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Ag education center, Rancho Cielo, launched in Salinas area
Rancho Cielo, a comprehensive learning and social services center for underserved youth in Monterey County, CA, has broken ground on a new agricultural educational effort that will help provide the produce industry with trained technicians. Called the Ted Taylor Agricultural Center at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, the 27,000-square-foot facility will give area youth the opportunity to receive their high school diploma and take... Read more

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As he has for seemingly decades, Andreas Economou, chief operating officer for Tastyfrutti International Inc., is getting ready to head to California for the start of the California grape season. “I’ll be out there May 13,” he said from his Philadelphia offices, adding that two other associates will come in a couple of days earlier to kick... Read more

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Over the last several years, two of Prime Time International’s founding partners have been turning the reins over to new managing partners Mike Way and Jeff Taylor. “It has been a very gradual transition as Jeff and Mike take on more responsibilities and assume day to day responsibilities, and Carl Sam Maggio and Mark Nickerson take a step back a... Read more

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Florist Sammie Scott dies at 98
Sammie Scott, believed to be the oldest American florist, died March 29 in Amarillo, TX, at the age of 98. Mr. Scott worked in his shop from 1957 up until two weeks before his death, according to a news release. His daughter, Mary Ruth Albracht, said her father had arranged about 40,000 casket pieces... Read more