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November 23, 2022

Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction to honor local youths and their animals

MONTEREY COUNTY — The 2022 Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction is being dedicated to Taylor Farms, the Salinas-based grower and packager of fresh produce that has supported the Fair’s 4-H and FFA exhibitors for more than 20 years by purchasing animals at the...

District 4 Dairy Princess and alternates crowned

CENTRAL COAST — Ellie Dyt knows a lot more about the California dairy industry than most 17-year-old high schoolers. Dyt was raised on a dairy farm her whole life in the small town of Crows Landing, home to thousands of dairy cows, gaining first-hand experience...

Monterey County’s crop values increase in 2021

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County agriculture’s gross production value bounced back by 4.8% in 2021 to just over $4.1 billion, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that also resulted in supply chain shortages. This increase represents a $190 million rise from 2020, when the gross production...

CRU Winery wins Best Pinot Noir at Toast of the Coast Wine Competition

SOLEDAD — CRU Winery’s Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir has won Best Pinot Noir of Show at the 2022 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition. Planted in 1971, the Sierra Madre Vineyard is located in Santa Maria Valley and is known for producing high quality...

Salinas Valley inspires native’s photography exhibit

SOLEDAD — Salinas Valley native and photographer Joe Ramos currently has an exhibition of his photographs at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. Ramos grew up in Soledad in a Filipino and Mexican farmworker family, living mostly in farm labor camps, and graduated...

Food banks provide helping hand to Salinas Valley farmworkers

GREENFIELD — Celebration Nation is continuing to host food banks for local farmworkers in the Salinas Valley, with the next two events planned for King City and Greenfield on upcoming Saturdays. The nonprofit, launched in 2020 to support farm-working communities in California, currently schedules food distributions...

Hartnell hosts conference on ‘Culture of Food Safety’

SALINAS VALLEY — Nearly 400 people with a professional stake in the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed worldwide gathered at Hartnell College on May 4-5 for the 17th Annual Western Food Safety Conference. The conference, held on Hartnell’s Main Campus in Salinas as...

Hartnell hosts conference on agriculture industry’s changing workforce needs

SALINAS VALLEY — Hartnell College hosted a special version of the annual Ag Tech Summit — a half-day, in-person program called AgTechX Ed — last month on the Main Campus in Salinas. The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology has joined with the California...

Fair once again brings thrills to Salinas Valley

SALINAS VALLEY — The 78th annual Salinas Valley Fair returned after two years of Covid-19 pandemic closures with crowds packing the fairgrounds in King City, living up to the theme of “Back in the Saddle.”  While total attendance numbers weren’t available yet, the four days...

‘Party’ honors longtime Salinas Valley grower

SALINAS VALLEY — Hartnell College Foundation will honor longtime Salinas Valley grower John Romans with its 2022 Leadership Award at the Party Near the Library this Saturday, May 21. Romans, a member of the foundation’s board of directors, was a longtime owner of King City-based...

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Cross Country | Hartnell College runners from South Monterey County earn...

SALINAS VALLEY — Competing in their last race as junior college runners, Ashley Ochoa of Gonzales and Esteban Deniz of King City earned All-American...