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November 26, 2022

Public input sought on Salinas Valley Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plans

SALINAS VALLEY — Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SVBGSA) Board of Directors on Aug. 12 approved Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) drafts to be released for public comment for the following subbasins: Eastside, Forebay, Langley and Upper Valley.  This comes after the 180/400 Foot Aquifer...

Newsom signs bill to protect farmworkers from wildfire smoke

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 73, Assemblymember Robert Rivas’ Farmworker Wildfire Smoke Protections Act, into law on Sept. 27. California’s wildfire season, combined with heat waves and the Covid-19 pandemic, has helped shine a light on the necessary safety protocols agricultural...

Assemblymember Rivas kicks off statewide agricultural tour in Salinas Valley

SALINAS VALLEY — Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) kicked off his statewide agricultural tour last month alongside local leaders and the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California. This first leg of the tour, beginning in Rivas’ Assembly District 30 on the Central Coast, included a celebration of...

Gonzales FFA student earns champion honors

GONZALES — Luis Gonzalez won multiple banners in this year’s Monterey County Fair, including Reserve Supreme Champion Market Goat for his goat named Roberto. Gonzalez, an incoming freshman member of the Gonzales High School Future Farmers of America (FFA), raised two animals for the fair,...

Flora’s Farm in Greenfield celebrates seven years

GREENFIELD — The Ripley family celebrated seven years of their Flora’s Farm stand outside Greenfield on Aug. 29. The business started as a small canopy closer to the creek, but has since expanded as the family attended local farmer’s markets and David Ripley built a...

Monterey County enters escrow on ag commissioner office in King City

KING CITY — Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez announced last week that the county has entered escrow on a property in King City that will host the return of the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office in South Monterey County. The location at 1011 Broadway St....

Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction returns with in-person show Saturday

MONTEREY — The thrill of in-person bidding at a livestock auction with live auctioneers and an engaged audience returns this Saturday, Aug. 28, with the Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction. The 2021 auction, returning for the first time since 2019, begins at 10 a.m....

Papé opens new service center in Gonzales

GONZALES — Papé Material Handling opened its new Gonzales location with a celebration earlier this month, allowing the public to tour the facility, get acquainted with the team and see an electric truck. An estimated 100 community members showed up to the Aug. 4 grand...

Monterey County crops decline in value after pandemic and fires

MONTEREY COUNTY — Crop values fell in 2020 by a total of $499 million from 2019, with 2020’s total at $3.9 billion, according to the Monterey County Crop Report issued by Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales on July 20. The 11.3% decrease in production...

Greenfield High receives Farm to School grant

GREENFIELD — South Monterey County Joint Union High School District (SMCJUHSD) will launch two farm-to-cafeteria educational programs between Greenfield High School and the district’s Food Services Department. The first-of-its-kind collaboration was made possible by a new grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s...

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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...