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Cultivating Opportunity

Alfredo - CSCCultivating Opportunity for Workers

Today's post is brought to you by the California Strawberry Commission.  The California Strawberry Commission is a state government agency located in Northern California charged with conducting research to support California’s strawberry industry. With an emphasis on sustainable farming practices, the commission works with strategic partners focusing on production and nutrition research, food safety training and education, marketing and communications, trade relations and public policy. Here is an interesting article that talks about the opportunities that exist in the strawberry industry.  The California Strawberry Commission  states that 25% of strawberry farmers got their start as field workers.  With that being said strawberry farmers understand that field work is hard work and respect their workers.  Strawberry farmers provide their field workers with the opportunities to grow with in their business because they were once in their shoes. In the past 50 years the farmers have followed all the updates with regulations and laws when it comes to safe and fair work environments for their workers.  In California strawberry farmers comply with over 70 different laws and regulations to protect their field workers, communities and consumers.  There are numerous training and leadership workshops offered by the commission available to farmers in California. The California Strawberry Commission put together a report that talks more about the extensive work ethics and on the job training that provides opportunities for workers, along with various California Growers and their stories how they became successful strawberry farmers.  One of our very own Alfredo Ramirez is one of the featured workers that has moved from field worker to supervisor of a nursery in the report.  There are also topics on what it takes to be a strawberry farmer.  Click here to view the full report Cultivating Opportunities for Workers https://calstrawberry1-web.sharepoint.com/Reports/Public/Cultivating%20Opportunities%20for%20Workers.pdf http://www.californiastrawberries.com/a_sustainable_harvest/cultivating_opportunity  

California Strawberry Commission – Weekly Digest

Our blog post today is brought to you by the California Strawberry Commission's Weekly Berry Digest! You can find all of the latest information for California strawberry growers, shippers and processors every Friday morning in your In Box. Urgent communications will still be sent in a timely manner, but also included in the weekly digest.

U.C. Strawberry Breeding Program Update

by Dr. Steve Knapp

Breeding Program Rebuilding with 188 Varieties Planted for Evaluation The next-generation of the University of California Strawberry Breeding Program began operations in February. Steve Knapp (Professor) and Glenn Cole (Staff Research Associate) have since criss-crossed the state, meeting with growers and colleagues, identifying cooperators, and preserving and multiplying germplasm. Significant efforts have been made to: • assemble and analyze pedigree records, • plan and execute new breeding work, • establish a new state-of-the-art genetics and genomics laboratory to support the breeding program, • recruit, select, and mentor staff and graduate students, • invest in facilities and equipment, and, • organize, and plant yield trials in Ventura, Santa Maria, Watsonville, and Salinas. The yield trials are a critical element of the transition of the breeding program. The University of California is committed to developing and delivering outstanding cultivars and ensuring that promising transition cultivars are identified and advanced without delay on behalf of the strawberry industry in California. Testing is underway with 116 short-day 'transition' cultivars (advanced selections) in Ventura and Santa Maria and 72 day-neutral transition cultivars in Santa Maria, Watsonville, and Salinas. These cultivars originated from crosses produced at UC-Davis between 2004 and 2012. The yield trials are being grown and managed in collaboration with Dave Murray (Ventura), Dave Peck (Santa Maria), Greg France (Santa Maria), Tom AmRhein (Watsonville), and Jose Garcia (Salinas). Field days will be organized in Spring 2016 and results of these yield trials will be reviewed and reported at grower and other meetings in 2016. You can find more information on the California Strawberry Commission website by clicking here.