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A slowdown by the nation's meat processing plants due to outbreaks of COVID-19 has created a bottleneck in the supply chain, pushing prices lower across all cattle categories and forcing ranchers to make tough decisions about what to do with their market-ready animals.


Larger volumes of blueberries have inundated markets already rattled by COVID-19, pushing prices lower for farmers as the cost to bring their crops to market has risen.

California blueberry production is expected to hit a record 77 million pounds this year, with peak pr...

Even before the state shelter-in-place order became official, Tulare County farmers James and Dawn Birch had stopped attending their usual farmers markets.

At the time, Gov. Gavin Newsom had called on seniors and individuals most vulnerable to COVID-19 to stay home, so...

April 8, 2020

Loss of business due to mass closures of restaurants, schools and corporate cafeterias in response to COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders has small farms looking to collaborate as they try to adapt to the crisis by finding new markets and changing sales strategies.


March 11, 2020

As countries affected by the coronavirus try to control its spread, market and public reactions to the fast-moving situation have sent ripple effects to people in agriculture and the food business.

"The concern for ag is the impact on demand," said Joel Karlin, market a...

February 26, 2020

After several years of strong sales, greater supplies of lemons this season have soured market prices, though there's hope the launch of a new seedless variety could help rejuvenate the category.

California lemon shippers and packers agree larger crops and overlapping h...

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