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“Guacamole from Mexico Fuels Surge of Avocado Imports” by Hoy F. Carman

Dec. 11, 2020

This article looks at factors associated with recent rapid growth in demand for processed avocados, including adaptation and adoption of High-Pressure Processing (HPP) technology. California producer- and importerfunded research and …

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“By-Product Use in California Dairy Feed Has Vital Sustainability Implications” by Scott Somerville, Daniel A. Sumner, James Fadel, Ziyang Fu, Jarrett D. Hart, and Jennifer Heguy

Dec. 11, 2020

Milk cow feed rations in California include a huge variety of byproduct feeds that contribute a substantial share of nutrition. Byproduct use helps moderate feed costs, provides important income to …

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“2018 Trade War, Mitigation Payments, and California Agriculture” by Colin A. Carter, Jiayi Dong, and Sandro Steinbach

Dec. 11, 2020

The U.S. substantially increased a number of import tariffs in 2018, precipitating a trade war that was very costly to U.S. agriculture, given its dependence on international trade. The losses …

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“COVID-19 and Urban Water Consumption” by Mehdi Nemati

Oct. 13, 2020

This article examines the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on water usage in California, using anonymized customer water consumption daily data from a midsized city in Northern California (City). Results suggest …

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“Going Nuts for More Bees: Factors Influencing California Almond Pollination Fees” by Brittney K. Goodrich and Jennie L. Durant

Oct. 13, 2020

Due to low almond prices, 2021 pollination expenses will be scrutinized. Using grower survey data, we find the following were associated with higher pollination fees and potential benefits for growers: …

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“Modifying Marketing Orders to Face New Challenges” by Rachael E. Goodhue and Harry M. Kaiser

Oct. 13, 2020

Growers’ strategies to enhance the economic sustainability of their farms are constantly evolving to address changing markets and production conditions. State or federal marketing orders enable farmers, farmer-organizations, and, in …

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“Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Winter Cover Cropping in California” by Ellen Bruno, Alyssa DeVincentis, Samuel Sandoval Solis, and Daniele Zaccaria

Aug. 13, 2020

Winter cover cropping is a promising agricultural management practice that boosts soil health. This article discusses a benefit-cost analysis of winter cover crop adoption and introduces a web-based interactive calculator …

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“Preparing for a Drier Future: Welfare Consequences on the Salton Sea Region of Re-allocating Colorado River Flow Deficit” by Jacob Rightnar and Ariel Dinar

Aug. 13, 2020

Colorado River water flow is running short of its 1922 allocation to users. We assess effects of reallocation of Colorado River water deficit on sectoral and regional welfare in the …

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“The Conflicting Effect of Obesity and Undernourishment on Average Life Expectancy” by Sangeeta Bansal, Shivani Gupta, Jacob Lefler, and David Zilberman

Aug. 13, 2020

There is a growing concern regarding the health effects of increasing global obesity rates, and micro-level studies demonstrate that obesity reduces life expectancy.

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"COVID-19 and Farm Workers: Challenges Facing California Agriculture" by Timothy Beatty, Alexandra Hill, Philip Martin, and Zachariah Rutledge

May 29, 2020

When stay-at-home orders were issued in March 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19, farm workers were deemed essential and expected to continue working. As California’s farm employment climbs toward …

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