Chris Krebs, general manager of Farmers Fresh Mushrooms California, looks over a tray of white agaricus mushrooms in one of his operation’s growing rooms in Colusa. These rooms are maintained at 62 to 65 degrees to keep the mushrooms from growing too fast. California mushroom farmers are challenged by a shortage of employees and competition from regions of the U.S. where production costs are lower.
Photo/Kevin Hecteman
Recently harvested brown agaricus mushrooms await packing at Farmers Fresh Mushrooms California in Colusa.
Photo/Kevin Hecteman
Increased costs squeeze mushroom farms
Rising costs and pressure from competitors foreign and domestic are putting the squeeze on California's tight-knit mushroom community. Read more...

Bill would boost inspections at U.S. seaports, airports
More agricultural inspectors would be hired at U.S. ports of entry to ensure safe, secure trade and prevent entry of pests and diseases, under federal legislation passed by Congress. Read more...

Commentary: Farmers must reach out to the world beyond the farm
(Editor's note: American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall visited California last week, touring Central Valley farms and speaking at the opening ceremonies of the 2020 World Ag Expo in Tulare. Here are excerpts of his remarks.) Read more...

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