agriculture

Flickr member Stew Dean

Reports out of Europe say this year's olive oil harvest is falling short, which will likely lead to higher prices at the grocery store.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Spain—the world's largest olive oil producer—is expecting output this year to drop by more than 50 percent.  The low yield is the result of several factors, including weather, tree stress, and insects the report states.

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A pair of Cal Poly alums are donating the largest single gift in Cal Poly history to the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences.

Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer are giving the school $20 million to go toward a variety of University initiatives. President Jeffrey Armstrong says those include the creation of a new Agricultural Events Center, an equestrian pavilion, and a new farm store.

In addition, the Oppenheimers are helping to feed Cal Poly students who are food insecure.

Broadcast date: 10/16/2014

Supporters of building local, sustainable and fair food systems believe that by connecting members of our community to the abundance of local food and farming in the County they can bridge the gap between what people eat and where it comes from, and in doing so, can  strengthen the food culture and the relationship people have with their food. These efforts have the potential to foster strong connections among farmers and have the ability to not only nourish our community, but make local food products more accessible for everyone.

Brittany App

From time to time this summer, KCBX News has hopped around our listening area to highlight local agriculture through those who run farmers’ markets, as a way to hear what’s available, in season, and new at the markets.

We also used the conversations to learn a bit about some of the challenges these markets may face, or new rules and programs that could change your experience.

Flickr member Damian Gadal

Strawberries continue to be Santa Barbara County's largest crop based on gross earnings, but wine grapes are quickly gaining steam.

The county's wine industry knocked broccoli production out of the number two spot for 2013 with a total value of $163 million.

The Agricultural Commissioner's office released the most recent crop report late Tuesday afternoon. It shows total value of all the local crops at more than $1.4 billion, up nearly ten percent from 2012.

North County Farmers Market Association

While farmers’ markets are a year-round tradition along the Central Coast, the bounty certainly kicks up a notch as we head into the summer months of June, July, and August.

This year however, you may find it more difficult to locate some favorites at your local market. For instance, some farmers are no longer growing water-intensive crops like blueberries and corn.

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