Colorful Harvest LLC, Salinas, Calif., has moved to larger offices in Salinas.

The company’s new address is 584 South Main St., Salinas. The move comes as the company recently hired new employees and expanded to a 32,000-square-foot cooler last year.

Farm Bureau executive steps down

Bob Perkins has resigned after nine years at the helm of the Monterey County Farm Bureau.

According to the bureau, Perkins resigned Feb. 9 because of budget issues and the agency is looking for a new executive director.

Perkins was an outspoken advocate for landowners’ rights, having spent his tenure at the Farm Bureau lobbying local government during work on many major land use ordinances.

Federal funds available for organic growers

Organic and transitioning growers are eligible for federal money aimed at promoting conservation practices, but the deadline to apply is coming up.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has $50 million allocated for the national 2010 Environmental Quality Incentives Program Organic Initiative, according to the Organic Farming Research Foundation, Santa Cruz, Calif.

The deadline to apply is March 12, and those who receive funding are paid 75% of the cost for the organic conservation measures they implement, according to a news release.

Beginning, limited resource and socially disadvantaged producers are paid up to 90%.

The program provides up to $20,000 per year with a maximum of $80,000 over six years, according to the release.