About Us

California Ag Today is your timely, trusted, and essential source for coverage of California’s agriculture news: online, on the air, and on the ground. California Ag Today was born as a blog called Ag in the West in 2007. Today, California Ag Today covers the state’s complex $54 billion agricultural industry by providing daily and original news across various social media platforms. Recently, we’ve added social media and videos to the mix, as well as our eNewsletter!

Our Team

Patrick A. Cavanaugh

Owner, Farm News Director

A well-respected, award-winning and passionate journalist whose career has focused solely on California agriculture, Patrick Cavanaugh provides compelling and informational news about the state’s massive $54 billion agriculture industry on radio, print, web, forums and social media.

Cavanaugh’s academic agricultural background, a B.S. in agriculture production from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and experience managing a 500-acre table grape vineyard in Arizona, both instilled in him a tremendous respect for the demanding job of farming that provides sustenance, even pleasure at the dinner table. His background, plus experience covering California agriculture for three decades, has informed Patrick’s inside grasp of California’s complex agricultural issues.

Following his passion for agriculture, Cavanaugh became editor-in-chief for five monthly western agricultural publications in the 1980s. He later became co-owner and editor of two monthly agricultural magazines, Pacific Nut Producer and Vegetables West since 1994, professional ag broadcaster since 2010, and the first editor of the highly regarded website CaliforniaAgToday.com in 2007. (In 2021 he retired from the print magazines, following 37 years in the industry.)

Expanding his vision of providing timely, unique, and comprehensive reports on California’s wide diversity of crops and proven history of breaking stories, Cavanaugh and Laurie Greene launched the CaliforniaAgToday Radio Network in 2014, with Cavanaugh as Farm News Director, with 20 powerful affiliates spanning the state from Brawley to Red Bluff, including the Salinas Valley. In 2019, it was sold to the Ag Information Network, where Patrick continues to do a daily California Tree Nut Report. It continues to be the largest Ag radio network ever to serve the California agricultural industry exclusively.

Cavanaugh has received numerous First Place Awards for agricultural journalism in print and broadcasting from the Fresno County Farm Bureau, including the 2014 First Place Award for a series of articles in Pacific Nut Producer. Cavanaugh is a voting member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB).

Laurie Greene

Co-Owner

Laurie Greene is the founding editor of the CaliforniaAgToday.com.  Her steady editor’s hand provided a high bar for the coverage of the California specialty crops industry. Because of her talent, Google News recognized the website as the top digital media covering the complex California agricultural industry.   

In 2018, the Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB) recognized Greene, with a First Place Journalism Award in the Farm Trade Print category. Her nine-part series published on the website entitled, “Who Safeguards California Farm Workers’ Rights?” focused on the predominantly legal developments that illustrate the increasingly complex quagmire that masquerades as protecting farm employees’ rights in the state.