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Voluntary Agreement on Water Represents the Future and Deserves Prop 68 Funding

Voluntary agreement on water

Statement by Mike Wade, California Farm Water Coalition Executive Director: California has always prided itself on cutting-edge ideas. It is the place others turn to for new solutions to old problems. We are currently faced with a choice to continue that tradition of innovation with a fresh approach to water and environmental management or chain ourselves to outdated practices of the past. …

California Farmers Have Raised Wages, But Still Unable to Find Enough Workers

Workers-needed-CalAgNet

Statewide Survey by Farm Bureau & UC Davis Finds Farmers Turning to Labor-Saving Crops: Despite raising wages and increasing benefits, California farmers are failing to find enough people to pick fruits and vegetables and harvest other crops, and they are offsetting this labor shortage by changing to less labor-intensive crops and adding automation. Moreover, farmers are calling on Congress to …

Tulare County Crop Report (For the week ending May 11, 2019)

Tulare County Crop Status

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Winter planted dry land oats are being harvested, baled and hauled for livestock feed. Wheat and alfalfa continue tothrive. Forage crops are ready to be cut for hay and/or silage. Ground preparation continues for spring forage androw crops. Cotton and corn are germinating and showing good growth. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Thinning …

Bill Lyons honored as Member of the Year by the Almond Alliance of California

Bill-Lyons-CalAgNet

The Almond Alliance of California has selected Bill Lyons, a third generation farmer from Modesto, as its Member of the Year. The award was announced at the Alliance’s annual convention held in Napa April 30-May 2. “Bill played a leading role in helping transform the former Almond Hullers and Processors Association into the Almond Alliance with an increased emphasis on …

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

Organic Certification

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019. “Producers can visit their local FSA county offices to apply …

USDA Seeks Five Nominees for the National Organic Standards Board

National Organic Standards Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks nominations of qualified individuals for five open seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The 15-member advisory board considers and makes recommendations on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and other issues involving the production, handling and processing of USDA certified organic products. Each member serves a five-year term and represents …

Plant Protection & Quarantine Releases 2018 Annual Report

Plant Protection & Quarantine

Safeguarding our Nation’s agriculture and natural resources against harmful plant pests is an awesome responsibility, one we take very seriously. Thanks to USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) employees, cooperators, and partners, the United States has one of the most robust plant health safeguarding systems in the world. That is because we continuously take steps to enhance our ability to …

Wine Institute Applauds New Congressional Wine Caucus Leadership

Congressional Wine Caucus Leadership

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Napa Valley, CA), the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus, announced today that Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Yakima Valley, WA) has been selected as the new Co-Chair of the Wine Caucus. Newhouse, a lifelong farmer and winegrape grower, represents the premier wine regions of Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley and the Walla Walla Valley. Newhouse will serve …

Food Safety Issues Carry Increasingly High Risks for Suppliers

food safety issues

The financial risks and costs associated with food safety are increasing and food suppliers will face continued increases in food safety costs over the coming years. Until there is reliable traceability throughout the food supply chain, the advanced technology that enables faster identification of food safety issues is also increasing the likelihood of more broad-based food advisories being issued. A …

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