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NCGA Statement on E15 Proposed Rule

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National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp made the below statement following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of a proposed rule to allow for year-round sales of E15. “Today’s proposed rule is great progress to getting the rulemaking completed by the start of the summer driving season, June 1. NCGA appreciates EPA’s efforts to meet this deadline and we …

US Dairy Exports Decline Due to International Trade Dispute

US Dairy Exports Decline Due to International Trade Dispute

With a rising middle class in China, US dairy producers saw potential for a great marketing opportunities that has recently been shattered by the current international trade dispute.  With trade issues in Mexico as well, another big market for the the US dairy industry, there are big concerns as to how this will impact the industry in a time of …

California Farmland Trust Welcomes New Team Member: Chelsea Molina

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As the California Farmland Trust (CFT) works with more farmers and protects more farmland, the team is growing to meet the demand. The Elk Grove-based agricultural non-profit is pleased to announce Chelsea Molina as their new Conservation Project Coordinator. Chelsea has a dynamic style and the experience needed to deeply connect farmers and CFT. A deep connection is paramount to …

Protect Calf Hutches with the California Cattle Council

Protect Calf Hutches with the California Cattle Council

The passage of Proposition 12 last year really showed how misinformed the public is and Anti-Animal Ag activists continue to fuel the fire, and their next target in destroying the dairy and beef cattle industry is to outlaw calf hutches.  This is just one of the many issues California dairy and beef cattle producers are dealing with at this time. …

USDA Offers Flood Impacted California Farmers and Ranchers Immediate Disaster Assistance

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California Farm Service Agency Stands Ready to Assist Agricultural Producers Slammed by Recent Heavy Rains  California Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers across the state of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding. FSA offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in …

Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending March 2, 2019

Tulare County Crop Status

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Field crops that have already been planted are benefitting from the recent rainfall. Field activities have picked up due to warmer weather conditions, but stall a bit due to this week’s rain. Forage crops are still flourishing from the additional water. Some fields are beginning to be planted for spring silage. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, …

How Retaliatory Tariffs are Impacting the Almond Industry

There has been a lot of talk and concern about the retaliatory tariffs impacting the California almond industry, and as almond production continues increasing, just how is this all going to impact the market? Watch this brief interview with Julie Adams from the Almond Board of California as she responds to these concerns, and read more about it in Pacific …

How the New Farm Bill will Assist California Dairy Producers

While there has been a lot of talk about the new Farm Bill that finally passed, California dairy producers may be wondering how and if it will really impact them.  Aubrey Bettencourt, Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in California shared that it will, through the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program replacing the less impactful Margin Protection Program. …

USDA 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency. Each agency will take into account stakeholder input when making discretionary decisions on program implementation. Deadline for …

Statement on Bureau of Reclamation’s Initial Water Supply Allocation

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FRESNO, CA – Yesterday, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) announced a 35% initial water allocation for south-of-Delta Central Valley Project (CVP) agricultural water service contractors. Westlands appreciates that this initial allocation is higher than it otherwise would have been but for the diligent work by Reclamation staff to make the initial allocation as high as practicable. However, given the current …

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