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New Farm Bill Priorities Supporting Specialty Crop Agriculture

As legislature continues to work on completing a new Farm Bill, specialty crops may reap greater representation and benefits than in any previous Farm Bill. Watch this brief video featuring Philip Karsting from Olsson Frank Weeda as he discusses their priorities for specialty crop ag at a recent conference held by American Pistachio Growers. Special thanks to American Pistachio Growers for sponsoring this video.

March 28 Webinar on Emergency Relief Program 2022 Track 2

Emergency Relief Program (ERP) 2022 Track 2 is a revenue-based certification program designed to assist producers who suffered a loss in revenue resulting from 2022 calendar year disaster events when compared with revenue in a benchmark year. Join USDA staff and experts Guido van der Hoeven and JC Hobbs as they provide an overview of ERP 2022 Track 2, completing …

Dairy Producers Can Enroll for 2024 Dairy Margin Coverage

Dairy producers are now able to enroll for 2024 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC), an important safety net program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides producers with price support to help offset milk and feed price differences. This year’s DMC signup began Feb. 28, 2024, and ends April 29, 2024. For those who sign up for 2024 DMC …

Ag Retailers Association Honors Jimmy Panetta with Legislator of the Year Award

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) honors Representative Jimmy Panetta with a Legislator of the Year award. “Producers in California’s 19th Congressional District and across the country need access to the latest innovative tools in order to feed the world and better protect our environment,” said Rep. Panetta. “It’s an honor to receive the Legislator of the Year award from the ARA as we …

March USDA Lending Rates for Ag Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced loan interest rates for March 2024, which are effective March 1, 2024. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans provide important access to capital to help agricultural producers start or expand their farming operation, purchase equipment and storage structures or meet cash flow needs. “I encourage our lenders and borrowers alike to work with our local …

Ag Trade Caucus Leaders Urge Reduction of Trade Barriers Holding Back Farmers

U.S. Representatives Jim Costa (CA-21), Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), Adrian Smith (NE-03), and Dusty Johnson (SD-AL), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Agricultural Trade Caucus led 24 of their colleagues in the House urging the Biden Administration to make agriculture a priority in its trade agenda by reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers for American agricultural exports. The Members encourage the U.S. Trade Representative …

Friant Water Authority and Arvin Edison Water Storage District Sue Eastern Tule GSA

The Friant Water Authority (FWA) and the Arvin-Edison Water Storage District (AEWSD) have filed a lawsuit against the Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency (ETGSA) in Tulare County Superior Court for breach of a settlement agreement between the parties regarding land subsidence impacts to the Friant-Kern Canal and for intentional interference with AEWSD’s contract with the United States Bureau of Reclamation …

California Growers Celebrate Legislative Win Supporting Groundwater Recharge

Last Fall, Governor Newsom signed SB 659, The California Water Supply Solutions Act of 2023, sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and the Regional Water Authority in Sacramento.  But what does this mean for California farmers implementing groundwater recharge practices in the coming months?  Watch this video with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers to …

Ag Council of California Welcomes Intern Lauren Spellman

The Ag Council of California is pleased to welcome a new intern to the team, Lauren Spellman. Lauren grew up in Corcoran, California where her father farms cotton, tomatoes, and pistachios. She is a junior at the University of California, Davis studying environmental science and management with an emphasis in watershed science. After graduation, she plans on becoming an environmental consultant …

Applications Available for California Ag Leadership Program Class 54

Applications are now being accepted for Class 54 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP). Applicants should be mid-career growers, farmers, ranchers, horticulturalists, foresters and/or individuals working in other areas of California’s diverse agriculture industry. The Ag Leadership Program, operated by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF), is considered to be one of the premier leadership development experiences in the …

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