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Irrigation Districts’ Court Victory Reestablishes Certainty for Irrigation Water

By Lauren D. Bernadett & Michael E. Vergara California’s recent drought challenged practically everyone in the state, and those challenges were most acutely felt by farmers and the agricultural industry. While the state and local districts made several significant law and policy changes during the drought, one decision that caused great concern and had significant effects for water providers and …

Mexican Dignitaries and UC 4-H Leadership Honored in the California State Senate

Sacramento, Calif., (April 10, 2018) – Dignitaries from the Baja California department of agriculture were recognized along with representatives of the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources 4-H program by the California State Senate on April 2 for an agreement the two organizations forged last year to bring 4-H to children across the border. In presenting a resolution, Senator Ben Hueso, whose district includes the …

Farmers Concerned About Potential New Tariffs

Sacramento, Calif., (April 5, 2018) – China has threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on American exports following President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Agricultural exports are in the crosshairs, reported Thaddeus Miller in the Merced Sun-Star. China’s tariffs would first hit U.S. products such as avocados and nuts with 15 percent duties, the article says. …

Farmers Concerned About Potential New Tariffs

Sacramento, Calif., (April 5, 2018) – China has threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on American exports following President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Agricultural exports are in the crosshairs, reported Thaddeus Miller in the Merced Sun-Star. China’s tariffs would first hit U.S. products such as avocados and nuts with 15 percent duties, the article says. …

USDA Releases Final CA FMMO Decision

Modesto, Calif., (April 4, 2018) – USDA released the long awaited final decision for a California Federal Milk Marketing Order today. The potential differences between the final decision and USDA’s draft recommended decision from February 2017 had been a source of speculation in the industry for many months. Exactly how different was the final decision from the previous version? The …

California State Board Of Food And Agriculture To Hear Updates On Current Water Conditions

Sacramento, Calif., (April 4, 2018) – The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will hear updates by federal and state officials on current water conditions and the outlook for this summer at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, …

Electronic Log Mandate for Ag Drivers-Extension Granted

Sacramento, Calif., (March 28, 2018) – On March 13th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) officially announced an additional 90-day waiver from ELDs for haulers transporting agricultural commodities. The new 90-day temporary delay will take effect March 18th, as the previous delay expires. ISSUE: The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate went into effect in December 2017. However, after petitioning by CFBF, AFBF …

New Report Details How Cap-and-Trade Proceeds Benefit California

Sacramento, Calif., (March 26, 2018) – A new report details the dramatic growth last year in Cap-and-Trade investments that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions while strengthening local economies and improving public health and the environment across the state, especially in disadvantaged and low-income communities. More than $720 million in new funding last year went to projects that were either under way …

Farm Bureau Calls for Clarity on Exemptions for Agricultural Haulers

Washington, D. C., (March 6, 2018) – While again urging the Department of Transportation to grant agricultural haulers a waiver and limited exemption from the electronic logging device mandate, Farm Bureau in recent comments responded to the department’s efforts to provide clarity to the 150-air mile agricultural commodity exemption and the hours of service regulations. Until recently, very few Farm …

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