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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

Westlands Article

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 …

What is FDA Detention and What Do We Do About it?

Detention; a word associated with childhood pranks, the principal’s office, guilt, and remorse. In a similar fashion, receiving notice from the United States (US) government that your facility’s products have been detained can also trigger those negative childhood emotions. FDA Detention Explained Detention occurs when products entering the US are refused entry; either by the US Food & Drug Administration …

California Farm Water Coalition Statement on New Biological Assessments

California Farm Water Coalition Statement on New Biological Assessments

Recognizing the failure of the existing biological opinions issued a decade ago by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for Delta smelt and by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for salmon, the Bureau of Reclamation released a new biological assessment which serves as the basis for new biological opinions that will be released within 135 days. The Biological …

Public Hearing on Proposed New “Waters of the United States”

Public Hearing on Proposed New “Waters of the United States”

Hearing will be held February 27-28, 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas Following President Trump’s directive to provide certainty to American farmers and landowners so that the economy can continue to expand while waters are protected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) are moving to the next steps in proposing a new definition of …

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