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Western Growers Statement on U.S. and Mexico Trade Deal

In response to the deal reached by the U.S. and Mexico to avert the addition of five percent tariffs on all Mexican goods, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement: “We are pleased that this potential impediment to trade between our two countries has been avoided. Mexico represents one of the largest export markets for U.S. …

Organic Trade Association holds Bold Ideas & Critical Conversations Conference

Critical Conversations Conference

The Organic Trade Association promised to look at the world of organic a little differently at its 2019 policy conference, and it kept its word. The association invited other organizations that are working to advance food and farming priorities to share their bold ideas with the organic community. It hosted social influencers from around the country to educate them on …

Tulare County Crop Report (For the Week Ending June 1, 2019)

Tulare County Crop Status

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Winter wheat is being green chopped for silage; some is being dried, with harvest nearing completion. Harvested fields are being disked and planted for silage or other forage crops. Alfalfa fields are making excellent progress, with the rain providing an added boost. Local dairies continue to cut oats for silage and baled hay. Corn …

United Dairy Families of California Forms to Resolve Quota Dispute

On March 29, 2019 the Department received a petition to terminate the Quota Implementation Plan (QIP). Per the procedures for handling petitions, the Department has performed a review of the petition signatures and has determined that the twenty five percent (25%) threshold has not been achieved. Therefore, the petition will not be referred to the Producer Review Board. In calculating …

Ag Advocacy Group Awards Cornucopia Award

Ag Advocacy Group Awards Cornucopia Award

Members of the California Women for Agriculture (CWA) walked the halls of California’s state capitol earlier this month to discuss current agriculture policies with legislative representatives. As part of the organization’s annual statewide meeting in Sacramento, the CWA also honored Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman with its Cornucopia Award, celebrating her commitment to support California agriculture. “CWA has a proud …

USDA Seeks Feedback from California and Nevada Growers about 2019 Crops, Stocks, Inventories, and Values

USDA Seeks Feedback

During the next several weeks, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey over 3,100 farmers across California and Nevada, and nearly 30,000 across the U.S. to determine crop production and supply levels in 2019. “Due to the widespread and significant impact of …

Almonds Included in Round 2 of Relief Funding Due to Tariff Retaliation

Relief Funding-Almonds

Today USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced round two of support for farmers impacted by retaliatory tariffs and trade disruption in key export markets, specifically China. California almonds are included in the $16 billion trade mitigation package. The package will consist of $14.5 billion for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), $1.4 billion for the Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP) and …

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