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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 …

Western Growers Board of Directors Votes Unanimously to Oppose Flawed Immigration Bill

Irvine, Calif., (March 5, 2018) – Legislation that would worsen the worker shortage crisis for farmers throughout the country has received unanimous opposition from the board of directors of Western Growers, whose members supply more than half the fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, grown both conventionally and organically, in the United States. Western Growers members are based in California, …

Immigration & Ag Labor Update from CAWG

It’s going to be another tough year for growers when it comes to finding sufficient labor to take care of the 2018 crop. Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers who provided an update on the current legislative status of the labor and immigration situation.  Miiller helps growers understand the current dynamics taking …

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Could Have Unusual Power In The Cabinet

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue followed his town hall at the World Ag Expo last week with visits with farmers and tours of farmland in the San Joaquin Valley. “I need all the education I can get,” Perdue said at Harris Woolf California Almonds facility in Coalinga, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times by Geoffrey Mohan. Mohan spoke to the director of the UC Agricultural …

CFBF and Canadian Produce Marketing Association Highlight Importance Of NAFTA

CFBF and Canadian Produce Marketing Association Highlight Importance Of NAFTA

Sacramento, Calif., (March 1, 2018) – The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has created a vital trading relationship for both Canadian and Californian agricultural and food businesses. Today, at a trade panel discussion hosted by the Canadian consulate, both the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) reiterated their support for NAFTA and emphasized …

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