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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 …

UC Davis Leads World in Veterinary Science, Second in Agriculture

Davis, Calif., (March 6, 2018) – The University of California, Davis, continues to be ranked first in the world in veterinary science and second in agriculture and forestry, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings by subject released today (Feb. 28). Among 48 disciplines, UC Davis ranked in the top 50 in seven. In addition to veterinary science and …

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, …

CDFA Now Accepting Applications For Healthy Soils Program Technical Assistance Grants

CDFA CalAgNet

Sacramento, Calif., (March 5, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting grant applications from non-profits, universities and California Resource Conservation Districts (RCD) offering technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who are interested in applying to the state’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP). “If we are to meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals and improve the health …

Bakersfield Dairy Farmers Embrace Climate Smart Technology

Bakersfield, Calif., (March 5, 2018) – For second generation dairy farmer Felix Echeverria, dairy farming is a family affair. His father, an immigrant from Spain’s Basque country, began milking cows in Southern California in the early 1950’s. Since then, Mr. Echeverria and his brother Johnny, have spent most of their mornings on dairy farms, waking early to milk the cows, …

New California Waterfowl Tracker Website Launched to Help Poultry Producers Assess Bird Flu Risk

Sacramento, Calif., (March 2, 2018) – Circles on the California Waterfowl Tracker map shows where waterfowl are feeding and roosting. Red indicates a high density of birds, orange is medium density and yellow is low density. To reduce potential exposure to avian influenza, a new interactive website is now available to help California poultry producers, backyard poultry enthusiasts, regulators and …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (March 2, 2018) – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of Major crops in the most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Corn is being planted as weather allows. Winter wheat and oats are growing slowly due to insufficient rainfall, but rain this week and next will be helpful. Ground preparation …

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Could Have Unusual Power In The Cabinet

Tulare, Calif., (March 1, 2018) – 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 …

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 …

Cold Snap Under Way for the Central Coast – What to do on the Berry Side

Sacramento, Calif., (March 1, 2018) – We have a stretch of unusually cold weather, including freezing temperatures at night, underway currently on the Central Coast, and it has attracted a lot of attention. Being originally from Wisconsin, it always slays me what people here think of as cold.  I was up in Cupertino this morning, and overheard a women exclaiming …

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