Ag Today May 23, 2017
Farmer faces $2.8 million fine for plowing field
Damon Arthur , Record Searchlight
Published 5:57 p.m. PT May 22, 2017
A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County.
A lawyer for Duarte Nursery said the case is important because it could set a precedent requiring other farmers to obtain costly, time-consuming permits just to plow their fields.
“The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) permit to plow to grow crops,”...
Ag Today May 22, 2017
Most California farm-water suppliers are breaking this law. Why doesn’t the state act?
BY RYAN SABALOW AND PHILLIP REESE, The Sacramento Bee
During California’s epic five-year drought, most of the state’s irrigation districts didn’t comply with a 2007 law that requires them to account for how much water they’re delivering directly to farmers, a Bee investigation has found.
State regulators are largely powerless to stop them, but they don’t seem too bothered by it. They say they’d rather switch to a different form of reporting.
Farm-advocacy groups say irrigation districts have been bombarded with a confusing slew of state and federal laws and regulations that...
Ag Today May 19, 2017
Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters
BY PAUL WISEMANAP Economics Writer-The Sacramento Bee
A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law.
But many farmers are nervous about another plank in Trump's agenda: His vow to overhaul U.S. trade policy, including his intent announced Thursday to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.
Trump's message that NAFTA was a job-killing disaster had never resonated much in rural America. NAFTA had widened access to Mexican and...
Ag Today May 18, 2017
Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate?
May 18, 20178:00 AM ET
FROMHARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA
The Agriculture Department established research centers in 2014 to translate climate science into real-world ideas to help farmers and ranchers adapt to a hotter climate. But a tone of skepticism about climate change from the Trump administration has some farmers worried that this research they rely on may now be in jeopardy.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media
The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may not be able to depend on research conducted by the government to help...
Ag Today May 17, 2017
MAY 16, 2017 5:42 PM
Agriculture teachers balk at what governor proposes to do with $15 million in budget
BY JOHN HOLLAND
High school agriculture teachers object to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed shift of $15 million for technical career training.
The plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 would put this money under workforce programs at community colleges, added to the $33 million they already were getting in recent years.
The shift would mean less money for in-service training of new high school teachers and for Future Farmers of America, which is closely tied to ag education. It also would reduce spending on “academies”...
Ag Today May 16, 2017
After Massive Bee Kill, Beekeepers Want Answers From Fresno County
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | Sacramento, CA |
When Rafael Reynaga came to check on his bee colonies in a Fresno almond orchard, he found a carpet full of dead bees on the ground.
Reynaga picked up a hive and found two inches of bees at the bottom. He says most were dead, but a few were still moving.
Dead bees reek, Reynaga says, like a dead rat.
He's been working with bees since the 1980s but he says he'd never experienced a bee kill firsthand until this February.
He'd lent two hundred...
Ag Today May 15, 2017
Trump reassures farmers immigration crackdown not aimed at their workers
By Mica Rosenberg and Kristina Cooke | WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO
President Donald Trump said he would seek to keep his tough immigration enforcement policies from harming the U.S. farm industry and its largely immigrant workforce, according to farmers and officials who met with him.
At a roundtable on farm labor at the White House last month, Trump said he did not want to create labor problems for farmers and would look into improving a program that brings in temporary agricultural workers on legal visas.
"He assured us we would have plenty of access to workers,"...
Ag Today May 12, 2017
Farming advocates visit embattled property Wednesday
By Julie Zeeb, Daily News
POSTED: 05/11/17, 6:19 PM PDT |
Red Bluff >> American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall visited Red Bluff Wednesday on his tour of California to visit the Paskenta Road property belonging to John Duarte, which has been involved in litigation with the Army Corps of Engineers since a visit in 2012.
Duvall was accompanied by California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger, First Vice President Jamie Johansson, District Director Brandon Fawaz and Field Representative Ned Coe along with Tehama County Farm Bureau First Vice President Tyler Christensen and manager Kari Dodd, Butte County Farm Bureau President...
Ag Today May 10, 2017
Growers, farmworkers say immigration raids scaring away labor
By Carolyn Lochhead
Updated 5:31 pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017
WASHINGTON — Growers and farmworker unions said Tuesday that a federal immigration crackdown in rural towns is scaring away workers and forcing cutbacks in production of hand-harvested produce.
The comments came as part of a push for a long-shot bill by California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris to revive Feinstein’s 2013 “blue-card” visa proposal that would provide legal status and a path to citizenship for farmworkers.
“Wherever I go in California — I was just up in the wine industry — when I talk to dairy farmers, when I talk to...
Ag Today May 9, 2017
Millennials Behind Latest California Wine Industry Boost
May 8, 2017 11:29 PM By Kelly Ryan
LODI (CBS13) — California wine growers and producers are enjoying a boost in wine sales and they say much of that is due to millennials.
Wine producers and growers in Lodi say they aren’t surprised and welcome the increase for the billion-dollar business.
Last year sales of California wines were up with sales of $34 billion. This growing trend, experts say, is due to a new generation of consumers who are buying more and drinking it up.
“We farm over 110,000 acres of wine grapes and produce over 20 percent of California premium wines, says Stuart Spencer of...