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Ag Today February 15, 2018

Kevin McCarthy’s immigration problem: conservative loyalty vs. California ag interest BY EMILY CADEI-February 15, 2018 12:01 AM WASHINGTON When California Congressman Kevin McCarthy ran for speaker of the House in 2015, a lack of conservative support sunk his bid. Lately, though, the right has been warming to McCarthy, cheering his public stand in favor of immigration restrictions and defense of President Trump’s immigration demands. “Leader McCarthy is probably the closest member of House leadership to President Trump,” said R.J. Hauman, government relations director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors strict immigration limits. That gives Hauman’s group confidence that the Bakersfield-area Republican understands...

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Ag Today February 14, 2018

AG SECRETARY PERDUE TALKS TRADE, IMMIGRATION AT WORLD AG EXPO The Business Journal -Published On February 13, 2018 - 5:09 PM Written By David Castellon TULARE — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue discussed topics ranging from milk pricing to foreign trade to whether the president understands the need for foreign workers in agriculture during his first official visit to Tulare County. He made the comments during a town hall meeting at the International Agri Center shortly after the gates opened Tuesday morning for the opening day of the World Ag Expo. The three-day event is the largest agricultural trade show in the world that...

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Ag Today February 13, 2018

California Employers in a Bind Over Immigration Enforcement Statute requires employers to ask federal ICE agents for warrants or subpoenas before allowing them into private workplace areas By Nour Malas Updated Feb. 13, 2018 9:49 a.m. ET LOS ANGELES—After reports recently rippled across California’s agricultural heartland that immigration agents might audit farms, Bryan Little of the California Farm Bureau Federation sent an email alert to thousands of farmers warning them not to run afoul of a new state law governing their interactions with federal immigration officials. The law requires California employers to ask immigration agents for warrants or subpoenas before allowing them access to private...

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Ag Today February 12, 2018

Ag leader critical, air officials cautious, about UC study on valley air pollution BY STEVEN MAYER smayer@bakersfield.com Feb 7, 2018 - Bakersfield.com Roger Isom was not in a mood to be polite. When the president and CEO of the Fresno-based Western Agricultural Processors Association read about a UC Davis study published last week that attributed a huge chunk of the air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley to emissions from fertilized farm fields, Isom was, at best, perplexed, and at worst, fighting mad. And now he's pushing back. The study, published Jan. 31 in the research journal Science Advances, says unused fertilizer in agricultural soils...

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Ag Today February 9, 2018

Kings County Business: Immigration: Mayors hope to lobby Ag Secretary By John Lindt Feb 8, 2018 Updated 4 hrs ago Stung by an immigration enforcement battle that pits the state versus the Trump administration, Central Valley mayors hope to press the issue with U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue when he visits here. Perdue will be in Tulare next week for the World Ag Expo. Ag leaders say farmers are caught in the middle by state demands for a “sanctuary state” and ICE enforcement action at area packing houses that is scaring away workers. The Fresno Bee reported this week that Bee Sweet citrus...

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Ag Today February 8, 2018

Strong finish in December lifts California’s export trade industry BY MARK GLOVER,The Sacramento Bee February 07, 2018 09:30 AM-Updated February 07, 2018 05:28 PM California merchandise export trade closed out 2017 with an exceptional December, pushing the value of all shipments last year to $171.93 billion, the second-best showing ever. Last year’s total was up 5 percent over $163.62 billion amassed in 2016 and fell just short of the all-time record of $173.87 billion set in 2014, according to Beacon Economics’ analysis of U.S. trade statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Beacon noted that the comparison was on a straight-up dollar basis, not accounting...

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Ag Today February 7, 2018

Attorneys general sue Trump administration over water rule BY VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press February 06, 2018 05:45 PM - Updated February 06, 2018 05:46 PM NEW YORK Eleven Democratic state attorneys general on Tuesday sued President Donald Trump's administration over its decision to delay implementation of an Obama-era rule that would have expanded the number of wetlands and small waterways protected by the Clean Water Act. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said last week's decision by the Republican administration to postpone implementation of the 2015 Clean Water Rule for two years is an assault on public health. "We will fight back against this reckless rollback and...

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Ag Today February 6, 2018

Farmers See Too Much Government in Agriculture Wages, Worker Exploitation, and a ‘War’ Against Mexico Come Up at Santa Maria Forum Monday, February 5, 2018 -by KELSEY BRUGGER- Santa Barbara Independent Produce grower George Adam opened a forum for corporate farmers in Santa Maria on Friday by showing a slide that compared farmworker wages there to those in Mexico. Here, he said, farmers are struggling to pay high minimum wages while competing with Mexican farmers who pay laborers $5 an hour. “That has become a reality,” he said. “If we can still make our bottom line work, that’s a whole other reality.” Adam, owner...

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Ag Today February 5, 2018

Vacant lots, empty homes and dying orchards on bullet train route attract squatters, vandals and thieves By RALPH VARTABEDIAN, FEB 04, 2018 | 4:00 AM- Los Angeles Times Charlene Hook cherished her home of 30 years north of Corcoran, where pomegranate and pistachio orchards stretched for miles. So choosing to burn it down last year was a difficult decision. She and her husband had no plans to leave their 2½ acres until the day the state bullet train authority said its rails would go through their bedroom. Not long after the couple moved out, thieves broke into the house and stripped almost everything of...

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Ag Today February 2, 2018

Voters OK’d $2.7 billion for new reservoirs. Critics say California won’t spend it BY DALE KASLER AND RYAN SABALOW February 02, 2018 03:55 AM Updated 2 minutes ago It’s a tantalizing pot of money, $2.7 billion for new dams and reservoirs approved by California voters during the worst of the drought. But is the state willing to spend it? The California Water Commission, the obscure state agency in charge of allocating the money, stunned the California water world recently by giving a decidedly lukewarm response to the 11 applications it received for funding. Farm irrigation districts and municipal water agencies applying for the money fear that...

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