Ag Today November 28, 2017
Petition kicks off to repeal increase in California gasoline tax
By Rob Nikolewski Contact Reporter
An effort to repeal an increase in gasoline taxes in California kicked off Monday afternoon, with supporters saying the hike overburdens motorists while critics say a reversal would blunt a $52 billion effort to shore up the state’s roads and bridges.
At the beginning of this month, the first iteration of Senate Bill 1 or the Road Repair and Accountability Act started to go into effect, raising the state excise taxes on gasoline by 12 cents to 41.3 cents a gallon. By the time the legislation is fully in force in July...
Ag Today November 27, 2017
Supreme Court won’t hear California water agencies’ appeal in tribe's groundwater case
Ian James, The Desert SunPublished 8:13 a.m. PT Nov. 27, 2017 | Updated 4:17 p.m. PT Nov. 27, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not hear an appeal by California water agencies in the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ landmark lawsuit asserting rights to groundwater beneath the tribe's reservation.
The Desert Water Agency and the Coachella Valley Water Disitrict had appealed to challenge a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled the tribe has a right to groundwater dating back to the federal government's...
Ag Today November 17, 2017
Santa Maria woman tried to sell $20,000 in stolen broccoli seeds, sheriff says
BY GABBY FERREIRA
firstname.lastname@example.org NOVEMBER 16, 2017 04:34 PM , UPDATED NOVEMBER 16, 2017 04:35 PM
A 21-year-old Santa Maria woman has been charged with felony possession of stolen property after authorities found her using Facebook to try to sell more than $20,000 worth of broccoli seeds stolen from her former employer, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday.
Sheriff’s deputies received a report of stolen broccoli seeds from Growers Transplanting Inc., a wholesale plant nursery, in Nipomo in early October, the Sheriff’s Office said.
During the investigation, an employee...
Ag Today November 16, 2017
Price of Thanksgiving dinner falls to the lowest since 2013
Kellie Ell, USA TODAYPublished 1:00 a.m. ET Nov. 16, 2017 | Updated 3:25 p.m. ET Nov. 16, 2017
Diners can give thanks that the price of this year’s Thanksgiving Day meal has gone down.
The average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease compared with last year’s average of $49.87, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 32nd annual price survey.
The turkey centerpiece decreased by 2 cents per pound. That means a 16-pound turkey that feeds 10 people with plenty of leftovers will set you back $22.38 — a...
Ag Today November 15, 2017
Monsanto, U.S. farm groups sue California over glyphosate warnings
Tom Polansek, Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate, which the company sells to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops.
The government of the most populous U.S. state added glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, to its list of cancer-causing chemicals in July and will require that products containing glyphosate carry warnings by July 2018.
California acted after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on...
Ag Today November 14, 2017
Growers concerned with funding in coming ag bill
November 13, 2017 -
By JENNIFER BONNETT
Business Journal Writer
Congress plans to write a new farm bill next year, authorizing programs on conservation, research, nutrition and other aspects of agricultural and food policy — and local growers want to make sure their funding needs are met.
The Farm Bill is important to the California almond industry and other growers in the areas of trade, conservation, bioenergy, technical assistance, research and block grants. But it has fallen short, according to some growers.
Bill Lyons’ family has been in the farming and ranching business for 90 years.
From his Mapes...
Ag Today November 13, 2017
Pacific-Rim Countries Move Closer to TPP Deal Without U.S.
Ministers agree on ‘core elements’ of revised trade pact; Canada’s reservations prevent final deal at APEC summit
By Ben Otto in Da Nang, Vietnam and Paul Vieira in Ottawa, Canada, The Wall Street Journal
Updated Nov. 12, 2017 5:18 a.m. ET
Eleven Pacific-Rim nations said on Saturday that they had made significant progress toward reaching a major trade pact 10 months after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S., but disagreements from Canada prevented a final deal.
Trade ministers said they had agreed on “core elements” of a revised version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership without America, a deal that still brings together...
Ag Today November 10, 2017
New regulations restrict pesticides use near schools, day care facilities
Cristian Ponce, The CalifornianPublished 6:04 p.m. PT Nov. 9, 2017
The likelihood of Salinas children being exposed to pesticides sprayed in fields near their schools will lessen starting Jan. 1 due to new regulations adopted by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation this week.
Under the new regulation, applications via aircraft, air-blast sprayers, sprinklers and fumigants will be prohibited during school hours between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, within a quarter of a mile from public K-12 schools as well as licensed day-care facilities.
Powder and dust applications, including sulfur, are also...
Ag Today November 9, 2017
Ag Secretary Shows a Softer Side on Immigration in Talks With California Farmers
By Vanessa Rancano NOVEMBER 8, 2017
When Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was governor of Georgia, he enacted one of the harshest immigration laws in the nation.
The crackdown on undocumented immigrants worked so well to drive them from the state that Georgia farmers had nobody to pick their crops come harvest. Fruits and vegetables rotted in fields and farmers lost millions.
But on his first visit to California since joining the Trump administration, Perdue indicated a different approach to immigration.
In meetings with Central Valley congressmen and farmers, Perdue heard about growing difficulties finding enough workers to harvest crops....
Ag Today November 8, 2017
California bans use of some farming pesticides near schools
NOVEMBER 07, 2017 5:43 PM, SAN FRANCISCO
California has banned farmers from using certain pesticides near schools and day care centers under a new rule announced Tuesday that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S.
Under the new rule, California farmers will be prohibited from spraying pesticides within a quarter mile (0.4 kilometers) of public K-12 schools and licensed daycare centers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school week, the state Department of Pesticide Regulation said in a statement.
The new regulations take effect Jan. 1 and apply to crop dusters...