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Ag Today October 26, 2017

Ag Tech conference emphasizes Salinas youth involvement Cristian Ponce, The CalifornianPublished 5:46 p.m. PT Oct. 25, 2017 | Updated 11:17 a.m. PT Oct. 26, 2017 Salinas leaders focused how to give area youth more opportunity to be part of the future of agriculture at the Agricultural Technology conference on Wednesday at Hartnell Colleges' Alisal Campus. The event, held by the Assembly Committee on Agriculture and Assembly Select Committee on Economic Development and Investment in Rural California, and led by Assembly Member Anna Caballero, focused on agriculture technology and its impact on the present and future workforce within the Salinas Valley as well as various...

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Ag Today October 25, 2017

NAFTA or no NAFTA, the $12.43-an-hour pay gap is irresistible It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but the folks who help U.S. companies set up production in Mexico say they’re having a solid year. Tecma Group has more business than ever in its three decades doing relocation. In just the last few weeks, it aided a maker of cleaning equipment and a packaging company make the move south. Chicago-based Mexico Consulting Associates has three new prospects interested in Mexico. Keith Patridge, who runs McAllen Economic Development Corp., expects at least 12 companies to set up shop in Reynosa alone this year....

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Ag Today October 24, 2017

‘I’m going to pray for the best’: Napa Valley winemakers return to their vineyards after fires By Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee Under a hazy blue sky, Aimee Sunseri strolls briskly through her family’s vineyard 1,000 feet above the east edge of Napa Valley. Dense and heavy clusters of dark grapes bracket her as she marches up a gentle slope, ducks through trellis wires to get a few rows over, then reverses her direction. She repeats these round trips a dozen times, through blocks of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and petite sirah. She zigs and zags, stopping every 15 feet or so to pluck a single berry...

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Ag Today October 23, 2017

Monterey Co. vineyards may feel ripple effects from Napa fires By Joe Szydlowski, Salinas Californian The devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma counties could affect Monterey County vineyards and wineries, which already normally sell grapes to their colleagues in the North. But many of the effects, and how noticeable they'll be up there, probably won't be known until next year because the growing season was already wrapping up and the extent of the damage is still being calculated, including the effects of lost power and water supplies, local vintners say. Read more......

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Ag Today October 20, 2017

Republicans Ready to Move on a Tax Plan Few Have Seen By Jim Tankersley, New York Times WASHINGTON — Almost no one on or off Capitol Hill has seen the tax overhaul bill that Republicans are drafting behind closed doors. Congressional staff members have not settled on many key details. Yet party leaders are preparing to move ahead on a timeline even more aggressive than their unsuccessful attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The swift pace to complete, release and quickly vote on a tax cut is aimed at leaving little time for the type of dissent that has scuttled...

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Ag Today October 19, 2017

Point Reyes ranch plan options get public airing By Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal Offering 20-year leases to ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore is among the alternatives National Park Service officials will consider as they look at addressing the future of agriculture in West Marin. A 30-day comment period on the alternatives will run through Nov. 15, with public hearings set for Point Reyes and Sausalito next week. Looking to provide West Marin ranchers with more security and opportunity, the park service was in the middle of a planning process for working beef cattle and dairy ranches spread over 28,000 acres within the...

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Ag Today October 18, 2017

Trump Administration Drops Tighter Rules on Meatpackers USDA reversal is blow to some farmers, advocacy groups; companies say rules would have made meat pricier Wall Street Journal The Trump administration Tuesday reversed efforts to make it easier for livestock farmers to challenge meatpackers over pricing and allegations of uncompetitive practices. Some farmers complained for years that big meat companies enjoyed excessive control over farmers’ livelihoods by leveraging their broad influence over pricing and supplies needed to raise poultry and livestock. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in December outlined the new rules that would have made it easier for farmers to contest their big customers. Meatpackers...

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Ag Today October 17, 2017

Trump administration green-lights company's plan to pipe water from Mojave Desert to cities By Ian James, Palm Springs Desert Sun President Donald Trump’s administration has approved a company’s plan to build a water pipeline to carry billions of gallons from the Mojave Desert to California cities. The federal Bureau of Land Management told Cadiz Inc. in a letter released Monday that the company won’t need a permit to build the pipeline alongside a railroad. The agency rescinded a 2015 decision by President Barack Obama’s administration that had blocked the project. The Los Angeles-based company said with no federal permit needed, it now plans to move...

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AG Today, October 16, 2017

Where the FDA Is Going Under Trump Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says it isn’t about more or fewer regulations. It’s about efficiency By Jacob Bunge,Wall Street Journal Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb serves a president who regularly speaks of rolling back business regulation. Dr. Gottlieb has postponed Obama-era food-labeling rules, pleasing some food manufacturers. But at the same time, he says, the FDA is working to implement another law passed under the former administration: the Food Safety Modernization Act, which will require companies to develop plans to prevent foodborne illness. Dr. Gottlieb talked about his job with Wall Street Journal reporter Jacob Bunge. Edited...

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Ag Today October 13, 2017

Retailers Are Bottling Their Own Milk, Raising Pressure on Dairy Companies Kroger, Wal-Mart and Albertsons spend millions of dollars on dairy processing plants in effort to expand their foothold in the industry By Heather Haddon and Benjamin Parkin, Wall Street Journal Big food retailers are becoming large players in the milk processing and bottling business, a development that threatens to squeeze a longstanding network of farmer-owned cooperatives and dairy processors. Milk is a low-margin commodity, susceptible to price swings. Americans are drinking less of it, even as demand rises for cheese, butter and other dairy products. But grocery executives say milk remains one the most...

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