Ag Today Thursday, May 19, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
UC Davis wins early ruling in strawberry lawsuit
By Dale Kasler
UC Davis and its lucrative strawberry-breeding program have won an important early victory in a lawsuit filed by two former campus scientists who have formed their own strawberry-breeding company.
A federal judge in San Francisco last week rejected an attempt by the two former UC Davis scientists’ new company, California Berry Cultivars LLC, to gain control of a family of valuable strawberry plants located in a campus greenhouse. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria rejected California Berry’s request for a temporary restraining order that would have forced UC...
Ag Today Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Sen. Dianne Feinstein pushes Senate subcommittee for water bill to address California's drought
By Sarah D. Wire
El Niño's rains didn't end California's drought, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein urged Senate colleagues Tuesday to hurry and find a compromise on a package of bills to address the water crisis in the West.
"There appears to be no immediate end in sight," Feinstein said. "The drought is going to continue through next year."
Feinstein testified Tuesday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Water and Power Subcommittee about her proposal, which includes short-term drought relief for California and long-term...
Ag Today Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Academies of Science finds GMOs not harmful to human health
By Elizabeth Weise
SAN FRANCISCO — Genetically engineered crops are safe for humans and animals to eat and have not caused increases in cancer, obesity, gastrointestinal illnesses, kidney disease, autism or allergies, an exhaustive report from the National Academies of Science released Tuesday found.
Work on the 388-page report began two years ago and was conducted by a committee of more than 50 scientists, researchers and agricultural and industry experts convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It reviewed more than 900 studies and data...
Ag Today Monday, May 16, 2016
Monday, May 16, 2016
McClatchy News Service
A question for the ages: Can Congress pass a California water bill?
By Michael Doyle
California’s two Democratic senators remain somewhat out of sync over proposed water legislation, underscoring its ambiguous future on the eve of a big hearing.
Four months after Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s introduction of her latest California water package, Sen. Barbara Boxer is still evaluating the 185-page bill. Her wait-and-see attitude hints at complex undercurrents, as she supports some parts of Feinstein’s bill while seeking more feedback about other parts.
“I think many of us feel the same way as Sen. Boxer,” said Rep. Jared...
Ag Today Friday, May 13, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Modesto event challenges farmers to get political through Ag Unite
By John Holland
About 800 farmers and allies heard a rallying cry Thursday about water supplies, regulation and other strains on agriculture.
They came for lunch at Modesto Junior College and to hear about Ag Unite, a political arm of the California Farm Bureau Federation.
“We have Ag Unite because at the end of the day, we have to pull together and we have to be active politically,” said Paul Wenger, who grows walnuts and almonds just west of Modesto and is president of the federation.
The Farm Bureau already...
Ag Today Thursday, May 12, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Ag overtime hurts workers
By Barry Bedwell
For the third time in less than a decade, legislators in Sacramento are again attempting to change the rules for when agricultural workers would be paid overtime. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has introduced AB 2757 which would remove the current provisions whereby agricultural workers are paid overtime after 10 hours in a day or 60 hours in a week so that the net impact would be that all workers in the state would be subject to the same 8 hour day and 40 hour week before overtime applies.
Ag Today Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Farmworkers win court battle over access to California labor board's proceedings
By Geoffrey Mohan
A District Court of Appeal panel has revived a constitutional case involving public access to contract mediation proceedings held by the state's farm labor watchdog.
A farmworker and business owner now can air their case against the Agricultural Labor Relations Board in a Fresno County Superior Court, which had refused to hear it because a state law limited its jurisdiction, the Fresno-based panel ruled Monday.
That limit, part of a 2002 law governing mandatory mediation of collective bargaining agreements, is unconstitutional, the panel held....
Ag Today Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
California looks at easing drought cuts after wet winter
By Ellen Knickmeyer
SAN FRANCISCO - California will consider lifting a mandatory statewide water conservation order for cities and towns after a rainy, snowy winter eased the state's five-year drought, water officials said Monday.
But an executive order by Gov. Jerry Brown would make permanent some of the measures adopted to deal with the current drought, including prohibitions against excessive water use while washing cars and watering lawns.
Members of the state Water Resources Control Board — czars of the state's drought emergency program — will decide May 18 whether...
Ag Today Thursday, May 5, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Growing psyllid problem prompts public meetings
By David Castellon
A public meeting will be held today for California Department of Food and Agriculture officials to discuss their plans to spray a northwest Visalia neighborhood for Asian citrus psyllids after two of the insects were found there.
But before that meeting, the CDFA will hold a separate meeting in Tulare starting this morning — followed by a second on Friday — to get input from growers, packers, nursery operators and other members of the commercial citrus industry to discuss possible changes in California’s regulations to prevent the spread of...