Ag Today September 15, 2020
Donald Trump blames ‘matchstick’ trees and dead leaves for California wildfires [Sacramento Bee]
President Donald Trump, touching down under smoky skies at McClellan Park for a briefing on the California wildfires, blamed uncleared dead trees and leaves for flames that have burned more than 3 million acres and killed 24 in the state. The Republican president met with California Gov. Gavin Newsom at the business park, which is also the home to hangars for CalFire aircraft. … In a round-table briefing shortly afterward, the Democratic governor told the president that forest management is unquestionably a piece of the problem, but noted...
Ag Today September 14, 2020
Some California farmworkers haven’t had masks during wildfires. State investigating [Fresno Bee/CalMatters]
Availability of N95 masks for farmworkers looked as hazy as the orange sky in California this week. … The disconnect between worker and industry groups may be political — industry groups want to be known as good actors, while worker groups want more resources. But both sides admit the state program lacks a robust mechanism to track where each single-use air filtering device ends up. … In Fresno County, ag groups like the Fresno County Farm Bureau set up over a dozen distribution days, where growers and contractors were...
Ag Today September 11, 2020
Food box deliveries to needy California seniors cut off because of USDA cheese rule [Los Angeles Times]
Tens of thousands of low-income California seniors stopped receiving home deliveries of free food just as COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state were peaking, thanks to a century-old federal policy to include surplus cheese in government aid packages. … The three-month exemption allowed food banks to remove cheese — the only perishable item in the boxes — and then use private companies or volunteers to deliver the monthly aid to clients’ homes, rather than require vulnerable seniors to pick them up during the...
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