Ag Today September 21, 2021
California halts insurance cancellations in major wildfire areas across 22 counties [Sacramento Bee]
Wrestling with an insurance crisis that’s bedeviled much of rural California for years, the state imposed a one-year ban Monday that prevents carriers from dropping homeowners in areas affected by the Dixie Fire, Caldor Fire and other major 2021 wildfires. The one-year moratorium, announced by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, affects about 325,000 homeowners. It came a month after Lara imposed a similar moratorium affecting 25,000 homeowners who live in the vicinity of the Lava and Beckwourth Complex fires. Lara acknowledged that the moratorium isn’t a cure-all for the...
Ag Today September 20, 2021
High temperatures, wildfire smoke and drought: The politics of climate change in one California congressional district [CNN]
The changing climate is everywhere Gustavo Carranza looks when he walks through his undulating citrus farm here in this tiny town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Smoke from nearby wildfires fills the sky. And, most concerning, the water he needs to run his 150-acre farm has become so scarce that Carranza, the son of farm workers in California's Central Valley who grew up picking and pruning every weekend, is worried about encouraging his own children to take over the farm he and...
Ag Today September 17, 2021
Biden picks CEO of Modesto-based almond group for key post involving global trade [Modesto Bee]
President Joe Biden has nominated Elaine Trevino, leader of the Modesto-based Almond Alliance of California, to a key foreign trade position. She will be chief agriculture negotiator for Trade Representative Katherine Tai if the U.S. Senate confirms her. The pick drew praise from leaders hoping to boost sales of American farm products around the world. Among them is Denair-area grower Mike Curry, chairman of the Almond Alliance board. “We are thrilled to see Elaine nominated for this position,” he said in a news release, “and know...
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