Category Archives: Agriculture News

New Fresno County Agricultural Crop Report

Fresno County farmers and ranchers generated $7,028,024,100 in gross sales for the county in 2017. The top ten crops are almonds, grapes, poultry, pistachios, milk, mandarins, cattle & calves, tomatoes, peaches and oranges. Les Wright, Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner presented the new report to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. Wright says of special interest…MORE

Concerns Growing over USDA Reorganization

  Land-grant universities and other organizations are expressing concerns over the administration’s plan to move Department of Agriculture agencies out of the nation’s capital. USDA recently announced it will move the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington, D.C., to a more “cost-effective” location closer to farmers. The…MORE

Controversial Water Plan Vote on Hold

The State Water Resources Control Board says that staff revised the agenda for the August 21st and 22nd board meeting. It means final action on the proposed update to the water quality control plan which includes diverting water from San Joaquin tributaries will occur at a future board meeting. The Water Resources Control Board says…MORE

The United States and China Still Far Apart in Trade War Talks

A Chinese delegation will travel to the U.S. as part of the ongoing trade war as both sides “remain far apart.” Chinese government officials say the delegation will meet with U.S. Treasury Undersecretary David Malpass to discuss trade issues. However, the South China Morning Post reports observers say the talks are unlikely to yield any…MORE

U.S. & Mexico Close to Reaching NAFTA Deal

  The U.S. and Mexico are “very, very close” to reaching a deal to update the North American Free Trade Agreement according to the White House.  An administration economic adviser said this week the negotiation teams were going through the perceived final details. The U.S. is hopeful a deal with Mexico can be a model…MORE

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Visits the Central Valley

According to Congressman Jim Costa’s office, Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue starts Tuesday with a town hall meeting in Modesto. He’ll then makes stops at an Oakdale ranch, Joseph Gallo farms in Atwater, HMC Farms in  Kingsburg and finally stopping off at Sunnyview Farms in McFarland. Valley congressman David Valadao says with so many…MORE

Court Tells EPA to Ban Chlorpyrifos

  A U.S. appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban chlorpyrifos within 60 days. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reverses a Trump administration reversal of an Obama administration plan to impose a ban. Chlorpyrifos is used on various California crops which include almonds and fruit. The…MORE

FDA to Consider Organic Labeling Claims

  The Food and Drug Administration will apparently investigate labeling claims of organic products. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb took to Twitter this week, responding to a critical Wall Street Journal editorial, which a former FDA official argued under the headline “The Organic Industry is Lying to You,” that the agency has been lax in allowing…MORE

Next Round of Tariffs Set

  The U.S. says it will begin imposing tariffs of 25% on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports, further escalating the trade war between the two countries. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office says Customs will begin collecting the extra duties on 279 different product lines. The list includes a lot of industrial and machinery…MORE

Producer Outlook Plummets in July

Concerns over agricultural trade weighed heavily on producers’ current and future expectations of the agricultural economy. As a result, the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer tumbled in July, dropping 26 points to a reading of 117. To paint a further bleak picture, the Index of Current Conditions fell from 138 in June down to 99,…MORE