Category Archives: Agriculture News

Crop Insurance Premiums Due by January 31st

  The Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency is reminding producers that their crop insurance premiums for the 2019 crop year are due January 31st. Policies that do not have the premium paid by January 31, 2020, will have interest attach on February 1st, calculated from the date of the premium billing notice. USDA had…MORE

Valley Congressman Jim Costa Cautiously Optimistic about Phase One China Deal

Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Jim Costa is optimistic but cautious, regarding the phase one trade agreement with China according to the American Farm Bureau. Congressman Costa says, “The key is getting the Chinese to stick to their commitments and prove that they will honor international agreements.” Costa adds it’s not immediately clear that…MORE

USMCA Likely on Hold

  The impeachment process is expected to now delay Senate consideration of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The House of Representatives is expected to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Senate leaders say the impeachment trial would last roughly two weeks, with members in session six days a week. That pushes any timeline for USMCA…MORE

California Ag Budget Highlights

According to a California Department of Food and Agriculture news release, here is a breakdown of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal covering agriculture and rural areas. For CDFA, the budget would be $600.4 million. Here are some of the key elements: Farm to School Baseline Funding: This proposal requests $10 million in 2020-21, and…MORE

Producer of Crystal Geyser Bottled Water Fined for Waste Violations

Producer of Crystal Geyser Bottled Water Fined for Waste Violations

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water has pleaded guilty to illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste and agreed to a $5 million fine. Authorities say the waste was produced by filtering naturally occurring arsenic out of Sierra Nevada spring water at CG Roxane LLC’s facility…MORE

USMCA May Take Longer To Approve

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement timeline remains uncertain. However, lawmakers seem certain they will pass the agreement, at the latest, following impeachment hearings, according to the American Farm Bureau. The House is still holding the articles of impeachment, alleging the Senate won’t agree to a fair trial. At issue is the Senate must make impeachment a priority.…MORE

Senate Finance Committee Advances USMCA

  The Senate Finance Committee approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on a 25-3 vote, setting the agreement up for a potential quick passage. Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, says the full Senate could consider the agreement within a week. However, if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends articles of impeachment to the Senate, that must…MORE

Phase One Deal Signing Days Away

  A Chinese delegation will travel to Washington, D.C. next week to join President Donald Trump in signing the phase one trade agreement between the two nations. The South China Morning Post reports China’s trade delegation plans to travel to the U.S. on January 13th, two days before President Trump plans to sign the accord.…MORE

Farm Export Outlook

2020 is expected to be a big year for U.S. agriculture export growth. American Farm Bureau Federation senior congressional relations director Dave Salmonsen says China will be a big part of that growth for the industry. “We have a date of January 15th, let’s hope it happens there is getting a phase one deal with…MORE

Senate Expected To Take Up USMCA

  The U.S. Senate will take its first look at the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Tuesday if the House sends the implementing legislation to the Senate. Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley announced the hearing after the House passed the agreement last month. However, the hearing is still not on the official calendar for the committee. The hearing,…MORE