Category Archives: Agriculture News

Ag Groups React to House Labor Bill

  Several agricultural groups and organizations reacted positively to the news that the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The National Farmers Union says the bill is the product of negotiations between a diverse array of agricultural stakeholders and farmworker advocates. “Our current farm labor system is badly broken,”…MORE

  The Department of Agriculture is extending sign-up deadlines for the Dairy Margin Coverage program to December 20th. USDA officials cited the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year for moving the deadline beyond its original date of Friday, December 13th. USDA announced it is also continuing to accept applications for the Market…MORE

Farm Groups Welcome USMCA Announcement

Agriculture groups applauded the announcement by House Democrats regarding a deal with the Trump Administration on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The California Farm Bureau Federation said it’s pleased by the announcement of a pending vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. In a statement, the California farm Bureau says the USMCA will reduce barriers to trade throughout…MORE

USCMA Deal Reached

  A deal to allow the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to move forward has been reached between the Trump Administration and House Democrats. President Donald Trump told reporters Monday afternoon there were “a lot of strides over the last 24 hours” with unions, adding “if they put it up for a vote, it’ll pass.” Fox Business News…MORE

Ag Groups Challenge Cal Prop 12

  The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau have filed a legal challenge to California’s Proposition 12. The proposition imposes animal housing standards that reach outside of California’s borders to farms across the U.S. “Proposition 12 revolves around a set of arbitrary standards that lack any scientific, technical, or agricultural basis, and…MORE

USDA Opening CRP Signup on December 9th

  The USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced that signup for the Conservation Reserve Program will begin on Monday, December 9th. The signup period ends on February 28th for general CRP, while the signup for continuous CRP is ongoing. Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP get a yearly payment for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant…MORE

Japan Approves Partial Trade Agreement with U.S.

  Japan’s Upper House of Parliament ratified a partial trade agreement with the United States, which will go into effect on January 1, 2020. That nation is one of California’s biggest agriculture export markets. Ryan LeGrand, President and CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, notes that the  agreement “solidifies trade with our second-largest corn market.”…MORE

November Ag Economy Barometer

  The Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose in November for the second month in a row, climbing to 153, 17 points higher than in October when the index stood at 136. This month’s rise in the ag economy sentiment index left the barometer tied with July for the highest reading of 2019. Once again,…MORE

State is Forecasting Small Water Allocation

The California Department of Water Resources announced an initial State Water Project allocation of 10% for the 2020 calendar year. According to a DWR announcement, the initial allocation is based on several factors, such as conservative dry hydrology, reservoir storage, and releases necessary to meet water supply and environmental demands. State allocations are based on…MORE

Hemp Innovation Challenge Coming to WAE

  Something new is coming to the World Ag Expo. The Hemp Innovation Challenge is designed to kickstart the future of the hemp industry by supporting entrepreneurs, researchers, and students, who are launching some of the world’s biggest hemp industry innovations. Submissions are invited from hemp innovators in universities, companies, research institutes, barns, and government…MORE