Category Archives: Agriculture News

Governor Rejects Friant-Kern Canal Repair Legislation

Governor Gavin Newsome vetoed a bill that would have helped pay for part of the needed repairs on the Friant-Kern canal. In a statement, the governor says he did not sign senate bill 559 since this piece of legislation would benefit just one water project  and not take in account future water needs for the…MORE

Food Box Program Surpasses 100 Million Boxes

  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says that more than 100 million food boxes have been distributed through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. Perdue points out, “It is incredible to think that in a little more than five months, this food box program has gone from an idea to a reality that has provided…MORE

Prop 12 Under Legal Attack

The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation seek to terminate California’s Proposition 12. The two groups recently jointly filed their opening brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, asking the court to strike California’s Proposition 12 as invalid. AFBF and NPPC say Proposition 12 imposes arbitrary animal…MORE

Ag Groups Want U.S. to Remain in WTO

  A coalition of 62 leading U.S. agriculture stakeholders are asking for continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization. A Corn Refiners Association release says the groups sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, as well as leaders of the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and the House and Senate Ag…MORE

Cal Farm Bureau Supports More Help For Farmworkers

  More than 160 farm groups, including the California Farm Bureau Federation, are part of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition urging the White House Coronavirus Task Force to take additional measures to help protect farmworkers. In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, the coalition says, “We ask for your help as we continue to promote…MORE

Endangered Species Act Hearing

  A Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing focused on efforts to modernize the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act Amendments Act of 2020 reauthorizes the ESA for the first time since 1992. Florida rancher Liesa Priddy says the legislation, “will be better for ranchers, better for states, better for the federal authorities,…MORE

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Campaign

  American cotton growers now can join the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new standard for verifying the sustainability progress of U.S. cotton. As consumers continue to demand eco-friendly products, enrolling in the Trust Protocol will help growers ensure markets for their cotton by verifiably demonstrating the sustainability record of American cotton in the global…MORE

USDA Seeks Pasture Insurance Program

  The Department of Agriculture seeks public comments on recommended improvements to the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Rainfall Index Crop Insurance Program by November 5th. USDA’s Risk Management Agency contracted for an independent evaluation of the program to determine its effectiveness as a risk management tool for livestock producers. RMA Administrator Martin Barbre says, “We want…MORE

Signups Start Today for New USDA Relief

  President Trump and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced an additional $14 billion in aid for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruption and costs associated with COVID-19. The producer signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) at the USDA Farm Service Agency’s county offices starts on September 21st and runs through…MORE

More Help for Cal Almond And Other Growers

According to the USDA, President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will begin September 21st and run through December 11, 2020.…MORE