Government http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6101/more en Killian new Arizona Department of Agriculture director http://westernfarmpress.com/government/killian-new-arizona-department-agriculture-director <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mark Killian was appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey April 10 as the new director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA).</p> <p>Killian succeeds retired ADA director Don Butler.</p> <p>In announcing the state&rsquo;s new agriculture chief, Governor Ducey said, &ldquo;Mark brings decades of unique public service and private sector experience, and his extensive and successful background in farming and ranching will be hugely valuable in this role. He&rsquo;s a welcome addition to this department and our administration.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/killian-new-arizona-department-agriculture-director" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/killian-new-arizona-department-agriculture-director#comments Government Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:35:00 +0000 157671 at http://westernfarmpress.com State regulators defend California agriculture http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/state-regulators-defend-california-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body">When state regulators defend agriculture the best thing we can do is say 'thank you.'</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/state-regulators-defend-california-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/state-regulators-defend-california-agriculture#comments Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 03 Apr 2015 02:43:00 +0000 157371 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California uses highway signs to state the obvious. Some people think the call to &quot;limit&quot; outdoor watering when farmers have been completely cut off from irrigation water is a bit ironic.</p> California implements mandatory water rationing http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-implements-mandatory-water-rationing <div class="field-deck"> Governor targets urban users with call to conserve </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California implements mandatory water rationing</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-implements-mandatory-water-rationing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-implements-mandatory-water-rationing#comments Government Drought Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:17:00 +0000 157341 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. attends the April 1 snow survey near South Lake Tahoe where there should be well over five feet of snow on the ground. Current drought conditions gave the governor no&nbsp;choice but to order mandatory water rationing statewide.</p> California Department of Water Resources California Governor signs emergency drought bills http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-governor-signs-emergency-drought-bills <div class="field-deck"> Bills earmark $1 billion for drought relief and critical water infrastructure </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California Governor signs $1 billion package for drought relief and critical water infrastructure</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-governor-signs-emergency-drought-bills" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-governor-signs-emergency-drought-bills#comments Government Drought Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:57:00 +0000 157231 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California lakes have fallen to historically low levels in some cases as the state moves into its fourth year of drought.</p> NCC — Waters of the U.S. rule ‘overly burdensome’
 http://westernfarmpress.com/government/ncc-waters-us-rule-overly-burdensome <div class="field-byline"> Farm Press Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The proposed "waters of the U.S." rule could set farmers up for lawsuits for conducting normal farming practices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/ncc-waters-us-rule-overly-burdensome" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/ncc-waters-us-rule-overly-burdensome#comments Government Crops Environmental groups National Cotton Council Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:41:00 +0000 157001 at http://westernfarmpress.com Agriculturalists weigh in, discuss mandatory GMO labeling issue http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculturalists-weigh-discuss-mandatory-gmo-labeling-issue <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In recent months, two speakers at major farm industry events held in the West shared their thoughts on the proposed mandatory labeling of food products grown with genetically-modified traits.</p> <p>The speakers included y included: James Borel, executive vice-president of the DuPont company; and Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis Cooperative Extension specialist who specializes in animal genomics and biotechnology.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculturalists-weigh-discuss-mandatory-gmo-labeling-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculturalists-weigh-discuss-mandatory-gmo-labeling-issue#comments Government Plant and Animal Health Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:17:00 +0000 156971 at http://westernfarmpress.com Remembering Kennedy's words on National Ag Day http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/remembering-kennedys-words-national-ag-day <div class="node-body blog-body">On National Ag Day we remember the words of President Kennedy at San Luis Dam dedication</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/remembering-kennedys-words-national-ag-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/remembering-kennedys-words-national-ag-day#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:48:00 +0000 156951 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, left, with President John F. Kennedy in Palm Springs, Calif.</span>&nbsp;</p> USDA targets specialty crops, organics with grants http://westernfarmpress.com/government/usda-targets-specialty-crops-organics-grants <div class="field-deck"> Farm Bill funding will aid research and Extension efforts </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Farm Bill funding to aid research and extension efforts for specialty crops and organic production</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/usda-targets-specialty-crops-organics-grants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/usda-targets-specialty-crops-organics-grants#comments Government Crops Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:07:00 +0000 156681 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Cherry production issues could benefit from federal funding through the 2014 Farm Bill.</p> Drought, new water law may lead to more fallowed acres in California http://westernfarmpress.com/government/drought-new-water-law-may-lead-more-fallowed-acres-california <div class="node-body video-body">The drought was very much on the mind of World Ag Expo attendees. Tulare producer Mark Watte discusses the impact of the state's new groundwater law during a meeting on the topic.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/drought-new-water-law-may-lead-more-fallowed-acres-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/drought-new-water-law-may-lead-more-fallowed-acres-california#comments Government Irrigation Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:47:00 +0000 156121 at http://westernfarmpress.com Latest immigration policy could lead to scams http://westernfarmpress.com/government/latest-immigration-policy-could-lead-scams <div class="field-deck"> Farmworkers warned to deal only with Mexican Consul regarding legal paperwork </div> <div class="node-body article-body">MIgrant farmworkers are targets of fraud after recent Presidential order</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/latest-immigration-policy-could-lead-scams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/latest-immigration-policy-could-lead-scams#comments Government Regulations Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:12:00 +0000 155471 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Mexican Consul Vicente Sanchez Ventura, foreground, recently joined with Nisei Farmers League President Manuel Cunha, left, to inform migrant farmworkers and employers of scams seeking to extort money from Mexican nationals in their attempt to gain legal work and residency status in the United States.</p>