Government http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6101/more en Commentary: H-2A unreliability threatens farm success http://westernfarmpress.com/government/commentary-h-2a-unreliability-threatens-farm-success <div class="field-byline"> By Don Curlee, Ag-At-Large </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The federal program to supply temporary foreign farm workers is bogged down, and because the jobs the workers were expected to perform are not being done then farmers&rsquo; reactions are turning from pinch to pain.</p> <p>Complaints are coming from the workers as well because they are not receiving the wages they expected as they are staying at home instead of occupying farm fields in California, Washington, Oregon, or several Midwest and Southern states.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/commentary-h-2a-unreliability-threatens-farm-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/commentary-h-2a-unreliability-threatens-farm-success#comments Government Wed, 25 May 2016 16:49:00 +0000 167521 at http://westernfarmpress.com What role should science play in GMO debate? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-role-should-science-play-gmo-debate <div class="node-body blog-body">Is science important in developing decisions of public policy surrounding agriculture?</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-role-should-science-play-gmo-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-role-should-science-play-gmo-debate#comments Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 20 May 2016 02:00:00 +0000 167331 at http://westernfarmpress.com Study reports 'inconvenient truth' about GMO's http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/study-reports-inconvenient-truth-about-gmos <div class="node-body blog-body">Report spells out why we should not fear GMOs</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/study-reports-inconvenient-truth-about-gmos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/study-reports-inconvenient-truth-about-gmos#comments Cotton Government Crops Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 May 2016 16:04:00 +0000 167321 at http://westernfarmpress.com Ag at Large: Will California minimum wage increase hurt farmers? http://westernfarmpress.com/government/ag-large-will-california-minimum-wage-increase-hurt-farmers <div class="field-byline"> Don Curlee: Ag at Large commentary </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Farmers and other agricultural enterprises in California will likely be as negatively impacted as any industry in the state if new minimum wage regulations strike next year.</p> <p>With 500,000 or more farm workers employed in the state&rsquo;s gigantic agricultural complex, you&rsquo;d expect the increase by imposed state wage control to be a boon and a boost. However, many farmers and farm employers view it as an impending disaster.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/ag-large-will-california-minimum-wage-increase-hurt-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/ag-large-will-california-minimum-wage-increase-hurt-farmers#comments Government Tue, 10 May 2016 22:06:00 +0000 167041 at http://westernfarmpress.com What do presidential candidates think of US agriculture? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-do-presidential-candidates-think-us-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body">What are the thoughts of those running for president when it comes to American agriculture?</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-do-presidential-candidates-think-us-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-do-presidential-candidates-think-us-agriculture#comments Government Farm Press Blog Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:23:00 +0000 166811 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span>Republican presidential candidates (Lto R) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Ohio Gov. John Kasich participate in a debate sponsored by Fox News on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the State&#39;s primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</span></p> Water decision another nail in agriculture's coffin http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/water-decision-another-nail-agricultures-coffin <div class="node-body blog-body">Water decision another nail in agriculture's coffin</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/water-decision-another-nail-agricultures-coffin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/water-decision-another-nail-agricultures-coffin#comments Government Irrigation Government Farm Press Blog Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:10:00 +0000 166201 at http://westernfarmpress.com Leaders react to USBR water allocation announcement http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/leaders-react-usbr-water-allocation-announcement <div class="node-body blog-body">Reactions to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's California water allocation for 2016</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/leaders-react-usbr-water-allocation-announcement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/leaders-react-usbr-water-allocation-announcement#comments Government Irrigation Farm Press Blog Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:58:00 +0000 166191 at http://westernfarmpress.com USBR shorts some California farmers irrigation water http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/usbr-shorts-some-california-farmers-irrigation-water <div class="field-deck"> San Joaquin Valley farmers angry with federal government's latest decision </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Farmers critical of Bureau of Reclamation water allotments to San Joaquin Valley</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/usbr-shorts-some-california-farmers-irrigation-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/usbr-shorts-some-california-farmers-irrigation-water#comments Government Irrigation Government Sat, 02 Apr 2016 16:41:00 +0000 166211 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Bureau of Reclamation will generally give full irrigation allotments to northern California contractors while limiting those in the San Joaquin Valley to 5 percent or less.</p> From the 'You Can't Make This Up' department http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/you-cant-make-department <div class="node-body blog-body">Stanislaus River pulse flows announced right after zero-percent allocation is made public</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/you-cant-make-department" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/you-cant-make-department#comments Government Irrigation Government Farm Press Blog Sat, 02 Apr 2016 00:50:00 +0000 166181 at http://westernfarmpress.com El NiƱo boosts SWP water allotment to 45 percent http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/el-ni-o-boosts-swp-water-allotment-45-percent <div class="field-deck"> California's State Water Project increases allocation in wake of storms </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California State Water Project contractors told they'll receive 45 percent of their requested water in 2016</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/el-ni-o-boosts-swp-water-allotment-45-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/el-ni-o-boosts-swp-water-allotment-45-percent#comments Government Irrigation El Nino Fri, 18 Mar 2016 03:42:00 +0000 165851 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Lake Oroville fell to near-record levels in late 2015 before winter rains began to slowly fill the reservoir. By mid-March the lake rose to within about 800,000 acre feet of capacity.</p>