Legislative http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6101/more en Speaking out on California's proposed water grab http://westernfarmpress.com/government/speaking-out-californias-proposed-water-grab <div class="node-body article-body">Within the past several days the California Water Board issued a plan to boost flows in the San Joaquin River. The problem with that plan, according to opponents – and there are many – is that it could not only siphon billions of dollars from the state’s economy by wrecking agriculture in counties like Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin; it also could legally tread on the state’s long-standing water rights system.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/speaking-out-californias-proposed-water-grab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/speaking-out-californias-proposed-water-grab#comments Legislative Government Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:10:00 +0000 170001 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Reservoirs including New Melones could no longer be seen as irrigation sources for downstream farmers as the California Water Board proposes to double what it takes from the reservoir to ostensibly repair declining downstream fish populations.</p> The irony of celebrating local food in Sacramento http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/irony-celebrating-local-food-sacramento <div class="node-body blog-body">Food production doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The right combination of soil, climate and irrigation water that has long-blessed California with such ability however lately it is under siege by lawmakers and regulators who apparently do not believe that domestic production of agricultural goods leads to better food security. Instead, food security and sustainability are merely talking points to be mentioned when politically convenient. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/irony-celebrating-local-food-sacramento" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/irony-celebrating-local-food-sacramento#comments Legislative Legislation Farm Press Blog Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:38:00 +0000 169951 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Photo by USDA, published under Creative Commons license.</p> Simazine herbicide under EPA re-registration review http://westernfarmpress.com/government/simazine-herbicide-under-epa-re-registration-review <div class="field-deck"> Public comment period runs until Oct. 4 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The product is crucial for weed control in numerous crops, including: oranges, grapefruit, lemons, almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, apples, pears, grapes, corn, cherries, peaches, plums, blueberries, strawberries, and other crops. The EPA re-registered simazine in 2006 and began its regularly scheduled registration re-review in June 2013, a process that typically takes six years to complete. In June 2016, EPA posted its draft ecological risk assessment..</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/simazine-herbicide-under-epa-re-registration-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/simazine-herbicide-under-epa-re-registration-review#comments Legislative National Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:14:00 +0000 169851 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Junglerice is one of the&nbsp;many weeds labeled for Simazine&nbsp;herbicide.</p> Agriculture reacts to California's new overtime law http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculture-reacts-californias-new-overtime-law <div class="node-body blog-body">That said, Gov. Brown just signed into law AB 1066, a bill that forces farmers to pay their employees overtime after 8 hours per day. Current law exempts agricultural employees from the state’s overtime law. The law will be phased in over the next several years, meaning that farm workers who are not a part of a labor union won’t see the full effects of the law until 2020. Those who work under collective bargaining agreements will see none of this. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculture-reacts-californias-new-overtime-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculture-reacts-californias-new-overtime-law#comments Legislative Legislation Farm Press Blog Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:32:00 +0000 169751 at http://westernfarmpress.com Can California agriculture remain sustainable? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/can-california-agriculture-remain-sustainable <div class="node-body blog-body">Citing U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers, the CDFA suggests gross crop values could be down about $9.5 billion from the 2014 figure that came in above $50 billion for the first time in history.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/can-california-agriculture-remain-sustainable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/can-california-agriculture-remain-sustainable#comments Legislative Government Farm Press Blog Thu, 08 Sep 2016 17:20:00 +0000 169561 at http://westernfarmpress.com Tulare crop value falls nearly 14 percent to $6.98B http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/tulare-crop-value-falls-nearly-14-percent-698b <div class="field-deck"> Almonds and walnut acreages declined in the county in 2015 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After hitting an all-time high of over $8 billion in 2014, the annual crop value in the county in 2015 fell more than $1.1 billion to $6.98 billion. Most counties don’t have crop values as high as the losses realized by Tulare County. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/tulare-crop-value-falls-nearly-14-percent-698b" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/tulare-crop-value-falls-nearly-14-percent-698b#comments Legislative Grapes Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Crops Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:04:00 +0000 169491 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Almond and walnut acreage declined in Tulare County in 2015, according to the annual crop report released by the county Department of Agriculture.</p> California moves to change overtime for farm workers http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-moves-change-overtime-farm-workers <div class="field-deck"> Farm groups say they will lobby Governor to veto the measure </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Assembly Bill 1066, if signed by Gov. Brown, will phase in requirements to pay farm workers overtime after eight hours of work in a day or 40 hours in a week – the same requirements as mandated in other types of work.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-moves-change-overtime-farm-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-moves-change-overtime-farm-workers#comments Legislative Legislation Tue, 30 Aug 2016 01:51:00 +0000 169471 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Opponents of AB 1066 say farm workers will see reduced wages as growers will be forced to cut back on the number of hours laborers can work.</p> Should California eradicate bass from the Delta? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/should-california-eradicate-bass-delta <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s rather ironic that one state agency and its agricultural and research partners can be hailed for eliminating an invasive species, while elsewhere in Sacramento other government officials are trying to protect invasive species to the detriment of native species and human beings. I’m referring to the recent announcement that California eradicated the European grapevine moth, a pest native to Europe that several years ago was found in a Napa County vineyard after it destroyed an 11-acre block of Chardonnay grapes. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/should-california-eradicate-bass-delta" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/should-california-eradicate-bass-delta#comments Legislative Government Farm Press Blog Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:30:00 +0000 169461 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Biologist releasing a Chinook salmon in Butte Creek. California Department of Fish and Game <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">photo by Harry Morse</a>. Photo used under creative commons license.</p> Farm Bill to pay out $11m to dairy farmers under MPP http://westernfarmpress.com/government/farm-bill-pay-out-11m-dairy-farmers-under-mpp <div class="field-deck"> Margin between feed costs and milk prices forces payments to dairy producers </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>More than $11 million in financial assistance to U.S. dairy farmers will go out under a Farm Bill program designed to help milk producers when margins hit certain levels.</p> <p>The Market Protection Program (MPP) is one of many programs under the 2014 Farm Bill that assists American farmers and ranchers during troublesome market conditions.</p> <p>In California this means 18 dairy operations will receive over $305,000 in payments based on their coverage levels for the May/June period. No payments will be issued to Arizona milk producers.</p> <p></p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/farm-bill-pay-out-11m-dairy-farmers-under-mpp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/farm-bill-pay-out-11m-dairy-farmers-under-mpp#comments Legislative Current Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:19:00 +0000 168941 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Eighteen California dairy operations will be eligible for over $300,000 in Market Protection Program payments, which was effectively an insurance policy against low milk prices&nbsp;under the 2014 Farm Bill.</p> EPA cancels Flubendiamide insecticide use in the US http://westernfarmpress.com/government/epa-cancels-flubendiamide-insecticide-use-us <div class="field-deck"> Pesticide said to be 'too toxic' and risky for certain water-borne species </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In what’s being called a “first-of-its-kind” move, the Environmental Protection Agency cancelled registration of an insecticide that was previously approved for use and ultimately labeled in 49 states. The active ingredient Flubendiamide, marketed in the United States by Bayer as Belt, is a Group 28 insecticide labeled for use in about 200 different crops, including almonds, pistachios, walnuts, stone fruit, and cotton, numerous vegetable crops, alfalfa, melons, and sorghum, to name just a few. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/epa-cancels-flubendiamide-insecticide-use-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/epa-cancels-flubendiamide-insecticide-use-us#comments Legislative Chemicals Mon, 01 Aug 2016 19:25:00 +0000 168841 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Almonds were the biggest user of the active ingredient Flubendiamide in California in 2013, according to the state Department of Pesticide Regulation. The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled all use of the active ingredient after declaring the product too toxic for certain water species.</p>