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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
Proposing new urban development in the California desert without a source of sustainable water defies logic and flies in the face of what the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act purports to accomplish....More
Crashing ocean waves are quickly stilled as they hit the majestic tall rock cliffs protruding like a mountain fortress on the coastline near the community of Kapaau at the northernmost tip of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Just a few miles down the coast line is an amazing 700-acre farm which many decades ago was a sugarcane plantation. In the 1980s, the cane yielded way to plantings of macadamia trees for nuts. Farming the macadamia operation today is the Jim Trump family and their Island Harvest Inc. farm which started in 1991. ...More
“This video directly and falsely impact consumer opinions about how we grow and raise food, which in turn, directly impacts the present and the future for farmers and ranchers. It is unjust and raises unrealistic fears about the food we grow,” according to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance....More
The Annual Desert Ag Conference is a homecoming of sorts for Arizona pest control advisors, crop consultants, growers, and many others involved in desert agriculture in the Grand Canyon State.
About 230 folks gathered for this year's event which covered a wide array of topics, including the slow and expensive route to bring a pesticide to market, discussed by research scientist Jesse Richardson of Dow AgroSciences.
Farmers often wonder why pesticides are expensive and why it takes so long to bring crop protection products to market.
The answer largely lies in the high costs associated with the discovery of a new pesticide active ingredient and the lengthy process to bring it to market. Also, chemical companies spend huge amounts of time and money to produce mountains of data to meet federal and state government requirements to achieve pesticide registration....More
The Environmental Protection Agency has registered BASF’s Varisto herbicide for use in clover grown for seed, dry beans, dry peas, English peas, lima beans (succulent), snap beans, and soybeans.
BASF says this new herbicide helps maximize yield potential by delivering a wide spectrum of broadleaf and grass weed control....More
Thanks to precision agriculture and advancements in equipment and computing technology, America’s farmers are building a treasure trove of production information that will help fuel future innovation.
A new organization, the Agricultural Data Coalition (ADC), plans to help farmers better control, manage, and maximize the value of their data....More