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
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....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
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.
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.
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....More
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....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
Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse has announced the federal crop insurance program will provide additional flexibility to farmers. The modifications center on the practice of growing two crops on the same field at different times of the year, which is known as double cropping.
"We are constantly looking for ways to meet the needs of our farmers and seek out their feedback so we can best provide them with the tools and resources they need to grow and support their operations," Scuse said....More
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’ reactions are turning from pinch to pain.
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....More
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.
With 500,000 or more farm workers employed in the state’s gigantic agricultural complex, you’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....More