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By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics The San Joaquin Valley faces a critical water shortage. If nothing is done, potentially one million acres, 20% of the cultivated land in the San Joaquin Valley, could be fallowed. With existing reservoirs and river flows fully committed to meeting annual demands, there has been a call to build more surface reservoirs to...
By Jenifer VanAlstein, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice With the looming deadline of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and the continued water delivery crisis that faces the Valley, other issues affecting agriculture have been overlooked or put on the backburner by lawmakers. Many growers have been consumed with water management and finding alternative water resources. And with the party in...
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By Audrey Hill, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice Most years, the end of March and the passing of the spring equinox marks the beginning of the end of the rainy season for the Central Valley. Snowpack, precipitation, and water level estimates are beginning to firm up and unfortunately 2021 does not have a very bright outlook. Dry years and wet...
By John Moore, President, Kern County Farm Bureau After reading two articles related to AB 617 published by The Bakersfield Californian, this author and the Kern County Farm Bureau feel compelled to set the record straight. A hit piece published by the Californian that unfairly targeted Kern County Agricultural Commissioner, Glen Fankhauser, and three Op Eds are misrepresentative of facts,...
By Colleen Taber, Administrator, Kern County Farm Bureau Spring is here with vaccine efforts well underway and restrictions lifting. We are thankful for the support we have received through the last year. Kern County Farm Bureau looks forward to a new chapter to connect again in person at events and celebrate sustaining through adversity. Join us on April 17th at Kuntz...
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By Allie Cushnyr, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers Fundraising has been difficult for YF&R over the last year, and we are working through it by getting creative. A couple of ideas that we are playing with in 2021 is a sporting clays event, a family fall festival, and we are keeping our fingers crossed to bring back the...
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By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Despite rising demand for organic meat, some California ranchers face roadblocks that prevent them from being able to market their meat as organic because of limited certified-organic slaughter and processing facilities. Meat processing bottlenecks have affected all small and mid-sized ranchers, said Laetitia Benador, policy research specialist...
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Press Release Provided by California Farm Bureau Federation Saying it would provide mutual benefit for farmers, ranchers and their employees, the California Farm Bureau applauded today’s reintroduction of federal legislation to improve agricultural immigration programs. California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson said the organization is committed to work for passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, reintroduced by Reps. Zoe Lofgren,...
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By Kevin Hecteman, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation A bipartisan bill seeking to secure a domestic agricultural workforce and make the H-2A visa program more user-friendly has been reintroduced in Congress. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act was reintroduced last week by Reps. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, and Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., who sponsored the original bill...
By Tony Francois Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation Farming in California is kind of the Olympics of this way of life. Yes, the resources in California are abundant, but it’s not like that makes it easy to prosper here. You might get by in a small way by just planting your seeds and waiting...
 

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