Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Important UC ANR Resources for CA Farmers 

By Valley Ag Voice Staff  The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Department is a valuable resource for local farmers and...

COMMENTARY: Mentoring Program to Assist New Farmers, Ranchers 

By Amrith Gunasekara, Director of Science and Research, California Bountiful Foundation  Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation  On Feb. 21,...
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KCFB: President’s Message 

By Jenny Holtermann, President, Kern County Farm Bureau  California grows more than half of the nation’s fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Kern County...

As Organic Sector Thrives, Research Seeks to Catch Up 

By Bob Johnson, Reporter, Monterey County   Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation  California leads the nation in organic agricultural production,...

Protect the Pollinators: Beehive Health and Central Valley Theft Crisis

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Central Valley almond farmers need bees like a symphony needs musicians — without them, almond...

National Fallout of California’s Ag Regulations 

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice  As the global agricultural leader with over 400 commodities, California has a major influence over...

Reclamation Announces Central Valley Project Water Supply Allocations

By Valley Ag Voice Staff The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced initial 2024 water supply allocations for Central Valley Project contractors. Wet...

Almond Industry to See Significant Rebound  

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice   A strong rebound in almond prices is expected over the next 12 to 18 months....

Newsom’s ‘Salmon Strategy’ Prioritizes Fish Runs

Dam removals are underway in California. By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Governor Gavin Newsom released California’s first strategy to restore the...

CA Almond Board Announces 2024 Leadership Class

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice The Almond Board of California announced its 2024 leadership class for 18 professionals to help...

Ag Groups Take on CA Climate Regulations

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Agriculture and business groups are suing California over two climate disclosure laws signed by Gov....

Valadao Calls for Increased Water Storage Ahead of Major Storms  

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice As a pair of atmospheric storms near California, Congressman David Valadao addressed the House Floor...
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Staring Down a Third Strike 

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics  The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) has presented a new and different set of challenges...

EPA’s Draft Herbicide Strategy Faces Criticism 

Over 200 agriculture groups oppose the agency’s early mitigation strategy.   By Valley Ag Voice Staff  The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release...

KCFB: Young Farmers and Ranchers

By Christine Johnson, Chair, Young Farmers & Ranchers  Whether you realize it or not, you are impacting the next generation. For better...

Empowering Women in Agriculture, CWA’s Impact 

By Valley Ag Voice Staff  In the heart of Central Valley's agricultural landscape, a group of remarkable women is making strides in...
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22nd Congressional Candidates on Central Valley Ag  

By Valley Ag Voice Staff  The race for the 22nd district seat includes incumbent Congressman David Valadao (R), Chris Mathys (R), Senator...
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20th Congressional Candidates on Central Valley Ag 

By Valley Ag Voice Staff  With the 2024 March primaries quickly approaching, the Valley Ag Voice sent questionnaires to the candidates of...

Farm flock losses climb as avian flu outbreak spreads 

By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert  Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation  Despite on-farm biosecurity efforts to protect the...

Healthy reservoir levels offset scant snowpack depths 

By Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert  Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation  Unlike early 2023, when nonstop atmospheric river...

Demand grows for organic produce, despite inflation 

By Bob Johnson, Reporter, Monterey County  Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation  The prospects for organic produce remain strong in...

Save-the-Date for these Agricultural Events  

By Valley Ag Voice Staff  February and March will host several agricultural events and activities in California, including one of the largest...

California’s Battle Against Oriental Fruit Fly and Avian Flu Escalates

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice California’s fruit and poultry industries are facing serious production strains due to two distinct, flighted...

Wet Winter Heightens Potential Almond Disease Outbreak

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice An unusual disease outbreak is afflicting California almonds on top of an already tumultuous market....

Kern County Ag Feels the Pinch as Land Values Drop 

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Despite the recent 2023 Land Value summary from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showing that...
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Congress Addresses H-2A Farm Wage, Rates Increase by 5%

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice In response to mounting concerns about rising agricultural labor expenses, 75 Congressional members petitioned the...