Tuesday, March 5, 2024

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...
farm laborers

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...
field workers

CA Overtime Law Hinders Farmworker Income

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice After California passed agricultural overtime law AB 1066 in 2016, farmworkers earned $6 million to...
farmer in field inspecting irrigation

USDA Opens Risk Coverage Enrollment for 2024 Crops

By Valley Ag Voice Staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that agricultural producers can now enroll in the Farm Service Agency’s...

Exotic Fruit Fly Triggers California Quarantine

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice With huanglongbing disease carried by Asian citrus psyllids becoming increasingly prominent throughout Southern California, the...

Agave in the Central Valley 

By Audrey Hill, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice  Agriculture is changing for California and the Central Valley. All scientific evidence points to...
United States Department of Agriculture

USDA Launches Initiative to Enhance Competitiveness of the U.S. Specialty Crops Industry 

Press release provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture   Agriculture Deputy Secretary Torres Small today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Commentary: A flood of specialty-crop imports hurts U.S. farmers

By Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation  Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation There is a quiet battle being...
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Central Valley Ag Faces New Regulations, Corporate Takeover

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice California’s agri-business landscape is undergoing another regulatory shift after a series of bills were signed from...

Cotton Crop Suffers 11.4% Decline Amidst Lygus Infestation, Tulare Lake Flooding

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Faced with an abnormally wet year, California cotton is down 11.4% from last year’s crop, making...

Ag Robotics Event Marks Industry Future 

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice  In its second year, FIRA USA hosted 1,700 participants in Salinas from 40 states and...
Hens in livestock cages

USDA Pushes New Regulations for Organic Livestock, Poultry 

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice On Oct. 25, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reached a final ruling on the organic...

Farm Bill Faces Additional Hurdles Without Speaker

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice After over two weeks with no House Leader, the GOP dropped Jim Jordan as the speaker...
grape vines

Fresno County Crop Value Rises .12%

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Fresno County's 2022 crop values reached $8.095 billion, falling under Tulare County's $8.6 billion. According to...

Ventura County Orders Citrus Quarantine

Citrus pests decrease production in California. Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice The California Department of Food and Agriculture ordered a quarantine for...
dairy farmer and cows

Dairy Dominates in Central Valley Commodities

Kern crop values drop by 7%, Tulare hits record high. Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Tulare County claimed the top spot as...

Local Pumpkin Patches Gear Up for Halloween

By Valley Ag Voice Staff The Fall season in Kern County offers the community with ample opportunities to support local farms and...
almonds on ground

Kern Farmers Lose Roughly $1 Billion in Crop Revenue

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Kern County farmers saw a 7% reduction in crop revenue in 2022 as a result of...

Small, Post-harvest Community Gathers in Visalia 

Limited post-harvest technologies result in citrus fruit decay.  Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice After harvest, crops undergo a detailed post-harvest process to...
farmer spraying field with pesticides

Strict Pesticide Regulations Considered by Senate 

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice The deadline for each legislative house to pass bills is approaching on Sept. 14 before an...