Wednesday, February 28, 2024

New Census Shows Cattle and Sheep Industries Continue Steep Declines 

Alarming Exodus of America’s Beef Cattle Operations. Press release provided by R-Calf USA  BILLINGS, Mont., – The release of the 2022 Census of...
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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,...

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...

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...
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KCFB: President’s Message

By Jenny Holtermann, President, Kern County Farm Bureau As the new year begins, we look at the new regulations and laws that...
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Almonds Face Potential Recession, Industry Remains Optimistic 

By Valley Ag Voice Staff  The 2023 Almond Board Conference highlighted production trends and the outlook for the industry. Clarice Turner, President,...
US Capitol Building

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...
US Capitol Building

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...

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...

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...

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...

Kern County Farm Bureau Teaches Growers to ‘Spray Safe’

By Valley Ag Voice Staff Kern County Farm Bureau’s 18th Annual Spray Safe Event kicked off at 7 a.m. on Jan. 19...

Newsom’s Budget Proposal Gives $33 Million to DPR 

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced his 2024-25 state budget proposal, reflecting $18.4 billion in budgetary reserves...

CARB Postpones Enforcement of Zero-Emission Trucks

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice The California Air Resources Board will not be enforcing reporting requirements for high priority...
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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...
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Secretary of State Finalizes Central Valley Candidates

A look at who's on the ballot for 2024. By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Following the Sacramento Superior Court’s decision...

Superior Court Judge Approves Fong’s Congressional Bid

By Valley Ag Voice Staff A Sacramento Superior Court Judge ruled that Assemblyman Vince Fong can run for the 20th Congressional seat....
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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...