Wednesday, February 28, 2024

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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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...

Central Valley Ag Commissioners Implement Pest Management Solutions  

By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice During his afternoon training session, Rufus diligently sorted through a mixture of packages, easily detecting...
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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...
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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...
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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...

New Post-harvest Fungicide Anticipates Registration by 2026

First use of cyproconazole for green mold and sour rot in citrus. Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice A serving of mashed potatoes...

Egypt Threatens California’s Citrus Industry

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice At the start of 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture drafted a test risk assessment for...

CAFF Offers Farmers Value-Added Product Scholarships  

Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice  Ahead of the USDA’s 2024 Value-Added Producer Grant application, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers led...
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USDA Launches Effort to Strengthen Substantiation of Animal-Raising Claims

Originally published in July 2023 print edition. Press Release Provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced...
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USDA Announces Signup for New Rice Production Program

Press release provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will...
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Natural Disaster Relief for California Farmers

By Melissa A. Nagel, Feature Contributor, Valley Ag Voice The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the California Department of Food...
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KCFB News: Young Farmers & Ranchers

Timothy Collins Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers By Timothy Collins, Chair, Kern County Young Farmers & Ranchers I would like to take...
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Bipartisan “Farm Team” Listens

Caroline Webby, Contributor, Valley Ag Voice The House Committee on Agriculture hosted the first official listening session Tuesday, February 14th, 2023, at...
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USDA Answers Usca Petition; Proposes To Close “Product of The U.S.A.” Loophole

Press release provided by the US Cattlemen’s Association On March 6th the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rulemaking to...
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OPINION: Still Waiting for Country of Origin Labels on Beef

By Austin Snedden, Ranching Contributor, Valley Ag Voice It seems absurd that we are still talking about this, but lobbying power has...
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Organic Dairy Woes Show System ‘Vulnerabilities’

By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor Ag Alert  Reprinted with permission from California Farm Bureau Federation  With their pastures starting to grow and new...
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Citrus Industry Welcomes Federal Funding for New Citrus Breeding Program in Parlier, California

Press Release Provided by California Citrus Mutual California Citrus Mutual (CCM) and the Citrus Research Board (CRB) welcome more than $1 million...

American Farm Bureau Establishes 2023 Policies

New Grassroots Leaders Also Elected Press Release Provided by the American Farm Bureau Federation Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau...
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Farmers Get Help Transitioning to Organic

By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert Reprinted with Permission from California Farm Bureau Federation If it weren’t for his “dumb mistake,” Sonoma...
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California Almond Acreage Drops in 2022 – First Time in Decades

Press Release Provided by Almond Board of California California’s almond acreage decreased for the first time in more than 25 years, according...
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Ranch Group Urges USDA Not to Tie RFID Eartags to Livestock Indemnity Regulations

Press Release by R-CALF USA In November R-CALF USA submitted formal comments to the advance notice issued in September by the U.S....
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Experts Suggest No Easy Solutions for Water Woes

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resources Economics In July of 2020, the Governor released his Water Resilience Portfolio. It is the Administration’s...
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USDA Forecasts US Corn Down and Soybean Production up From 2021

Press Release Provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture  The Crop Production report issued August 12th by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)...