Friday, June 14, 2024
Home Blog Page 2
cattle
By Valley Ag Voice Staff The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service hosted a webinar on May 8 to discuss recently discontinued data collection programs and reports, including the July Cattle Inventory, Cotton Objective Yield Survey, and county yield and production estimates for crops and livestock in 2024. Several 2024 data collection programs were canceled as a result of a roughly 11%...
By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice  California almonds are estimated to come in at 3 billion pounds this year according to the 2024 California Almond Forecast published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service on May 10. This marks a 21% increase over 2023’s 2.47 billion pounds.  The report attributes mostly favorable weather conditions from the end...
Bolthouse Farms
By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice On May 6, Butterfly Equity — a private, Beverly Hills-based firm specializing in the food sector — announced the separation of Bolthouse Farms into two separate companies. Bolthouse Fresh Foods will continue to specialize in fresh carrot production and Generous Brands will include its fresh beverage and salad dressing businesses. The separation comes roughly...
By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Legislators in California introduced 2,124 bills in Feb. — 1,505 in the Assembly and 619 in the Senate — which are being considered by their respective houses until May 24. While the main points of focus this year seem to center around artificial intelligence and public safety, several pieces of agricultural legislation from...
By Valley Ag Voice Staff  The Dairy Princess Program for District 6 — Kern, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties — was revived this year with the help of the Kern County Cattle Women Association. According to Pam Brunni, Kern member of CWA, the program had been a long-standing tradition hosted by the Kern County Dairymaids before it was...
Oxbo's tech solutions aim to mitigate agricultural labor challenges. By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice Oxbo, a global farm machinery and equipment company, opened its new Bakersfield location on April 30, further extending its reach in the Central Valley and promising a close partnership with Kern County customers. The company now holds six locations in California and has been established...
By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics  When a private company fails to function efficiently and fails to provide a good or service at a price the market is willing to pay, either the company undergoes a serious shakeup, or it goes under. The employees are let go and the assets are sold. But what happens when a government department...
By Jenny Holtermann, President, Kern County Farm Bureau  Advocacy—  Oxford Dictionary defines an advocate as a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. I would extend that definition to anyone who actively believes in the future of agriculture.  I would be willing to bet that most of our Farm Bureau members who are directly involved in agriculture are...
By Rachel Nettleton, Executive Director, Kern County Farm Bureau  The Kern County Farm Bureau recently celebrated a milestone with our 40th Annual Farm Day in the City event held at the Kern County Fair. This event has become a tradition in fostering agricultural education within our local community, dating back to the 1980s. From the beginning, this event started at...
By Christine Johnson, Chair, Young Farmers and Ranchers  Springtime brings the most beautiful weather to Kern County, which is the perfect time for the Young Farmers & Ranchers Clay Shoot Fundraiser. On March 16, we hosted our much-anticipated annual event at Five Dogs Range. The hills of Woody showcased a blanket of velvet green against a blue-sky backdrop. This year...
By Austin Snedden, Ranching Contributor, Valley Ag Voice  In a historically patriarchal society, agriculture has several women in leadership at the ground level. Times change and, in recent decades, women have begun to move into administrative positions regularly. But in ranching, women have played huge roles in running businesses for a century. I think small businesses in general have historically...
By Valley Ag Voice Staff  The cancellation of Williamson Act contracts is being contemplated by California legislators through Assembly Bill 2528. If passed, AB 2528 would amend existing law — the California Land Conservation Act of 1965 or the Williamson Act — which authorizes a city or county to enter contracts with agricultural landowners to preserve it for agricultural use.   The...
cotton
By Natalie Willis, Reporter, Valley Ag Voice   California’s cotton industry expects significant expansion in 2024 as a result of two consecutive, good water years and favorable pricing compared to competing commodities. According to a preliminary planting survey by the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association, cotton acreage is poised for a substantial increase of 72% this year  CCGGA estimated that roughly...
By Valley Ag Voice Staff  The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation updated its initial 2024 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project contractors because of improved hydrological conditions. Storms occurring in mid-to-late Feb. significantly enhanced the water supply outlook, mainly for Northern California.  In a press release from the Bureau, Karl Stock, California-Great Basin Regional Director, explained that they are satisfied with...
By Valley Ag Voice Staff  In April, a California appellate court ruled against California Secretary of State Shirley Webber’s efforts to take Assemblymember Vince Fong off the ballot for the 20th Congressional District — a seat formerly held by Kevin McCarthy.   The case comes months after a lower court ruled in favor of Fong to keep his name on the ballot...
By Valley Ag Voice Staff  In March, Save Foods received regulatory approval for its pre-harvest treatment product — FieldProtect— supporting its expansion in California. The Department of Pesticide Regulation approved and registered FieldProtect in compliance with the state’s pesticide regulations.   This approval is a significant advancement for Save Foods in enhancing food safety and minimizing waste from farm to table. Additionally,...
Funding from the Inflation Reduction Act will help farmers save money, create new revenue streams, enhance natural resources, and tackle the climate crisis  Press release provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of an historic $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2024 to invest in partner-driven conservation and climate solutions through the Regional Conservation...
Press release provide by the American Farm Bureau Federation  Today, Growth Energy, Renewable Fuels Association, National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union, and National Sorghum Producers sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on Administrator Michael Regan to act swiftly on an emergency waiver for E15 saionles:  “New and ongoing conflicts across the globe...
By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert  Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation  With an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza affecting dairy cows in six states, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has implemented import restrictions on cattle from premises with confirmed or suspected cases of the disease.  The move comes as agricultural officials acknowledge the H5N1...
By Ching Lee, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert  Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation  With a construction boom of methane digester projects on California dairy farms in recent years, milk producers have begun to reduce a powerful greenhouse gas emitted by the manure coming from their cows.  Now they must tackle the methane coming from the front end of their...
By Caleb Hampton, Assistant Editor, Ag Alert    Reprinted with permission from the California Farm Bureau Federation  A new study by researchers from the U.S. and Canada found that organic agriculture can increase pesticide use on nearby conventionally farmed fields.  The findings, based on data from Kern County, suggest that organic farms can further reduce their pesticide use when organic fields are clustered....
By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum  There was a time when American school children and civic groups would solemnly gather in April, dig holes, and plant trees. I remember my PTA President mother Helen McCoy and Standard School Superintendent Bryce Rathbun digging holes on the school playground and planting Modesto Ash. She wore a dress and high heels...
Press release provided by California Citrus Mutual  Today, Presidents of California Citrus Mutual (CCM) and Citrus Research Board (CRB) issued statements applauding Congressional leaders for recently approving additional funds for the new citrus breeding program in Parlier, California. Congress is allocating an additional $500,000 in federal funding on top of the $1 million granted last year to expand the program...
After a dry start to the year, March storms provided boost to snowpack but runoff will be the key to future water supply  Governor Newsom highlights new California Water Plan Update 2023 to chart California’s path towards a sustainable, climate-resilient, and equitable water supply  Press release provided by California Department of Water Resources  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR)...

An Unlikely Example 

By Joshua Stevens, Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice  The disciples' response is one of the most fascinating parts of the Easter message. Until the moment of the resurrection, they were seemingly clueless about God's plan. Peter cuts off a man's ear in the garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:47) and continues to lie about his role in Christ's ministry while Jesus...
By Valley Ag Voice Staff  May is packed with several exciting events for professionals in the agriculture industry.    NETWORKING & CONFERENCES  On May 1-2, the Western Food Safety Conference will gather food safety industry leaders for a conference on fresh produce safety, research, and regulatory developments. Industry-leading scientists, executives, and professionals will be present to discuss the latest developments in food safety....