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Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region
Press Release:  Provided by The US Bureau of Reclamation May 22, 2019 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation Wednesday issued updated Central Valley Project South-of-Delta allocations for the 2019 contract year. This update reflects ongoing water supply improvements due to the latest series of storms. With this month’s update, South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors’ allocations are increased to 70% of their...
Vineyard
This Year’s Release of the 2017 JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon Marks a Remarkable 30-Year Milestone Crafting One of the Nation’s Most Popular Luxury Red Wines Press Release: Provided by the Wonderful Company PASO ROBLES, Calif. (May 14, 2019) – As one of the pioneers producing luxury Bordeaux-style blends in the Paso Robles, California wine region, today JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery commemorates the...
Shafter Camp 1939” Photo: Dorothea Lange. U. S. National Archives
By: Mike McCoy Kern County Museum Providing housing for seasonal agricultural workers has been a traditional obligation of the employer or at least an expectation by the work force. Historically, the United States has managed worker housing from something as simple as providing an outbuilding or camping space all the way to developed company towns. Some of these communities went on...
agriculture products ready for shipping
Press Release: California Farm Bureau Federation May 17, 2019 The California Farm Bureau Federation supports President Trump’s removal of steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports and urges swift ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “With Canada and Mexico agreeing to lift their retaliatory tariffs on many California agricultural products, it will provide a boost in exports and have a...
Cattle operations
Press Release: Provided by the US Department of Agriculture (Release No. 0073.19) May 17, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, paving the way for expanded sales to the United States’ top global beef...
Water Canal
PRESS RELEASE: California Natural Resources Agency May 2, 2019 SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today is taking formal steps to withdraw proposed permits for the WaterFix project and begin a renewed environmental review and planning process for a smaller, single tunnel project that will protect a critical source of water supplies for California. Today’s actions implement Governor Gavin Newsom’s...
On the Fritz Almond Beer
Source: The Almond Board of California For years, people have enjoyed almonds in various forms, from almond flour to almond butter to almonds as an ingredient in yogurt. Today, a new use for almonds continues to grow in popularity: almond beer. This trend is slowly making its way through the craft beer scene, and Almond Leadership Program (ALP) participants Dominique...
beef cattle
PRESS RELEASE: Provided by R-Calf USA Billings, Mont. – Yesterday, R-CALF USA, through its attorneys, filed documents in the federal district court in Montana asking that its motion to declare the beef checkoff practices in 15 states unconstitutional be granted. Those states are: Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas,...
CDFW photo by Andrew Hughan. California Department of Fish and Wildlife
PRESS RELEASE: Provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife May 13, 2019 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind hunters that beginning July 1, 2019, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking wildlife with a firearm anywhere in California. CDFW strongly recommends that hunters acquire and practice with nonlead ammunition well before heading afield, particularly in...
Tomato Cage with Flame Skimmer
By: Marcia Wolfe Valley Ag Voice Sitting at the table on the back patio I can see just part of the backyard rimmed by pine trees, hawthorn, willow, eucalyptus, and the liquid amber trees. They bound the west and north side of the pool. A couple of weeks ago I was eating lunch at the patio table when I first saw...
reaching for sky
By: Sandy Mittelsteadt, Valley Ag Voice Going to the eye doctor is necessary if you need glasses to help your eyesight. You sit in the chair for your eye exam, answering the doctor’s question of which one is better, and then receive an eyeglass prescription. You pick out your glass frames and come back in a week to pick them...
farm worker
By: The Staff Valley Ag Voice Preliminary numbers are in and Kern County’s unemployment rate is down nearly 2% in April of 2019. The numbers show Kern’s unemployment rate sits at an estimated 8.4%; in March the unemployment  rate stood at 10%. According to data released from the California Employment Development Department Farm Jobs lead the way with an increase of...
Walnuts
Press Release: California Farm Bureau Federation May 23, 2019 Expressing appreciation for the Trump administration’s broadened programs to ease the impact of retaliatory trade actions on American farmers, the president of the California Farm Bureau Federation reiterated the need to resolve the disputes at the root of the issue. CFBF President Jamie Johansson was in Washington, D.C., today when the administration announced...
local grower Holly King with President Trump
Press Release:  Provided by The Almond Board of California May 23, 2019 MODESTO, Calif – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced almonds will be included in the administration’s new trade mitigation package. This package aims to continue support of farmers and ranchers impacted by delayed negotiations and trade disruption with China. Almond Board Chair Holly A. King is attending a briefing...
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Press Release: Provided by USDA (Release No. 0078.19) Washington, D.C., May 23, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy to support American...
bees
By: Christine Souza The California Farm Bureau Federation May 15th, 2019 It’s a “mixed box” when it comes to beekeeper expectations regarding this season’s honey crop. Some beekeepers report that winter weather brought plenty of forage for honeybees to feast on this year, and others say uneven citrus bloom in some areas may affect honey production. Although no formal statewide honey production figures...
California Golden Trout
PRESS RELEASE: California Department of Fish and Wildlife May 3, 2019 The Kern River Hatchery has reopened to the public with a bold and innovative new mission: to raise the Kern River rainbow trout and stock the native fish throughout the Kern River Basin where anglers will have a chance to catch it. New facilities recently constructed at the Kern River Hatchery...
CDWR staff conduct the May 2019 snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Photo: CDWR
Press Release:  Provided by The California Department of Water Resources May 02, 2019 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today conducted the fifth and final Phillips Station snow survey of 2019. The manual survey recorded 47 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 27.5 inches, which is 188 percent of average for this location....