USDA to begin accepting applications to help dairy producers offset milk loss due to H5N1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting applications starting on Monday, July 1 through its updated Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) to provide financial assistance to eligible dairy producers who incur milk losses due to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, also known as H5N1infection in their dairy herds. USDA’s […]

Record heat tests worker safety measures

A sprawling heat dome put more than 30 million people across the Western U.S. under excessive heat advisories last week, triggering warnings from the National Weather Service about the danger of extreme heat to human health and potential impacts on “heat-sensitive industries.” Over the past two decades, heat illness awareness and prevention has become a […]

Statement from Sites Project Authority in response to Yolo County Superior Court decision

On Friday, May 31, 2024, the Superior Court of Yolo County released an Order denying all claims in the Friends of the River v. Sites Project Authority case. In late 2023, six environmental organizations, Friends of the River, Center for Biological Diversity, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, California Water Impact Network, Save California Salmon, and Sierra […]

Kings water board cuts ties with Mid-Kings GSA, Farm Bureau calls for resignations

Directors of the Kings County Water District (KCWD) voted unanimously to sever the district’s relationship with the embattled Mid-Kings River Groundwater Sustainability Agency at a special meeting Wednesday, May 29. The change will take effect in 60 days on July 28. The departure caused an outcry from members of the agricultural community and municipal representatives. […]

USDA forecasts larger almond crop

The 2024 California Almond Forecast published Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) estimates that the crop harvested in 2024 will come in at 3 billion pounds, 21 percent higher than last year’s 2.47 billion pounds. Forecasted yield is 2,170 pounds per acre, up 380 pounds from the 2023 harvest. […]

California Farm Bureau expresses concerns on state budget, mill tax

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday presented his revised state budget plan, including spending cuts to address California’s historic budget deficit. In his presentation, the governor also said California should live within its means and avoid raising taxes. California Farm Bureau President Shannon Douglass commented on budget challenges affecting water priorities for agriculture. She noted that […]

CEO: Innovation, exports to guide almond rebound

Facing challenging times, California’s almond industry is looking to expand foreign export markets and increase the diversity of almond products in domestic supermarkets. That is the strategic roadmap outlined by Almond Board of California President and CEO Clarice Turner. In a media briefing this month commemorating her first 100 days at the helm of the […]

Land-use bill taps farmland for solar sites

Proposed state legislation to modify California’s longstanding farmland conservation law could pave the way for large swaths of farm acreage to be repurposed as sites for renewable energy projects. The California Land Conservation Act of 1965, commonly known as the Williamson Act, preserves farmland by assessing property taxes based on the land’s agricultural value rather […]

California Citrus Breeding Program expanding with Congressional Support

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 into California. The […]