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 […]

Two in a row: April snow survey shows above average snowpack for second straight season

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today conducted the all-important April snow survey, the fourth measurement of the season at Phillips Station. The manual survey recorded 64 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 27.5 inches, which is 113 percent of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount […]

California Antique Farm Equipment Show returns with family fun entertainment

The California Antique Farm Equipment Show™ is back and better than ever! For more than 30 years the event has focused on antique farm equipment and family entertainment. The event continues to expand, providing more activities and attractions for attendees. “We are excited for the return of the California Antique Farm Equipment Show™,” said Wally […]

$5m grant helps citrus farmers nourish healthy soils

A new collaborative effort will provide financial support for healthy-soils conservation management practices for citrus farmers in 11 California counties. Beginning March 25, citrus growers will be able to enroll in a program that awards up to $200,000 for farm projects to help foster climate resilience and long-term sustainability for California’s citrus sector. The effort […]