California Farm Bureau joins legal efforts to protect key firefighting tool

The California Farm Bureau today joined various California counties and forestry and wood products organizations in filing a legal brief seeking to intervene in defense of the U.S. Forest Service’s use of a critical retardant used in wildfire suppression. The Farm Bureau’s decision to intervene in the case is in response to litigation challenging the […]

State Senate ag committee session offers farm bill input

As the No. 1 agricultural state, with a $51.1 billion farm economy and more than 400 commodities, California and its government leaders, farmers and residents are weighing in on how members of Congress should shape the 2023 Farm Bill. During a state Senate Agriculture Committee hearing last week, Sen. Melissa Hurtado, the committee chair, said […]

Setton Pistachio Enters the Organic Market with New Facility

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the nation’s second-largest pistachio grower and processor, is expanding their line of premium pistachios by opening a fully dedicated USDA organic-certified facility, Setton Organic, LLC. Located in Ducor, California just five miles south of the main processing plant, Setton’s outstanding quality products will now include SKUs in the rapidly […]

Farmers expected to get increased water allocations

Winter storms that bolstered the Sierra Nevada snowpack and added to California reservoirs prompted federal and state water managers to announce increases in anticipated water allocations for the 2023 growing season. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation last week announced an initial allocation of 35% of contracted water supplies for agricultural customers south of the Sacramento-San […]

Storm deluge stirs hope for water supply

California farmers are encouraged by the series of atmospheric river storms that brought near-record rain and snow, filling depleted reservoirs and bolstering the snowpack. Frost Pauli, vineyard manager for Pauli Ranch in Potter Valley in Mendocino County, said he feels optimistic after three intense years of drought. He said the winter storms “have been excellent […]