Porterville Resident Among Leadership Farm Bureau Class Members

Intensive leadership training and a focus on issues affecting California farmers and ranchers lie ahead for the 10 people chosen for the 2015 class of the Leadership Farm Bureau program. The Class of 2015 was formally introduced today during the annual California Farm Bureau Federation Leaders Conference in Sacramento. Leadership Farm Bureau is a leadership-development […]

NASS Modifies Publication Schedule for Rice Prices

Issued March 11, 2015 by the Agricultural Statistics Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information contact Anthony Prillaman, [email protected], 202-720-2127 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is modifying the publication schedule for rice prices. The year-to-date U.S. monthly prices and marketings, as well as the preliminary marketing year […]

Market Disruption in Agriculture

When one looks for what is commonly referred to as a “Market Disruptor” in neighboring Silicon Valley, most would not look to agriculture. Yet agriculture is poised for massive market disruption and World Ag Expo 2015 was the stage to see it. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (e.g. “drones”), satellite imagery and remote sensing technologies for water, […]

CalChamber, Coalition Fight Expanding Federal Say on Water, Land Use

The California Chamber of Commerce has joined with 375 trade associations and chambers from 50 states to voice strong concerns with a proposal that will have a huge impact on ordinary business activities by dramatically expanding federal authority over water and land uses across the country. The coalition, including associations representing a wide range of […]

Visalia Chamber eLearning Center Offers On-Demand Training

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce has announced its new eLearning Center powered by Global Classroom. The Visalia Chamber eLearning Center provides a total education solution for building technology, business and career-ready communities. The solution includes over a thousand online courses and trainings, providing access to quality online training across multiple digital devices. “Business owners want […]

Study Finds California Businesses Face 19% Higher Operating Costs

California businesses on average have 19% higher operating costs per job than businesses in the rest of the country, according to “The Cost of Doing Business in California,” a study released by the California Foundation for Commerce and Education (CFCE) and prepared by Andrew Chang & Company, LLC. Business operating costs in California are on […]

Agriculture Census Provides New Decision-Making Tools for Leaders

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released The 2012 Census of Agriculture Congressional District Profiles for the 113th Congress. NASS conducts the agriculture census once every five years. “The congressional district profiles paint a picture of agriculture at the local level by providing data on farms and ranches and the people […]

USDA: Organic Farms Connect Consumers with their Food

Certified organic agriculture producers in the United States sell directly to consumers, produce on-farm renewable energy, and are younger and beginning farmers more often than conventional producers, according to new 2012 Census of Agriculture data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Conducted only once every five years, the agriculture […]