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Ag Today July 2, 2020

CA Farm Bureau president says farmworker safety is priority [KABC TV, Los Angeles] California's agricultural businesses have been hit hard by the coronavirus. And as they deal with outbreaks and shipping challenges, farmers and ranchers say they're working hard to keep the food supply steady and safe. Jamie Johansson, president of the California Farm Bureau, joined ABC7 via Skype to talk about the pandemic's impact. … Johansson said there is a lot of uncertainty, but points out the farm industry is resilient. https://abc7.com/californias-agricultural-businesses-farmers-ranchers-farmworkers/6288611/   Fresno County Department of Agriculture distributes nearly one million masks for farm workers [Valley Public Radio, Fresno] As COVID-19 cases in...

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Ag Today July 1, 2020

For local farmers, business depends on restaurant alternatives [Half Moon Bay Review] … A new report commissioned by the California Farm Bureau found that farms and ranches across the state are projected to lose between $6 billion and $9 billion due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year. … The study says that relative success depends on how reliant a farmer or industry is on restaurant versus retail sales. … San Mateo County Farm Bureau President B.J. Burns said it’s too early to know the total effects of the pandemic on local farmers, but he agrees that the distribution method makes a...

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Ag Today June 30, 2020

‘Everything is about humanity.’ Chico-area farm takes new approach to raising pigs [Sacramento Bee] Factory farms cause ongoing environmental impacts and can create new pandemics. So says hog-farmer Charlie Thieriot, whose Chico-area company is taking a different approach -- staying small, selling locally and using ethical and sustainable practices. “What we’re trying to do is raise the pigs the right way and develop direct relationships with chefs and butchers,” said Thieriot, CEO of Llano Seco Meats, the branded arm of Rancho Llano Seco. “It’s a lot more work, but for the most part I know every customer by name.”...According to the...

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Ag Today June 26, 2020

California mandates big increase in zero-emission trucks [Los Angeles Times] The nation’s toughest clean-air mandate on trucks was approved Thursday by the California Air Resources Board. In effect, the board ordered manufacturers of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks to begin selling zero-emission versions in 2024, with 100,000 sold in California by 2030 and 300,000 by 2035. “This is a bold step we’re taking today,” said air board member Judy Mitchell, adding it is a daunting challenge, given the public investment that will be necessary for buyer incentives and charging infrastructure. https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-06-25/new-california-truck-mandate-100-000-zero-emission-commercial-haulers-sold-annually-by-2030   Farm workers in California strike after dozens have virus [Assosciated Press] A group...

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AgToday June 25, 2020

California farmers stand to lose up to $8.6B says Farm Bureau-commissioned study [Salinas Californian] California farmers have already lost $2 billion thanks to the pandemic and stand to as much as $6.6 billion more, an economic report released today by the California Farm Bureau Federation said. And calculating in multiplier effects, the report estimates losses could exceed $10 billion statewide....Monterey County, home to a $4.4 billion agricultural industry, was among the hardest-hit when it came to job loss, the report says....Payment caps in particular prevent specialty growers from recovering substantial costs when they lose a crop or the market for said...

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Ag Today June 24, 2020

$2B in COVID-19 losses: Report shows how California farms have suffered [KSEE TV, Fresno] A new report on the devastation the pandemic has caused California farms shows that the business has already suffered $2 billion in losses so far. The report, commissioned by the California Farm Bureau Federation, warned that those losses could reach more than $8 billion by the end of the year. … “Immediately impacted was the California dairy industry, suffered losses almost overnight,” said CEO of the Fresno County Farm Bureau Ryan Jacobsen. “We’re also seeing losses in the wine industry, which is very important here in the...

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Ag Today June 23, 2020

Judge prohibits California from putting cancer warning on weed killer Roundup [San Francisco Chronicle] Despite three trial verdicts awarding nearly $200 million to cancer victims who used Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, California cannot require a cancer warning on the product label because it is contradicted by “the great weight of evidence,” a federal judge ruled Monday. In issuing a permanent injunction against the state’s attempt to place a cancer warning on the world’s most widely used weed killer, U.S. District Judge William Shubb of Sacramento did not prevent California from including Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, on its own list of probable human...

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Ag Today June 22, 2020

Lack of sales data hurts cotton farmers hoping for federal recovery money [Bakersfield Californian] …Pima growers aren't giving up. They're trying to make the case to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the crop did, indeed, suffer a big enough price decline to deserve some of the $16 billion in federal money set aside last month to help farmers. Qualified growers stand to receive direct payments of up to $250,000 each. This week, the Kern County Farm Bureau issued a "call to action" asking local Pima farmers to write letters urging the USDA to reconsider its ruling that the crop didn't...

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Ag Today June 19, 2020

The Supreme Court rejected Trump’s attempt to end DACA. Now what? [Los Angeles Times] A long-awaited Supreme Court ruling Thursday rejecting President Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program brought relief to thousands of DACA recipients — but also new questions about the administration’s immediate next steps and the still-uncertain future of “Dreamers” in the United States....León Rodriguez, former director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that administers the program and other immigration benefits, said the court’s ruling “requires them to take new applications” but doesn’t prevent Trump administration officials from “taking another shot”...

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Ag Today June 18, 2020

‘All smoke and mirrors’: How Trump’s meatpacking order has failed to keep workers safe [USA Today] When President Donald Trump signed an executive order April 28 to declare meatpacking plants critical infrastructure, he tapped the secretary of agriculture to keep the plants open amid a wave of coronavirus outbreaks. The move signaled that the nation’s priorities focused more on the continued production of meat than the safety of workers. … Since the executive order, COVID-19 cases tied to meatpacking plants have skyrocketed from fewer than 5,000 at the time to more than 25,000 as of this week, according to tracking from the Midwest Center...

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