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Ag Today April 12, 2021

Panetta Preserving Family Farms Act could keep rich ranch land within families [Salinas Californian] … Joined by Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02), Panetta's act would increase the amount of farmland that can be valued for family farming operations and decrease the amount of farmland that must be valued for development purposes when someone inherits the property. … "Land values are increasing as domestic food supplies are recognized as critical during the pandemic, and no more so than here in the Salinas Valley, the Salad Bowl of the World," stated Norm Groot Monterey County Farm Bureau executive director. … “Revising the estate tax for agriculture would be a significant benefit...

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Ag Today April 9, 2021

Newsom unveils $536-million forest management, wildfire prevention plan in Fresno County [Visalia Times-Delta] As California teeters on the edge of another devastating drought, Gov. Gavin Newsom visited Fresno County to unveil a $536-million plan to bolster the state's firefighting efforts. On Thursday, Newsom outlined a plan that prioritizes forest management and wildfire mitigation projects before the worst of the fire season begins, more than doubling spending on such projects compared to last year, advocates said. … Crews are rushing to thin forests, build fuel breaks around vulnerable communities and allow for planned burns before a dry winter turns into a tinder-dry summer. https://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/2021/04/08/newsom-unveils-536-million-forest-management-wildfire-prevention-plan-in-fresno/7142499002/   SF...

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Ag Today April 8, 2021

Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric [Associated Press] The president and auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren’t buying it. They argue that now is the time to increase sales of ethanol and biodiesel, not abandon them....Each year, U.S. refineries produce about 15 billion gallons of ethanol — about 10% the volume of gasoline — and 1.5 billion gallons of biodiesel, which is typically blended with petroleum-based diesel for trucks and other heavy...

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