February 2018

As we move into February, growers are becoming concerned about this year’s water situation. The lack of rain and snow has most growers puzzled as to what we will do this year. Mother Nature gave us a total 360 as 2017 was rife with moisture and snow.  The next two months will be a waiting game to see what the weather holds for us.

In about a week, the Madera County skyline will start to change as almond blooms are pollenated by the bees. The almond blooms seem to be a week ahead of schedule, due to the above normal heat.

The warmer temperatures are also affecting other crops as well; I expect earlier bud break on grapes and pistachios.  As a grower I have been irrigating for the last 3 weeks just to make sure we had proper soil moisture levels for crops to awaken strong.

Beginning January 1, we are faced with new laws and regulations. Madera County Farm Bureau had a great turnout at the 2018 Ag Labor Laws workshop with a presentation by attorney Ian Weiland of Sagaser, Watkins and Wieland PC.  Those in attendance took notes on what they need to do and put into place if not already in their policies to make sure they are compliant. Please visit the MCFB website for the information that was presented at the workshop.

Many of you saw the FELS notification stating that ICE audits are happening throughout the Valley and Northern California in packing sheds.  They are auditing I-9 forms, please make sure your paperwork is in order. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the MCFB office and we will be happy to help.

There are a limited amount of 2018 gun raffle calendars available so come in to buy your lucky calendar. I hope to run into you guys at the World Ag Expo!

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