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Agriculture

Sonoma County Measure Would Put Animal Lives at Risk

There are nearly three times as many laying hens in Sonoma County as there are people. In a testament to the care area poultry farmers give to their livestock, many of the farms are multi-generational members of the county community. Yet, a ballot measure largely funded by animal activist group ...
Agriculture

Prop 12: Implementation aftereffects are just now becoming apparent

Under Proposition 12, veal calves must be provided 43 square feet of floor space, laying hens must be afforded 1 to 1.5 square feet of cage-free space either indoors or outdoors, and breeding pigs (sows) must be provided at least 24 square feet of space in a pen without touching ...
Agriculture

May is National Mental Health Month

Mental health should take center stage in rural communities

Recent data highlighting the loss of farms and ranches throughout the United States in the Census of Agriculture from the United States Department of Agriculture should bring particular attention to the stressors in rural communities. To put the national losses in perspective, the U.S. lost an average of 545 farms ...
Agriculture

Read latest about war on agriculture

Solution to CA’s farm loss is through proactively working with ag community

The U.S. Census of Agriculture shows a distinct acceleration of farm losses between 2007 and 2022. Yet, farms are not altogether disappearing in California. According to census data released earlier this spring, there was a peak in the number of farms reported in California in 2007 with 81,033 recorded. In ...
Agriculture

Proposed H-2A rule changes will make the program more difficult for everyone

In 2022, California’s agricultural employers hired 44,400 farmworkers through the H-2A visa program. The number of people hired through the program equates to about 12 percent of the total number of farmworkers hired through the visa program for the entire United States that year. Farmworkers with H-2A visas are temporary ...
Agriculture

Read about latest unworkable green mandate

New paper highlights the troubles with one-size-fits-all ag solutions

The Green New Deal, or the Inflation Reduction Act as it’s been rebranded, call for the installation of green or buffer zones on farms to act as wildland spaces for wild plants and animals. Legacy farms and ranches often already have those things in place. For example, our family farm ...
Agriculture

Learn about latest California green mandate

‘Build it and they will come’ is not the answer for climate change legislation

The trouble with severely limiting packaging to what can be recycled or composted is, according to the Covered Materials Category List that was developed under the requirements SB 343, most packaging materials cannot be recycled or composted. Phasing out single-use food packaging, which is harmful to the environment, is a ...
Agriculture

California’s Farmers Give Great Gifts to Us All – During the Holidays and All Year Long

A great many farmers and ranchers identify with Paul Harvey’s iconic poem, “So God Made a Farmer,” but this time of year, I prefer the editorial from Francis B. Church, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Whether you read Paul Harvey’s poignant poem or Francis Church’s editorial to set ...
Agriculture

Read new study from Washington Policy Center and PRI

Policy Brief: The impact of California’s Proposition 12 in increasing national production costs and food prices

In 2018, voters in California passed Proposition 12, called the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, by a wide margin. The state law established regulations for housing laying hens, veal calves, and hogs whose food products – eggs, veal, and pork – would be sold in California. Additionally, the regulation prohibited the ...
Agriculture

Holiday meals always begin on the farm, even when we can’t see them

With the holidays fast approaching, food becomes the centerpiece of tables, gifts, and thoughts for people and families. Maybe a family has a traditional recipe eaten every holiday season, lovingly handed down generation-to-generation with unwritten touches that can only be replicated when the item is made with another family member. ...
Agriculture

Sonoma County Measure Would Put Animal Lives at Risk

There are nearly three times as many laying hens in Sonoma County as there are people. In a testament to the care area poultry farmers give to their livestock, many of the farms are multi-generational members of the county community. Yet, a ballot measure largely funded by animal activist group ...
Agriculture

Prop 12: Implementation aftereffects are just now becoming apparent

Under Proposition 12, veal calves must be provided 43 square feet of floor space, laying hens must be afforded 1 to 1.5 square feet of cage-free space either indoors or outdoors, and breeding pigs (sows) must be provided at least 24 square feet of space in a pen without touching ...
Agriculture

May is National Mental Health Month

Mental health should take center stage in rural communities

Recent data highlighting the loss of farms and ranches throughout the United States in the Census of Agriculture from the United States Department of Agriculture should bring particular attention to the stressors in rural communities. To put the national losses in perspective, the U.S. lost an average of 545 farms ...
Agriculture

Read latest about war on agriculture

Solution to CA’s farm loss is through proactively working with ag community

The U.S. Census of Agriculture shows a distinct acceleration of farm losses between 2007 and 2022. Yet, farms are not altogether disappearing in California. According to census data released earlier this spring, there was a peak in the number of farms reported in California in 2007 with 81,033 recorded. In ...
Agriculture

Proposed H-2A rule changes will make the program more difficult for everyone

In 2022, California’s agricultural employers hired 44,400 farmworkers through the H-2A visa program. The number of people hired through the program equates to about 12 percent of the total number of farmworkers hired through the visa program for the entire United States that year. Farmworkers with H-2A visas are temporary ...
Agriculture

Read about latest unworkable green mandate

New paper highlights the troubles with one-size-fits-all ag solutions

The Green New Deal, or the Inflation Reduction Act as it’s been rebranded, call for the installation of green or buffer zones on farms to act as wildland spaces for wild plants and animals. Legacy farms and ranches often already have those things in place. For example, our family farm ...
Agriculture

Learn about latest California green mandate

‘Build it and they will come’ is not the answer for climate change legislation

The trouble with severely limiting packaging to what can be recycled or composted is, according to the Covered Materials Category List that was developed under the requirements SB 343, most packaging materials cannot be recycled or composted. Phasing out single-use food packaging, which is harmful to the environment, is a ...
Agriculture

California’s Farmers Give Great Gifts to Us All – During the Holidays and All Year Long

A great many farmers and ranchers identify with Paul Harvey’s iconic poem, “So God Made a Farmer,” but this time of year, I prefer the editorial from Francis B. Church, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Whether you read Paul Harvey’s poignant poem or Francis Church’s editorial to set ...
Agriculture

Read new study from Washington Policy Center and PRI

Policy Brief: The impact of California’s Proposition 12 in increasing national production costs and food prices

In 2018, voters in California passed Proposition 12, called the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, by a wide margin. The state law established regulations for housing laying hens, veal calves, and hogs whose food products – eggs, veal, and pork – would be sold in California. Additionally, the regulation prohibited the ...
Agriculture

Holiday meals always begin on the farm, even when we can’t see them

With the holidays fast approaching, food becomes the centerpiece of tables, gifts, and thoughts for people and families. Maybe a family has a traditional recipe eaten every holiday season, lovingly handed down generation-to-generation with unwritten touches that can only be replicated when the item is made with another family member. ...
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