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Trump Tells Farmers: ‘We’re Going to Get Government Off Your Backs’

Trump Tells Farmers: ‘We’re Going to Get Government Off Your Backs’

By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor . President Donald Trump touted his administration’s repealing of the “Waters of the United States” rule, also known as WOTUS, while speaking at the 100th annual American Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. “We’re saving farmers and ranchers from one of the most ridiculous regulations ever imposed on anybody […]

Towards a Grand Bargain on California Water Policy

Towards a Grand Bargain on California Water Policy

. .… By Edward Ring When it comes to water policy in California, perhaps the people are more savvy than the special interests. Because the people, or more precisely, the voters, by huge majorities, have approved nine water bonds in the past 25 years, totaling $27.1 billion. It is likely they’re going to approve another […]

Property Rights Debated in Farmers’ Fight of Unionizing Law

Property Rights Debated in Farmers’ Fight of Unionizing Law

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views Does a union have the same right as government to trespass on your property?  They think so.  Unions feel they own all property and government workers.  So, if they want workers to be forced to pay bribes to work, why shouldn’t they interrupt work on private […]

3rd annual Taste of Local Festival -Sept 24th

3rd annual Taste of Local Festival -Sept 24th

Totally Local VC announces its Third annual Taste of Local Farm to Fork Festival coming up on Sept 24th at the historic Olivas Adobe in Ventura California  More Food! More Fun! And More to Local then Ever! The 3rd annual Taste of Local Event  What better way to learn about local food than to experience […]

After Drought, California Looks to Replenish Aquifers

After Drought, California Looks to Replenish Aquifers

At the Terranova Ranch near Fresno, California, general manager Don Cameron examines grapes in a vineyard that workers flooded last spring. Winter rains had ended a severe drought and he was engaged in “groundwater recharge,” returning unused water from the North Fork of the Kings River to an underground aquifer, the source of irrigation for […]

Trump Crackdown on Illegal Aliens Forces California Farmers to Turn to Technology

Trump Crackdown on Illegal Aliens Forces California Farmers to Turn to Technology

By ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY Ever since the Trump administration restarted the enforcement of U.S. immigration law — enforced sparingly under the Obama administration — California farmers have been complaining about a labor shortage. A state mandated $15 minimum wage and overtime pay for farmworkers isn’t helping California famers, who are already overburdened by so many […]

California farmers win big in water battle

California farmers win big in water battle

WASHINGTON — The California water bill now ready for the president’s signature significantly shifts 25 years of federal policy and culminates a long and fractious campaign that began in the drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. About five years in the making, the $558 million bill approved by the Senate early Saturday morning would steer more water […]

California Farmers Achieve More Air Quality Gains in 2015

California Farmers Achieve More Air Quality Gains in 2015

DAVIS, Calif., March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Although California continues to cope with some of the Nation’s most compromised air quality, farmers continue to reduce emissions from their operations. During 2015, California’s farmers, working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, voluntarily applied seven conservation practices to reduce pollutants by 788 tons—an equivalent of 170,000 low […]

Drought’s Impact on Farms: Short-Term Costs and Long-Term Dangers

Drought’s Impact on Farms: Short-Term Costs and Long-Term Dangers

Ventura County: The “bestest” place ever to be

Ventura County: The “bestest” place ever to be

By George Miller We saw in the Washington Post that Ventura County had been rated the #1 county in the U.S. to live.  But for what and how was it rated? Well it turns out that was derived from a government rating system based upon “natural amenities,” meaning weather and geography. Yeah, that’s why many of us […]

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