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Farm Bureau Calls For Unity On Ag Issues

Calling on the state’s farmers and ranchers to help shape the future of agriculture through the same “dogged determination” they use in producing crops, California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger has urged unified action to address the numerous issues confronting California agriculture. During his recent address to delegates attending the CFBF Annual Meeting in Pasadena, Wenger urged farmers and ... Read More »

U.S.-EU Talks Could Open Doors For Trade

JOSH ROLPH CALIF. FARM BUREAU I have heard it said many times the last few years that agriculture has been the bright spot in California’s lagging economy. All data suggest that fair and open trade with foreign markets plays a significant role. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced – in its words – “an astonishing trend” for ... Read More »

SPECIAL REPORT: Need An App For Insecticide Spray?

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have released two mobile phone applications, or “apps,” to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment. The apps were developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Bradley Fritz and Wesley “Clint” Hoffmann at the agency’s Areawide Pest Management Research Unit in College Station, Texas. The apps are ... Read More »

Researchers’ Objective: Control Lygus Problem

By Brent Murphreee Maricopa, Ariz. The Third International Lygus Symposium was held in Scottsdale, Ariz., in October and brought together the most important players in lygus research, with an impressive showing by Western cotton pest researchers. The objectives of the previous symposiums were to enhance collaboration, exchange current research, find solutions to research issues and determine a management approach for ... Read More »

Congress Urged To Move Fast On Crucial Issues

By Christine Souza Calif. Farm Bureau Federation While Congress reconvenes for a post-election, “lame-duck” session, farmers and ranchers are urging their representatives to work together to address pressing issues facing agriculture. Rayne Pegg, manager of the California Farm Bureau Federation Federal Policy Division, says it is vital for Congress to resolve issues such as the Farm Bill and the combination ... Read More »

Japanese Retailers Like U.S. Cotton

By Tommy Horton Editor When an overseas retail representative sees U.S. cotton in the field for the first time, an important message is reinforced. In essence, it becomes a mutually beneficial situation for all parties. That is precisely what happened last month when a group of Japanese retailers and fiber sourcing companies made a week-long tour of the U.S. Cotton ... Read More »

Farmers Affected By ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Unless Congress acts before the end of the year, come Jan. 1, the U.S. economy will fall off a “fiscal cliff.” That’s when a number of tax breaks and government program spending will be cut in order to try to get the nation’s budget back on track. Because the Joint Select Committee for Deficit Reduction failed to come up with ... Read More »