Economics

Friant Water Authority Shares Blueprint to Save Central Valley Farmland & Water

With the tasking demands of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act coming down on California farmers, a considerable amount of farmland will have to be retired and will have a severe economic impact on the Central Valley.  But there has to be a way to meet the demands of the state without devastating our farming communities.  Watch this brief interview with Friant …

Farmer Member on CA Water Resources Control Board Urges Farmers

Although the California Water Resources Control Board may not be terribly popular amidst local farming communities due to recent actions that have not been in the best interests of agriculture, what you may not know is that there are farmers that sit on this board, including Dorene D’Adamo.  Watch this brief interview with Dorene as she explains that it will …

Current Status of CA Groundwater Sustainability Agencies – Deadline Approaching

The California State Water Resources Control Board is getting ready to crack down on farmers for their increased use of groundwater unless their local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies can come up with a sustainable plan that will not overdraft local groundwater resources.  Watch this brief interview with Taryn Ravazzini from the California Department of Water Resources as she shares a progress …

USDA Announces Details of Support Package for Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced further details of the $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals. In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods and other …

New Studies Show Soil Health Practices Increase Farm Profitability

Today, American Farmland Trust(AFT), the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food®,is releasing four case studies that show that healthier soil on farmland brings economic benefits to farmers and environmental benefits to society. These case studies were developed in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). AFT Water Initiative Director Dr. Michelle Perez, the lead researcher on the …

Western Growers Statement on U.S. and Mexico Trade Deal

In response to the deal reached by the U.S. and Mexico to avert the addition of five percent tariffs on all Mexican goods, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement: “We are pleased that this potential impediment to trade between our two countries has been avoided. Mexico represents one of the largest export markets for U.S. …

U.S. Organic Sales Break Through $50 Billion Mark in 2018

U.S. Organic Sales

Clean, transparent, fresh, sustainable. Environmentally friendly, animal humane, high quality, social activism. Those traits are all identified with organic, and in 2018 they all helped push organic sales to unprecedented levels. The U.S. organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark for the first time, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous …

State of the California Tomato Industry with Bruce Rominger

State of the California Tomato Industry with Bruce Rominger

California processing tomato growers had a disappointing season in 2018, not because of their crop (they had a great crop), but because of the low returns due to a less than ideal market. Watch this brief interview with Bruce Rominger, Chairman of the California Tomato Growers Association, as he shares the current State of the Tomato industry, and read more …

California Tomato Growers Association Perspective on Industry’s Future

California Tomato Growers Association Perspective on Industry’s Future

Processing tomato growers gathered in Modesto recently for the California Tomato Growers Association (CTGA) Annual Meeting. It was a great opportunity for the industry to get together between seasons and discuss current needs and challenges of the industry moving forward. Watch this brief interview with CTGA President Mike Montna as he shares association insights and future prospects for the industry. …

Consumer Trends to Increase Demand for CA Processing Tomatoes

Consumer Trends to Increase Demand for CA Processing Tomatoes

Processing tomato growers in California had a great crop last year, and are more efficient than ever before at producing a quality crop as efficiently as possible. But now more than ever, we need to follow consumer trends closely to determine how to better appeal to the consumer audience to increase demand for this great commodity. Watch this interview with …

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