The California Association of Winegrape Growers has appointed Natalie Collins as interim president and the California Table Grape Commission promoted Alyson Dias to the new position of chief marketing officer.
The landmark climate deal Democrats hope will clear Congress in coming days would upend the coming debate over the next farm bill, satisfying demands for new conservation spending but leaving farm groups still scrambling to fund enhancements in commodity programs.
The nation’s producers are feeling a little better about the state of farm finances but are still a little worried about the prices they’ll receive for their commodities, and those they will have to pay for important inputs in the next year.
Senate Democrats don’t have a vote to spare this week as they try to pass their historic climate package, including more than $20 billion aimed at helping farmers adopt practices that reduce greenhouse emissions.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has released all 12 spending bills for fiscal 2023 without waiting for the panel’s normal bipartisan process of debating the measures separately.
The question of whether hydroponic production can be certified as organic now rests with a panel of federal appeals court judges, who seemed to be inclined to affirm a lower court decision allowing such certification.