Sweeping cuts have cast a shadow over the legislative session, downsizing and delaying ambitious policies. Ag lobbyists will be hitting that message hard with lawmakers looking to make their policy mark.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has selected Laphonza Butler, president of EMILY’S List, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Joelle Mosso has joined Western Growers as the new associate vice president of science programs.
Kevin Burkum has been tapped as the new CEO for U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action. He most recently served as the chief communications officer for Global Dairy Platform. He succeeds former CEO Erin Fitzgerald, who left USFRA in April.
Farmer recharging their groundwater may be able to benefit from their banked supplies during periods of drought, but can run into roadblocks like cost when doing so, according to a panel of farmers and experts at this year's Food and Ag Issues Summit West in Sacramento.
California Republican David Valadao, who lives on his family's dairy farm in central California, says he's concerned that a new agreement to curb the use of the Colorado River could lead to higher water prices for producers in his district.