Farm groups are stepping up the pressure on Congress to reject President Joe Biden’s proposals for increasing taxes on capital gains. More than 40 organizations have signed a letter to congressional leaders, saying the proposals threaten the transition to a new generation of farmers.
From California to Georgia, farmers can’t find enough workers to harvest their crops or milk their cows. Combined with Congress’s decades-long failure to act on long-promised comprehensive immigration reform, the result is that U.S. consumers are paying more for a less-secure food supply as more production moves south of the Mexican border in search of farm labor.
There’s a noisy battle over water rights going on in the Golden State. Late last month, a diverse group of over 1,000 Californians flooded the State Capitol to tell the State Water Resources Control Board that their updates to the Bay-Delta Plan just won’t hold water.