Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised budget calls for millions of dollars to support new farmers and ranchers. Specifically, it proposes $10 million for beginning farmer and rancher training and farm management apprenticeship programs, which is a new budget proposal but still less than some farm advocates were hoping.
In this opinion piece, Ian LeMay of the California Fresh Fruit Association calls on California consumers to support the state’s growers, who currently face incredible challenges, by purchasing California produce.
California farmers grow the vast majority of lettuce for the country, though in recent years the number of acres planted has declined and the salad staple has dropped from consistently the number 2 crop in California (by value) at the start of the century to number 5 in 2018 and 2019.