Aubrey Bettencourt CA State Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency on helping Ag with Fires
The Big Salinas Valley Rush For Thanksgiving
In ongoing coverage of the fight between the UFW/ALRB and Gerawan Farming (Fresno County) attorney Anthony Raimondo of Fresno discusses a hearing at the Calif. Supreme Court on Sept. 5, 2017.
Recently at the California Supreme Court, Gerawan Farm workers were protesting against UFW workers (many of whom were paid fake workers) regarding a hearing at the court that could allow the UFW/ALRB to force unionization on all farm workers in the state. CA Supreme Court Justices have about 80 days to make a decision.
At the CA Supreme Court this week, where there was a hearing on farm workers right to choose being part of a union, Gerawan Workers, with IDs and Check Stubs, Face Off with Fake UFW Workers without ID or Check Stubs.
Fresno County 2016 Crop Report at $6.2 Billion
Paul Wenger Discusses the California Farm Bureau Federation
Paul Wenger Talks About The New Administration
Ranching in the East Bay
Harvesting Brussel Sprouts
Marilyn Kinoshita on Tulare County Agriculture
Tulare County Ag Commissioner Marily Kinoshita talks about the agriculture industry in Tulare County.
Strawberry Harvest in Santa Maria
In Mid July 2016 we videoed these valiant farmworkers harvesting strawberries in Santa Maria, California.
Historic Signing of Temperance Flat MOU
An historic Memorandum of Understanding between San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation aimed at developing additional San Joaquin River water storage in the form of Temperance Flat Dam and Reservoir was signed on July 1.
Manuel Cunha Not Happy With Supreme Court Decision
Manuel Cunha is President of the Nisei Farmers League in Fresno. He is quite upset over the Supreme Courts 4-4 decision to not allow illegal aliens to stay with their legal families in the US.
Nut Harvest Safety Training A Nut Harvest Safety Training at the Fresno County Farm Bureau
AgSafe and Western Ag Processing Association sponsored an Nut Harvest Safety Seminar in Fresno in June 2016 to outline possible injuries to workers and how to prevent those injuries.
Lettuce Harvest in California
Our reporter Patrick Cavanaugh captured this video of lettuce being harvested recently. Watch as farmworkers pick the crop and it becomes ready to move on from the field to your table!
Terra Bella Loves California Agriculture
On Saturday we met up with music duo Terra Bella at the Clovis Rodeo before their performance. Tonight they perform at the California FFA 88th State Leadership Conference. Learn how their ties to California agriculture and FFA have enhanced their love for farmers and the National FFA Organization.
Touring the Carlsbad Desalination Plant
Back in January the California Ag Today team had the opportunity to tour the Carlsbad Desalination Plant in San Diego County. We learned from Ashley Jenkins, public affairs specialist for the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), about the importance of the desalination plant to the water supply in San Diego. Teresa Penunuri, public affairs supervisor for the SDCWA, explained how the mindset has changed from opposing to desal in San Diego to asking for more. And Frank Hilliker, owner of Hilliker’s Ranch Fresh Eggs, shared how the plant means having a reliable water supply for his 30,000 chickens.
Low Water Allocation Leaves Ag Viability in Question
Ryan Jacobsen, executive director of the Fresno County Farm Bureau, said that the viability of the future of California agriculture is uncertain due to low water allocations for Central Valley growers. Video filmed and edited by Charmayne Hefley.
Westside Growers React to 5% Water Allocation
Gayle Holman, public affairs representative for the Westlands Water District, shared her thoughts on the disappointingly low allocations following the announcement that westside growers would only receive a 5% water allocation from the United States Bureau of Reclamation. Video filmed and edited by Charmayne Hefley.
El Niño is Here- But Will it Make a Difference?
El Niño is showering our state with tons of water. But most of it is going straight out to the ocean. Why are we not taking advantage of this opportunity to recover from the drought?
75% of the state – 29 million people and nearly 5 million acres of farmland in Central and Southern California – depend on water that falls as snow and rain in Northern California. This water eventually flows into the Sacramento River where a small percentage is pumped to cities and farms south of the Delta. The rest goes out to sea under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Right now, El Niño is doing its job – filling the Sacramento River with enough water to provide relief from the ongoing drought. But we aren’t doing our part. Watch this video to find out why we are failing to save El Niño precipitation for “non-rainy” days.
Video & Copy Credit: Western Growers
CaWater4All Petition at World Ag Expo
Aubrey Bettencourt, executive director of the California Water Alliance, was at the 2016 World Ag Expo collecting signatures for the CaWater4All Water Priorities Ballot Initiative petition to get on the November ballot. The ballot initiative would reallocate High-Speed Rail funds for water storage projects in the state of California. Video produced and edited by Charmayne Hefley.
Dogs Keep Agriculture Safe
Meet Soya, an agriculture detector K-9, and her handler, Samantha Tomlinson, who works for the Fresno County Ag Commissioner’s office. Tomlinson and Soya work as the first line of defense to protect California’s agriculture industry from potential pests and diseases that can be shipped in packages. Charmayne Hefley reports. Story by Charmayne Hefley and Patrick Cavanaugh.
Ants Prevent Asian Citrus Psyllid Enemies from Thriving
A species of ant is keeping Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), which can spread the citrus-deadly Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, safe from it’s natural enemies. Mark Hoddle, a biological control specialist for UC Riverside, said that in exchange from sugars created by ACP the ants keep the ACP protected from potential parasites. Patrick Cavanaugh reports. Video filmed and edited by Charmayne Hefley.
2016 Pruning Class – Back To Eden Garden – L2Survive with Thatnub
Paul Gautschi shows us the way he prunes his Back to Eden garden orchard. He explains why and how to make each cut.
Felco F-8 Classic Pruner with Comfortable Ergonomic Design
Samurai Ichiban 330mm Pruning Saw Scabbard
Protecting California’s Citrus Against Asian Citrus Psyllid
Following the discovery of Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP)- which spreads the devastating Huanglongbing disease (HLB)- in a residential citrus tree in Fresno County, citrus growers are being urged to remain vigilant against the threat of ACP. We met with Kevin Severns, general manager of the Orange Cove-Sanger Citrus Association to learn more. For more information go to CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org or contact your local ag commissioner’s office. Story and video by Patrick Cavanaugh and Charmayne Hefley.
Social Media is Important for Agriculture
Joe Del Bosque, owner of Del Bosque Farms, Inc., is an active participant on many social media sites. From Twitter to Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, Del Bosque stays on top of social media trends for the betterment of his farm. He said that it is important for those involved in agriculture to get involved with social media. Patrick Cavanaugh reports. Video filmed by Cavanaugh and produced by Charmayne Hefley.
Aubrey Bettencourt on The Water Priorities Ballot Initiative
California Ag Today met up with Aubrey Bettencourt, executive director of the California Water Alliance, and learned about a new ballot initiative that the CWA has sponsored and is working on getting on the ballot for the 2016 election. The Water Priorities Constitutional Amendment and Bond Act seeks to increase water storage for all uses. To learn more visit: CAWater4All.com. Video filmed by Patrick Cavanaugh and edited by Charmayne Hefley.
Farm Credit Centennial Celebration
While at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) Convention’s Trade Show Talks, California Ag Today met Megan Fairchild Anderson, director of communications for AgriBank. Anderson said Farm Credit is celebrating their Centennial Celebration, and as part of the celebration they are hosting a Fresh Perspectives program to honor the top 10 innovators in agriculture who are going to bring us into the next 100 years. The deadline to nominate a member of your community for the Fresh Perspectives program is Dec. 18, 2015. Charmayne Hefley reports. Video filmed by Patrick Cavanaugh and edited by Charmayne Hefley.
A greenleaf lettuce field.
The absolute beauty of California agriculture. This was shot on Nov, 4 2015 in the San Jaun Valley, east of Watsonville.
Greg Musson shares thoughts on Water Storage Needs
Greg Musson, president of GAR Tootelian, Inc., spoke at the California Water Commission meeting on Oct. 14, 2015. He shared his thoughts on the meeting’s timeline and discussed GAR’s campaign #moreDAMstorage. California Ag Today’s Brian German reports.
Cameron on Carrots
Strawberry Industry Value is $3 Billion Plus
Rick Tomlinson is president of the California Strawberry Commission based in Watsonville, CA. He explains the extraordinary value of the California strawberry industry.
California Water Commission Meeting in Clovis (Oct. 14, 2015)
The California Water Commission held a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in Clovis to discuss their Water Storage Improvement Program. California Ag Today’s Patrick Cavanaugh reports. Video filmed and produced by Charmayne Hefley.
Patrick Cavanaugh Interviews David Rogers, a Madera County Supervisor
At a recent California Water Commission meeting on Oct. 14, 2015 we met up with David Rogers who serves as a Madera County Supervisor. He noted that Temperance Flat must be built.
Barry Bedwell on Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB)
Dairyman Xavier Avila On the Federal Milk Marketing Order Hearing in Clovis
Kings County Dairyman Xavier Avila helped push for a Federal Milk Marketing Order in California. He was at the historic first day of the USDA special hearing on converting from a State Order to a Federal Order.
Barry Bedwell, President of the California Fresh Fruit Association
Barry Bedwell President of the California Fresh Fruit Assocation speaks about the Agriculture Labor Relations Board hearing in Fresno on the ALRB’s plan to gain access to farms to help educate farmworkers.
Manuel Cunha, President of of the Nisei Farmers League
Thanks Donald Trump for keeping immigration in the headlines. Hopefully it gives a message to the GOP to quit kicking the can down the road.