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California’s Ban on Chlorpyrifos Passes First Committee

April 11, 2019 – -A California Senate bill calling for a complete ban on the broad-spectrum pesticide chlorpyrifos passed the Senate Health Committee April 10, 2019  by a vote of 5-1, with three members abstaining and will now be heard in the  Environmental Quality Committee. The hearing was heavy on science from both ends of […]

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CalEPA Secretary Confirmed by California State Senate

April 11, 2019 – -The California Senate confirmed Jared Blumenfeld as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). Blumenfeld was confirmed with a bipartisan vote of 32-3.As Secretary, Blumenfeld oversees the state’s efforts to fight climate change, protect air and water quality, regulate pesticides and toxic substances, achieve the state’s recycling and waste reduction […]

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The U.S.- Mexico-Canada Agreement Fact Sheet

April 11, 2019 – -Canada and Mexico are the United States’ top export markets for U.S. agriculture, totaling a combined $40 billion in 2018. In fact, more than 28 percent of all U.S. farm and food exports went to our North American neighbors last year. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, will make a good trade […]

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Air Board extends Ag Tractor and Mobile Equipment Survey to May 15

April 11, 2019 – -The California Air Resources Board (CARB), with the support of the California agricultural community, has extended the deadline for participation in the 2019 agricultural equipment survey. The survey has been extended until May 15, 2019. CARB contracted with CalPoly San Luis Obispo to handle and completely anonymize all survey data, which […]

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Biomass and Co-Products, Almond Ports and Transportation on Alliance Convention agenda

 April 11, 2019 – -Almond Alliance’s priority for the 2019 convention is to provide an agenda packed with interactive and informative seminars in the areas of trade, biomass, almond co-products, water, labor laws, pesticide, food safety, regulations and politics. Sessions include: To view the complete agenda, please click here Wednesday, May 1st: Biomass and Co-Products […]

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Gov. Newsom Appoints Val Dolcini as Deputy Secretary for Ag at Cal EPA

April 1, 2019 – -Val Dolcini, 56, of Washington, D.C., has been appointed Deputy Secretary for Agriculture at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Dolcini has been president and chief executive officer at Pollinator Partnership since 2017. He was administrator for the Farm Service Agency at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2014 to 2017, where […]

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Alliance hosts FFA students at Ag Day at Capitol

March 22, 2019 – -California’s agricultural community gathered on the west steps of the state capitol last week to showcase the bounty of crops and commodities produced in our state.  The Almond Alliance brought Merced FFA and civics students to Ag Day at the Capitol to meet with state legislators and tell the story of […]

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Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Hearings held in Senate and Assembly

March 22, 2019 – -Both the Assembly and Senate Budget Sub Committees on Resources heard the Governor’s “Safe and Affordable Drinking Water” trailer bill proposal. Those Governor’s trailer bill proposes the following: * A fertilizer tax of $0.006 per dollar of sales. * A $0.01355 deduction per cwt. from milk producers’ payments. * A tax […]

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Ag Coalition on China Sends Letter to Trump

March 22, 2019- -On behalf of America’s farmers, ranchers, and food producers Almond Alliance and other members of an agriculture coalition sent a letter to President Trump regarding access to the Chinese market for America’s farmers and food manufacturers. The letter expressed praise for the Presidents unprecedented efforts to hold China accountable for its unfair […]

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Agriculture Bills Pass First Policy Committee

March 22, 2019 – -Two Ag bills passed their first policy committees. AB 202, by Assemblymember Devon Mathis, protects landowners from additional regulations when undertaking conservation measures to protect endangered species by extending indefinitely the safe harbor for the accidental “take” of an endangered species. SB 62 by Senator Bill Dodd, saves agricultural operations time […]

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