California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson, second from right, asks a question of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, second from left, as Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, left, listens. CFBF officers and board members met with McCarthy and Denham at the U.S. Capitol during a policy trip to Washington, D.C.
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California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson, third from left, talks with Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., center, about this year’s upcoming rewrite of federal farm legislation. Stabenow, ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, met with a CFBF delegation visiting Washington, D.C.
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CFBF board pursues federal policy in D.C.
Focusing on immigration policy, water resources and the upcoming rewrite of federal farm legislation, members of the California Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors conducted a series of meetings with congressional leaders and administration officials in Washington, D.C., last week. Read more...

Warm, dry winter affects a number of farm activities
In the weeks leading up to mid-February, California farmers went from sweater weather to sweating the weather, with unseasonably warm temperatures and a near-total lack of rain and snow leading to cherry-crop worries and discussions of renewed drought. Read more...

Water-quality regulation will set precedents
After many hours of testimony by agricultural groups—including the California Farm Bureau Federation and several county Farm Bureaus—the State Water Resources Control Board has adopted an order revising agricultural requirements for the Eastern San Joaquin River watershed. Farm groups said the action adds layers of reporting requirements, the majority of which set precedents for other irrigated lands water-quality programs in California. Read more...

Commentary: Commission must invest bond funds in water storage
More than three years ago, on Nov. 4, 2014, 67 percent of voters approved California Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. The nearly 4.8 million Californians who voted for the bond did so knowing that new water storage was crucial for addressing longer and more frequent drought periods, punctuated by flashier storm systems. Read more...

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