Santa Barbara County farmer Russell Doty, center, talks with Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, right, as Farm Bureau members visited Denham’s office in Washington, D.C. Other participants in the meeting included, left to right, California Farm Bureau Federation Political Affairs program coordinator Chelsea Molina, Leadership Farm Bureau member Breanne Ramos of Merced County and CFBF field representative Rachael Johnson.
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In Washington, D.C., California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger speaks during a news conference to show support for trade promotion authority legislation with U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; Jeff Slaven, Virginia Cattlemen’s Association president; Richard Wilkins, American Soybean Association first vice president and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
CFBF Second Vice President Jamie Johansson, right, talks with Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, as Josh Rolph of the CFBF Federal Policy Department listens.
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Farmers discuss key issues on Capitol Hill
To address drought and water supply issues, government regulations, taxes, immigration policy and other concerns, a delegation of Farm Bureau leaders from California traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for policies that protect farms, ranches and agricultural businesses. Read more...

Farm-labor case appears headed to Supreme Court
A sweeping state appellate court decision, ruling part of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act unconstitutional, sets the stage for an eventual state Supreme Court decision on the act's mandatory mediation and conciliation provisions. Read more...

Cuts in California rice open doors for competitors
With California farmers not planting as much rice due to water restrictions, Southern rice-growing states are jumping in to fill the gap by expanding their production and taking some of the Golden State's markets in the process. Read more...

Commentary: Show DPR how schools and farms can co-exist
As California's population continues to increase, many schools have been built—and continue to be built—on prime agricultural land next to farm operations. This is because school boards have the ability to choose school sites without complying with local zoning ordinances adopted by the affected city or county. Read more...

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