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California Could Be the First Organic-to-School State

It’s time to put organic food on more kids’ plates, and the California legislature may be willing to help. California Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry’s new bill, AB 958, will create the first-ever Organic-to-School pilot program. The pilot program will help qualifying school districts purchase organic food, offering up to 15 cents per meal.

California Farm Bureau Federation Releases Ag Labor Availability Survey

The California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) released their 2017 agricultural labor availability survey results in a report titled Searching for Solutions: California Farmer Continue to Struggle with Employee Shortages. The report includes data from 762 farmers and ranchers throughout California and its findings are consistent with a 2012 CFBF labor survey.
 

California FarmLink’s Farm Finance Expo: One-Stop Shopping for Loans and Financing

Over its 20-year history, California FarmLink has developed its focus around three core elements for farm and ranch success: strong business skills, fair financing, and secure land tenure.

California Industrial Hemp Bill Signed into Law

In early October, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1409 into law.

California Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors California farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.

California Organic Advisory Panel to Meet May 7 in Sacramento

The California Organic Products Advisory Committee (COPAC) will assemble for a public meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture building in Sacramento. 
 
COPAC advises the California secretary of food and agriculture on education, outreach, and technical assistance for organic producers in the state.

California State Board of Food and Agriculture Seeking Public Input on California’s Water Future (Meetings in Redding and Fresno)

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture is hosting a series of public forums to allow farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders opportunities to provide input on the California’s Water Future.
 
Public Forums on California’s Water Future
 
Redding – Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m.

CASFS Grower Guide Release

Free organic grower guides offer information on specialty crop production for small- and medium-scale growers  
 
A new series of technical guides developed at UC Santa Cruz targets small- and medium-scale organic specialty crop growers with the production information they need to be successful.
 

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