The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) has filled several Cooperative Extension (UCCE) positions vital to research and outreach in the areas of almond production and integrated pest management.
The importance of pollinator health has reached the White House. Recognizing the threats to pollinator health and their potential impact on the national economy, President Obama has expanded federal efforts to reverse losses of pollinators, including honey bees and monarch butterflies.
The state Assembly approved AB 1739, a bill sponsored by Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) which would establish a statutory definition of groundwater management and provide for enhanced minimum requirements for local groundwater management plans.
Both the House of Representatives and Senate passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, with bipartisan support.
All California counties are eligible as primary or contiguous counties for 2014 drought disaster assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Senator Dianne Feinstein won unanimous approval of S. 2198, a bill that would ease restrictions on water exports from the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta to farms and cities.
The California Senate failed to pass SB 1381, a bill to require labeling on genetically-engineered foods.
Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, introduced the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act, known as the Highways BEE Act.
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to put a comprehensive $7.5 billion water bond before voters in November. The bipartisan legislation, AB 1471 by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D–Lakewood), passed the Senate 37–0 and the Assembly 77–2.
Two new literature pieces, Stockpile Management Best Practices for Almond Growers and Stockpile Management Best Practices for Almond Processors, are now available online from the Almond Board of California.