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.
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.
Both the House of Representatives and Senate passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, with bipartisan support.
The California Senate failed to pass SB 1381, a bill to require labeling on genetically-engineered foods.
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.
All California counties are eligible as primary or contiguous counties for 2014 drought disaster assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced “W21: Water in the 21 st Century,” legislation that would help communities nationwide better prepare for the future by providing new incentives...
The Third District Court of Appeal has cleared the way for the sale of bonds for California’s high speed rail project, reversing a lower court ruling that blocked the state from issuing the bonds. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny has ruled in November 2013 that the state’s High Speed Rail Finance...
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. FFAR was authorized by the 2014 farm bill and will operate as a nonprofit corporation funding research through private donations. Congress...
The US Senate confirmed Darci Vetter as the chief US agricultural negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). Vetter has been an Agriculture deputy undersecretary for farm and foreign agriculture service since 2010. “American farmers and ranchers are central to our effort to support jobs across the...

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