Strategizing Better Agricultural Engagement with Public Officials

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Farmers and ranchers would be best served by approaching agricultural engagement with public officials in a more unified manner, highlighting the underlying importance of having a strong agricultural industry. As legislators have a myriad of issues to consider when crafting policy, agricultural concerns need to be addressed and communicated in a manner that fits in that context.

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USDA Urged to Make Climate Change Research Public

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, raised strong concerns that the reported suppression of significant climate change research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is harmful to agriculture and urged the Department to publicize past and future research.

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Farm Bureau Endorses Senate Water Legislation

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Water legislation introduced June 20th in the U.S. Senate recognizes the continued crisis facing water reliability in the West, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation. CFBF endorsed the Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who introduced the bipartisan legislation along with Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. The bill would authorize federal funding for new storage, recycling and desalination projects; create a loan program for water supply projects; enhance forest restoration and other activities to benefit water supply or quality; and take additional steps to encourage water development.

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California Acts to Prohibit Chlorpyrifos Pesticide

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Move to ban follows scientific findings that chlorpyrifos poses serious public health and environmental risks to vulnerable communities. Governor’s May Revision proposes $5.7 million in new funding to support the transition to safer, more sustainable alternatives. CDFA and DPR will convene a new working group to identify, evaluate and recommend alternative pest management solutions.

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