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California Ag Today

1,057 episodes - English - Latest episode: 3 days ago - ★★★★★ - 4 ratings

Focused on keeping local farmers, ranchers, agribusiness men, and women up to date on agriculture industry issues that affect California's rural economy. 

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Like Milk and Race Cars, Some Things Are Better Together

May 27, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500 just happened on Sunday – and one of the traditions it’s known for includes handing an ice-cold glass bottle of milk to the winning driver.

The Race is On for Agriculture in Sonoma

May 24, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The “Farm to Finish Line” event at Sonoma Raceway will celebrate California’s rich agricultural heritage and offer a fun and educational experience for fans of all ages.

Governor's Budget Cuts Prompt Water Worries

May 23, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The California Farm Bureau is urging the administration to restore a $500 million discretionary funding cut as soon as possible to ensure water resilience.

Big Money for Blueberry Exports

May 22, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) is announcing that they’ve been awarded $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture’s Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP) to expand export opportunities for U.S.A. blueberries.

Water Resources Development Act Heads to Committee

May 21, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Last week legislation was released that authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers to study and carry out a host of water infrastructure and environmental restoration projects across the country.

North American Beef Orgs Stand Together

May 20, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The NCBA, along with its Canadian and Mexican counterparts, have signed a joint statement pledging to work together.

California Pork (Laws) Still Top of Mind

May 17, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

"The next state regulation might not necessarily be on pork," says Chase Adams of the National Pork Producers Council. "It could be on beef production or any other livestock production.”

Acronym Soup: EPA and EVs in DC

May 16, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

EPA chief Michael Regan got an earful during a recent Senate hearing on electric vehicles and the administration’s push to further their use by means of regulation.

Dairy Group Cheers House Farm Bill

May 15, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Gregg Doud, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation, is commending House Ag Chair G.T. Thompson for including language in the House farm bill regarding the Class 1 mover.

A Banner California Almond Production Forecast

May 14, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The 2024 California Almond Forecast, recently released by USDA NASS, shows almond production up 21% compared to last year.

Chins Up in the Dairy Industry

May 13, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Leading dairy representatives from the U.S. and Mexico met this week to renew their commitment to collaborate and advocate for mutually beneficial dairy policies.

Leaders in Urban Ag Needed

May 10, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The USDA is seeking nominations for four positions on the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production.

A Squeeze on Agriculture by Interest Rates

May 09, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Rabobank’s RaboResearch team recently released its bimonthly North American Agribusiness Review.

Cheers to Your Favorite Winegrape Grower!

May 08, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) is pleased to announce nominations are now open for its prestigious 2025 Awards of Excellence Program.

Good Trade, Fair Trade, and More of It

May 07, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

In recent testimony, the National Milk Producers Federation called for a more proactive U.S. trade policy.

Daily Grains and Ketchup Packets

May 06, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Today we explore how one collegiate professor and DVM is trialing an unlikely source for stretching tight feedstocks: food destined for the trash.

The 1, 2, 3 of Estate Planning

May 03, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Jolene Brown outlines the necessities for any good farm or ranch transition.

Cattleman Wait on Publication of Final Traceability Rule

May 02, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Cattle moving interstate will soon need ID tags that will be both visually and electronically readable.

“Problematic” H2A Rule Issued

May 01, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

New H-2A final rule is being labeled as problematic by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

Almond Update: Vote Now on ABC Board of Directors!

April 30, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Voting began yesterday to select two independent grower positions and two independent handler positions on the Almond Board of California Board of Directors

Farmer v. U.S. Government

April 29, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Farmers are asking a federal court to stop the USDA from what they say is “unconstitutionally and unlawfully funneling disaster and COVID-19 relief funds to certain farmers based on race and gender.”

Moving Dairy Cattle? Get Ready for Testing!

April 26, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

As of Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has now mandated testing for H5N1 of dairy cattle that cross state lines.

Don't Crowd the Plow, Ag Aircraft Edition

April 25, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

As the U.S. agriculture industry enters the upcoming growing season, the National Agricultural Aviation Association is asking all uncrewed aircraft system operators (or drones) to be mindful of low-altitude crewed agricultural aircraft operations.

Keep Drinking Milk

April 24, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Despite unusual outbreak of avian influenza in dairy cattle, the American Farm Bureau emphasizes that the milk supply is safe.

Trade Criticism Continues in D.C.

April 23, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee held annual hearings last week regarding the president’s trade agenda.

Have Passport, Will Promote U.S. Product in Columbia

April 22, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

USDA Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis Taylor will lead an agribusiness trade mission to Columbia in August and is now soliciting for exporters to come along.

How Expensive is Your Grocery Cart?

April 19, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

New data shows food-at-home, or grocery prices, rose the fastest last year in Houston, Texas, by 7.8 percent, followed by Boston, Massachusetts, at seven percent.

California Farming Region Placed on Water Probation

April 18, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

After a day-long hearing, the State Water Resources Council has put the Tulare Lake basin under "probationary" status.

USDA Drops Data Set for U.S. Ranchers

April 17, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Tanner Beymer, senior director of government affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says the July Cattle Report from USDA NASS carries a lot of weight for the big picture.

California Winery Featured Tonight on RFD-TV

April 16, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Episode five of their highly acclaimed series, FarmHER is title Hope Family Wines and will highlight winemakers Stasy Seay and Samantha Taylor at the winery in Paso Robles.

Money, Money, Money, Money – MONEY

April 15, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

What would you do with one-hundred grand? Well let’s not put the cart before the horse. First off, how do you get $100,000? The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is doubling the top prize at this year’s Ag Innovation Challenge.

Lighting a Fire Under Last Year’s Farm Bill

April 12, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Having fun getting through the updates from the 2023 Farm Bill? Oh that’s right…it didn’t happen. But May may be when the fire gets lit.

NCBA: New ESA Rules Rollback Previous Improvements

April 11, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Last week, the Biden administration released three final rules under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that rewrite and rollback what the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says were improvements made under the Trump administration.

California in D.C., Proposition 12 Style

April 10, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Amidst fly-in to D.C., National Pork Producers Council President says they are pushing for Congress to fix the Proposition 12 issue in the next farm bill.

A Federal Milk Marketing Order Makeover

April 09, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

USDA recommendations will come in July, with finalization at the end of the year. Most decisions won't take effect until quarter one of 2025.

Food Price Sticker Shock

April 08, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

March saw a rise in food prices according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization's Food Price Index. This stopped a reported seven-month decline.

Response to California Water Plan

April 05, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has now released the final version of California Water Plan Update 2023. Farm Bureau weighs in.

Water Use Report Violation Notices Coming Soon

April 04, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

It’s just been announced that the Division of Water Rights will be sending Notices of Violation in the next few weeks for those who have not submitted the annual reports or statements. Those were due before February 1.

A South Korean Appetite for U.S. Goods

April 03, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

“U.S. food and agricultural products are recognized by South Korean consumers and importers for their reliability, their quality, and their sustainability," says Alexis Taylor, USDA.

Zalom Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

April 02, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Dr. Frank Zalom was honored for his remarkable 40-plus year career as a distinguished professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis.

April 3 Grant Deadline for NRCS Partnership Proposals

April 01, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The conservation priorities of focus are numerous but could include carbon sequestration and increased food system resiliency,

Pizza! Pizza! Real California Pizza!

March 29, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The California Milk Advisory Board is once again hosting the Real California Pizza Contest. It’s year six for the competition which highlights recipes using Real California cheese and dairy.

Avian Influenza….for Cows

March 28, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

For the first time, HPAI has been identified as affecting dairy cattle. Get the details as well as an update for our domestic bird population.

A Prop 12 Pork Price Assessment

March 27, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Now fully implemented, monetary assessments are coming in as to pork prices and Proposition 12 here in the state of California.

Paying Green for Orange in the Golden State

March 26, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

As of March 25th, citrus growers here in the state of California are able to enroll in a program that could award up to $200,000.

Soybean-based Firefighting Foam Could be an Option for California

March 25, 2024 07:00 - 2.07 MB

A new invention in the Midwest could be a big hit in the dry, drought-stricken wildfire capital… our lovely state of California. Cross Plains Solutions made a soybean-based firefighting foam that could replace existing products made with harmful forever chemicals.

NCBA Talks Beef Nutrition in Consumers

March 22, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Misinformation surrounding beef nutrition has clouded consumer choices for years. Executive Director of Nutrition Research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Dr. Shalene McNeill joins us to talk about Beef Checkoff research that was conducted through Baylor College of Medicine.

Anheuser-Busch is the First Company to Certify Products as “U.S. Farmed”

March 21, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Beer Giant Anheuser-Busch becomes the first company to certify as “U.S. Farmed,” even adding the distinctive seal to its packaging this spring. This certification indicates the product derives at least 95 percent of its agricultural ingredients from American farms.

American Farmland Trust Launches “U.S. Farmed” Certification to Encourage Consumers to Buy Domestically Sourced Products

March 20, 2024 07:00 - 2.07 MB

American Farmland Trust is introducing The U.S. Farmed™ certification. This certification includes a distinctive U.S. Farmed packaging seal for farm products that derive at least 95 percent of their agricultural ingredients from farms in the United States.

Consumers Still Eating Meat, Mixed February Report

March 19, 2024 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The latest Meat Demand Monitor released on February 29, 2024, offered a mixed result, according to Kansas State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Glynn Tonsor.