For decades, California strawberry growers like Rod Koda injected the potent pesticide methyl bromide into soil to kill bugs, weeds and plant diseases before planting strawberries.
Local farmers say consumers should prepare to spend a little more at the grocery store due to a shortage of farm workers.
From Christmas tree growers in the Appalachians to Wisconsin dairy farmers and producers of California’s diverse abundance of fruits and vegetables, agricultural leaders are pleading with Congress for an immigration bill that includes more lenient and less complex rules for hiring farm workers.
The Supreme Court is giving California raisin producers a new day in court to object to a government program that aims to stabilize prices by regulating the market.
Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California’s Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state’s farms is making a comeback: sugar beets.
The good news for job seekers is that there’s plenty of work in the farm fields, but the bad news for farmers is there are not enough workers coming around.
Conveniently-timed for Obama’s reelection, the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Resolution program began September 24, 2012 – just a month-and-a-half before the election. Apparently the Obama administration did not care about this alleged injustice to females and Hispanics any time in the past three-and-a-half years. It just happened to be thought about and addressed now – just before voters pull the lever.
The owner of a Yuba orchard starts everyday by knocking on the doors of potential workers but with so few willing to take the work, he fears half his crop will end up rotten.
The wettest winter and spring in more than a decade prompted state officials on Wednesday to boost the amount of water available to agencies that supply 25 million California residents and almost a million acres of farmland.
Citrus growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley are preparing to fight off crop-damaging frost as a cold front moves into the region.