Agriculture

Senator Wolk: Let’s Stop Treating Farm Workers as Second-Class Citizens

From the Courage Campaign: For nearly 100 years, farm workers have been treated as second-class citizens and denied fair overtime pay after eight hours of hard work.(1) And there’s a critical bill headed to the California State Senate floor — Assembly Bill 1066 (Gonzalez) — that would right this wrong and finally acknowledge the financial hardships…

Five Ways Every County Can Help Bay Area Farms and Ranches – Greenbelt Alliance

Here’s a very interesting new Greenbelt Alliance report that highlights ways local governments can help promote, invest in and maintain local agriculture. The ‘Homegrown’ report and text below were written by the Greenbelt Alliance: Five Ways Every County Can Help Bay Area Farms and Ranches The Bay Area has lost 217,000 acres of farms and ranches over…

USDA & EPA Have Much More to Do to Protect Bee Populations – GAO Report

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have yet to adequately address threats to bee populations in the U.S., as directed by the 2015 White House Pollinator Health Task Force.

The USDA has not yet developed a plan for the monitoring of wild, native bee populations, and the EPA has not yet collected data on commonly used pesticide mixtures in order to assess their risks, according to the report. Read the full report here. Highlights document below.

GAO Bee Report

Support the Young Armos Farm Incubator – On Tonight’s Rohnert Park City Council Agenda

The Rohnert Park City Council will consider a letter of opposition to the proposed Young Armos Farm Incubator at its meeting tonight at Rohnert Park City Hall, 130 Avram Avenue, at 5 pm. Your comments to the council members in support of the incubator via email or in person could be extremely beneficial for this…

What Does the President’s 2017 Budget Mean for Sustainable Agriculture?

via the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition blog: What Does the President’s 2017 Budget Mean for Sustainable Agriculture? February 10, 2016 The President’s final budget proposal to Congress potentially has major implications for all aspects of our food and agriculture systems–everything from conservation to rural development, nutrition and food safety. While White House budget proposals are…

Cast Your Vote for the Farmers Guild Awards – Nominations Due Tomorrow!

Message from the Farmer’s Guild: Every February, at the annual Farmers Guild-Raising, our community recognizes individuals making a difference by contributing to a stronger local food economy, promoting food justice and empowering a new generation of agrarians. If you know someone deserving of such acknowledgement, use the form below to nominate one or several people from…

If There Are No New Farmers, Who Will Grow Our Food?

As the long age of oil concludes, and the sustainable food and ag movement attempts to create a resilient, lasting agricultural system that will sustain future generations, we’re faced with a daunting challenge. Our farmers are aging rapidly, there’s little support for younger farmers entering the field, and few incentives. The timing of this demographic…