OCFB representing OC farmers Orange County Farm Bureau President, Mark Lopez, along with 1st Vice President, Allan Price, and OCFB staff met 48th District Representative Harley Rouda's District Director, Laura Oatman, and Constituent Services Representative, Lauren Barich, on Thursday afternoon. Rouda replaced Dana Rohrabacher in the November midterm elections. Lopez and Price spoke to the mission and history of Farm Bureau in Orange County, and laid out the challenges and concerns facing farmers in OC and California today. Immigration reform and agriculture's labor needs was top of the list, and Rouda's staff was very engaged and attentive as Lopez and Price described all that is required to make a farm go in today's climate.
Sierra snowpack doubled in February From the Los Angeles Times, Feb. 28: They may have been cold and wet, but that was a good thing for surveyors making their monthly winter trip to the state’s Phillips station to measure the snowpack Thursday morning. The weather was stormy enough that the California Department of Water Resources couldn’t livestream the ritual, as it typically does for those eager to know the progress of the state’s water supply. But when the results were in, they were great: The snowpack had more than doubled from last month — to 113 inches deep, or 43½ inches of water if it were to melt, said spokesman Chris Orrock. Read the rest of the article here.
2019 Agricultural Equipment Survey The California Air Resources Board is conducting a survey of farmers throughout California to better understand agricultural equipment use. From CARB: "Results from the previous survey helped determine allocations for millions of dollars in equipment turnover programs across California, from federal and air district incentive programs. CARB’s goal is to collect information on the State’s agricultural equipment inventory and usage to inform incentive spending and determine statewide emissions from agriculture." The survey results will be gathered by Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo where all names and identifying information will be removed prior to data being shared with the Air Resources Board. The survey can be completed online.
California Strawberry Automation Summit The California Strawberry Commission will host a Strawberry Automation Summit on Wednesday, April 3 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The event will run 8 am to 5 pm. From the Strawberry Commission: "Farmers, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs will meet for lively dialogue, examining the intersection of strawberries with robotics, big data, and artificial intelligence. More than 25 production automation experts, strawberry geneticists, and agricultural economists provide diverse perspectives on successes, challenges, and opportunities in robotics and production horticulture. Five technology developers from around the world working on strawberry harvesting are scheduled. Become part of the future of strawberry farming with updates on the current state of automation innovation and new ideas for improving production efficiency."