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By Craig W. Anderson

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule proposed by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would expand the agencies' authority to regulate most of the country, is currently on hold. It's prevented by court orders from being implemented. 

Later-blooming almond varieties, such as Butte and Padre, experienced conditions more conducive to pollination than earlier blooming varieties, including nonpareil. Photo by Vicky Boyd.

By Vicky Boyd

San Joaquin County almond producers experienced the gamut of conditions during bloom this year – rain, sun, cold, warmth, calm, wind and even some "nasty." 

By Vicky Boyd

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation recently released a revised proposal covering application of agricultural pesticides near schools and day-care facilities that removed some of the contentious parts of a November 2016 draft. 

By Craig W. Anderson

San Joaquin Farm Bureau members Katie Veenstra and Kelton Fleming are participating in the 2017 Leadership Farm Bureau class that has begun a year-long program of activities and training sessions focused on issues affecting California agriculture. The nine Farm Bureau members participating in the 2017 class were introduced at the annual California Farm Bureau Federation Leaders Conference in Sacramento.

By Craig W. Anderson

In a result redolent of irony, Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills recently ruled against the United Farm Workers, ordering the UFW to pay more than $800,000 in back pay, overtime and penalties totaling about $1.2 million to about 50 of its own California employees.