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October 26, 2012

Vote on Nov. 6

With the November 6 election around the corner, Ag Council has taken positions on two of the ballot measures before voters, No on Prop 37 and Yes on Prop 32. Click HERE to read more about Ag Council’s detailed views regarding these two ballot measures.

Support Declining for Prop 30

A statewide survey released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) shows support slipping for Governor Jerry Brown’s ballot measure to raise taxes, Prop 30.

According to the PPIC survey, 48 percent of likely voters support Prop 30, which is down from 52 percent in September. Forty-four percent oppose Prop 30, up from 40 percent from last month.

Prop 30 would raise state personal income taxes on earnings over $250,000 for seven years and increase the state sales tax by ¼ cent for four years in order to help fund public schools.

Click HERE to read more about the results in the PPIC survey.

Milk Pricing Website Launched

Given the serious issues facing California’s dairy industry in recent years, interest is growing in the regulated milk pricing structure and how it functions. In order to tackle questions about milk pricing in our state, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently created a new website, “How Milk Pricing Works.”

The level of production in the state makes California the largest dairy state in the nation, and the dairy community is an important component of our ag economy. Milk and dairy products are valued at over $7.6 billion and are the leading agricultural commodity group in California.

Click HERE to view the website.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Workshops

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will hold workshops and webinars in November regarding the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program competitive solicitation process.

The program enhances the competitiveness of specialty crops, which are defined as fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend one of the workshops.

Click HERE for upcoming November workshop dates, times and locations throughout the state and for RSVP information. For details about the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, click HERE.

Fumigation Seminar in Fresno

DFA of California is holding a Fumigation Seminar on November 13 at 7:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn in Fresno located at 324 E. Shaw Ave.

The seminar will cover issues relating to dried fruit and tree nuts, such as pesticide labeling requirements, safe and legal control of birds and rodents, worker health and safety and many other fumigation matters.

For a copy of the agenda, click HERE. To RSVP, please use the registration form HERE. The seminar is $95 for Members and $125 for Non-Members and lunch is included. The deadline to RSVP is November 6. For questions, please call Katie Ward or Amber Bernhard at (916) 561-5900 ext. 100.

DFA of California is an Ag Council Allied Member. The organization was created over 100 years ago to promote better understanding among growers, processors and purchasers of dried fruit and tree nuts. DFA of California offers services to ensure food safety. To learn more about the organization on their website, click HERE.

Legislative Wrap-Up

In a recent newsletter, Ag Council provided an overview of some of the state legislative measures affecting agriculture in 2012 and the status of those bills. In case you missed it, click HERE and scroll down to “Legislative Wrap-Up” for the summary.