Restrictions have been lifted on the movement of citrus fruit and citrus plants in Tulare County. As a result of detections of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) in the Lindsay/Strathmore and Terra Bella areas in October and November 2012, citrus fruit was only allowed to move outside the restricted zones if it had been treated according to requirements and then commercially cleaned and packed.
Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) issued statements highlighting support for a comprehensive trade and investment agreement with the European Union and an opportunity to solidify a dominant economic alliance focused on free trade and open markets.
Piece-rate compensation plans have been used for decades in agriculture to incentive harvest employees to be more productive – the more they pick, the more money they earn. Federal courts have long upheld such plans as long as the average wage earned is greater than the minimum wage rate. The California Labor Commissioner generally agreed with federal precedent. However, a series of recent state and federal court decisions interpreting California wage laws have put the validity of such compensation plans in doubt.
In addition to the significant increase in fertilizer prices over the past decade, specialty crop producers are under increasing regulatory pressure to improve nutrient management practices to protect drinking and environmental water quality. Nutrient management is among the issues at the forefront of agriculture today.