Are you one of the many Western Growers members who took advantage last year of drought assistance funding through the State Water Efficiency Program (SWEEP)? Maybe you meant to but never got around to it? Either way, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has opened a new round of funding and is now accepting applications for competitive grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations.
Western Growers annual Washington, D.C., fly-in is underway with members of the board of directors convening to address issues critical to the agriculture industry with federal lawmakers and administration officials.
In the last farm bill, Congress required that producers enact certain minimal environmental standards if they farmed on highly erodible land or wetlands. These requirements are referred to as “conservation compliance,” and while not everyone has to implement practices on their land, everyone has to fill-out a certification form.
Western Growers and Silicon Valley Global Partners (SVG Partners) are entering into an exclusive strategic alliance agreement to find, accelerate, advance and invest in innovative solutions intended to solve critical challenges to production agriculture through technology, and produce more with less water, labor and inputs.
The Thrive Accelerator program, which was launched last July to foster innovation in the agricultural sector, reached a milestone in early March when 10 of the most innovative firms gave 20 minute presentations of their business ideas to a panel of judges.
An op-ed last week in the LA Times from Dr. Jay Famiglietti of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena stated that California’s drought is so severe that the state’s reservoirs will run out of water in one year. Enhancing water efficiency is more critical than ever.
It is the era of “Big Data” and everyone is trying to harness available information to make better decisions in all facets of business. Possibly nowhere does that make more sense than when dealing with the weather and agriculture.
The most recent Farm Bill links conservation compliance to crop insurance. If you currently utilize or market crop insurance, it is critical to understand the new requirements. To help you do this, Western Growers will host a 90-minute webinar with USDA expert.