Yesterday, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Department announced it is awarding farmers $3.6 million in State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) grants for 93 different projects.  As previously reported in Spotlight, CDFA announced it was accepting applications for SWEEP funds which provide grants to farmers for implementing on-farm water irrigation systems that reduce water and energy use. 

Gail Delihant

The World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel ruled against the United States for a second time reaffirming that its revised U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) measure for meat fails to comply with the WTO’s original ruling against it. While this ruling does not affect COOL for fresh fruits and vegetables, the consequence of the U.S. failing to comply, or being successful in a final appeal, could result in Canada and Mexico issuing retaliatory tariffs against the U.S., including tariffs on fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts. However, in the near term, pending the appeal outcome, no retaliatory action is expected on these items.

Ken Gilliland

San Joaquin Agriculture Commissioner Tim Pelican is working closely with the California Department of Food Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) after the discovery of Asian citrus psyllids in San Joaquin County.  The psyllids were found in residential neighborhoods in Manteca and Lodi, but due to the close proximity of agriculture in the area, the detections raise serious concerns about the possibility that the pests can spread to those areas. 

Ken Gilliland

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