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House Ag Committee hears from valley farmers

California farmers would like the 2012 farm bill to provide help for struggling dairies, incentives for reducing air pollution and support for a legal farm work force, according to testimony at a House Agriculture Committee hearing yesterday at Fresno City Hall reported in today's Fresno Bee.

The story, written by Robert Rodriguez, said an almond grower who requested help for purchasing new tractors that meet state air quality regulations heard from Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, that it may be a tough sell in the nation's capital.

"We can't drive public policy on what one state does," he said. "We are going to have to make some tough choices."

Speakers at the meeting said low dairy prices have hurt California dairy operators and that a significant majority of people willing to do farm work lack proper immigration status.

Mechanical peach thinning research by UC Cooperative Extension.
Mechanical peach thinning research by UC Cooperative Extension.

Posted on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 11:08 AM
Tags: 2012 farm bill (1), research (13)

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Why is it that schools can not handle large amounts of fresh produce? Seems like a good problem to solve, which in turn will solve many others -- including improving nutrition and strengthening local food systems.  
 
As a former food service worker, I am certain the problem could be solved. How can we help?

Posted by Chris M. Webb on May 5, 2010 at 8:16 AM

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