As part of the Central Valley Agricultural Tour, Senator Kamala Harris visited Fowler Packing and talks about a bill, the Agricultural Worker Program Act, she is co-sponsoring with Senator Dianne Feinstein.
HerdDogg, a company exhibiting for the first time at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, has developed a system that can measure a cow's movement and temperature, and sync that information to your mobile phone.
California Assemblymen Joaquin Arambula, D-Kingsburg, and Devon Mathis, R-Tulare, offer opposing views of the farmworker overtime bill that was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Agricultural workers already receive some overtime pay under California law thanks to a 2002 state directive that entitles them to extra wages if they work more than 10 hours in a day or more than 60 hours in a week. AB 1066 will expand that to bring it more in line with other industries, offering time-and-a-half pay for working more than eight hours in a day or 40 in a week and double pay for working more than 12 hours a day. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday, Sept. 12, that he had signed the bill into law.
Lindsay Jordan, a farm adviser working with UC Cooperative Extension in Madera, Merced and Mariposa counties, shows how she's helping develop wine grapes from heritage varieties that will flourish in the Valley's heat.