Stan Santos, spokesperson for the Committee For Central Valley Immigration Rights, speaks during a news conference outside the Bee Sweet Citrus plant in Fowler, Tuesday morning, Feb. 6, 2018, regarding an alleged audit by ICE seeking personnel information on plant employees.
Grower Don Cameron explains how flooding fields will replace drip irrigation and help restore the flood plain to its natural state. It is one of the way California farmers are trying to plan for future drought conditions. Cameron was named farmer of the year by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
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.