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Final Mapped California Cotton Acreage

The Pink Bollworm Program under the California Department of Food and Agriculture has released their final mapped numbers for 2019, including the Pima and Upland acreage splits. Final acreage numbers for California put Pima at 203,235 acres and Upland at 56,122 acres for a total of 259,357 acres statewide. This represents a 3% decrease in Pima acreage and a 17% increase in upland acreage as compared to 2018.  This represents a 0.5% increase in overall cotton acreage for 2019.

New CalOSHA Chief Announced

After several months, Governor Gavin Newsom has finally named a new Cal/OSHA Chief in Douglas Parker.  Parker, has been the executive director of the Oakland worker advocacy group Worksafe since 2016.  He is an attorney and has a long resume in occupational safety and health.  He is a former assistant to the late Minnesota senator Paul Wellstone, then worked in press operations for the Democratic National Committee before and during the Clinton administration.  He was a staff attorney for the United Mine Workers of America in the late 1990s, and during most of the 2000s was a partner at the Mooney, Green, Baker & Saindon law firm.   He was formerly a senior policy advisor and special assistant at the Mine Safety and Health Administration and served as assistant secretary of labor for MSHA from 2014 to 2015.  He replaces Juliann Sum, who retired earlier this year.

Preliminary Cotton Acreages for California Released

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Pink Bollworm Program have released the preliminary acreages for most of the cotton growing counties in California for 2019.  The breakdown is as follows:

The grand total of 261,327 acres statewide is up slightly from 257,820 acres statewide in 2018.  It is too early for the Pink Bollworm Program to confirm Pima/Upland splits, but current estimates put the split at 77%/23%, but we will wait for CDFA to confirm what was actually planted.

New Fresno State Interim Dean Meets with Agriculture

The Association today hosted Dr. Dennis Nef, the new Interim Dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (JCAST) at Fresno State.  He met with a group of agricultural interests including representatives from the Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA), California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association (CCGGA), California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA), Nisei Farmers League (NFL), American Pistachio Growers (APG), California Dairies Inc., California Apple Commission, California Blueberry Commission, and the Fresno County, Tulare County, Madera County and Kings County Farm Bureaus.  Dean Nef outlined his goals for his tenure as interim Dean including improving student success, increasing efficiency of agricultural department operations, and broadening the relationships with the community, including working with agricultural organizations.  The meeting sparked a lot of conversation, but in the end all in attendance agreed that this was a great start to improving the relationship with the University!

USDA Announces Connie Conway as New California FSA Director

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced Connie Conway as the new State Executive Director (SED) in California for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), serving as an appointee of President Donald J. Trump.  FSA State Directors help implement USDA policies in planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs in their respective states.  Prior to her appointment, Conway ran her own consulting business, focusing on strategic planning, business development, and government relations services. She also served as an assemblywoman for the California State Legislature where she served as Minority Leader and on the Agriculture, Transportation, Labor and Health Committees. She also served as a member of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors.

Market Facilitation Program Update

The Market Facilitation Program part of the Trade Mitigation Package will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to agricultural producers who’ve been affected by unwarranted retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farm goods.

California Farm Service Agency is requesting trade groups/community partners to please inform your producers that sign-ups will begin Monday July 29th. Please recommend your producers to contact their local county office and make an appointment to come in and sign-up since we are anticipating large number of producers that will be affected.

MFP Eligible Commodities

Non-specialty crops: alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton, and wheat

Specialty crops:  almonds, cranberries, cultivated ginseng, fresh grapes, fresh sweet cherries, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts

Hogs and dairy

The signup period will be from July 29th to December 6, 2019. Payments will be based on 2019 planted acres with some additional restricts.  Producers affected by natural disasters who filed prevented planting claims then planted an MFP-eligible cover crop, with the potential to be harvested or for subsequent use as forage, qualify for a $15 per acre payment.