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A plea to Gov. Newsom for a water policy

- Analysis
Leading California business associations, including the Western Growers Association, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California Fresh Fruit Association, and California Pear Growers, have sent a letter to governor Gavin Newsom urging him to “establish a clear target to increase its surface water supply to meet current and future needs for human consumption and a growing economy.”

CDFA secretary tours the SF Wholesale Produce Market

- General News
The SF Market, a wholesale produce market that is home to 26 merchant businesses in the heart of San Francisco, welcomed California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross (CDFA) on May 20, 2022.

California adds another minimum wage increase

- Analysis
California governor Gavin Newsom has announced an additional state minimum wage hike, to become effective on January 1, 2023. 

Fruit World expects strong citrus production through April

- General News
Fruit World, a family-owned, flavor-focused grower-shipper of organic and conventional citrus and more, is reporting a strong season for their premium specialty citrus, including organic Minneola tangelos, Blood oranges and Cara Cara oranges.

USDA to purchase $30MM in U.S. table grapes in 2022

- General News
USDA will purchase U.S.-grown table grapes as part of its 2022 Food Purchase and Distribution Program.

California table grape growers continue path to mechanization and automation

- General News
California table grape growers, collectively through the California Table Grape Commission (commission), are working to mechanize and automate operational functions, with a goal of reducing costs and increasing the efficiency of vineyard operations.

Feds turn off tap in San Joaquin Valley

- Analysis
The reason for the cutoff is a dearth of water at the principal supply of water for the federal Central Valley Project: Lake Shasta in the extreme north of the state. It will force some changes.

California produce groups among those to endorse Rep. Costa for Ag Committee chair

- General News
Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), who announced he will seek the chairmanship of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, received key endorsements from 70 agricultural organizations because of his extensive experience and effectiveness in delivering results for American agriculture.

California grape estimate drops at start of season

- General News
With the California table grape season in full swing and expectations for a positive season as the backdrop, the California Table Grape Commission revised its estimate for the 2020 table grape crop to 104.9 million 19-pound boxes, down from its April estimate of 106.5 million.

Big bounce-back for California cherries

- General News
California cherry growers have finished shipping a large cherry crop that has been met with strong retail demand.