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At the end of 2018, Congress passed a Farm Bill that differs from its predecessors in one remarkable way: it removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and includes it as a viable crop “for agronomic rotational purposes and for use as a habitat for honey bees and other pollinators.” Furthermore, it opens the door for funding research studying the uses of industrial hemp as well as “emerging commercial products derived from hemp.”

So what does this have to do with me, a vegetable farmer?

In a nutshell, the Farm Bill has effectively unshackled our ability to explore

To anyone outside the fresh produce supply chain, the recent romaine lettuce E. coli scare may have felt like a routine outbreak. But anyone on the inside knows: this one was different.*

Slippery slope

First, a little context. When a product is removed from the marketplace, the FDA assigns it one of four classifications depending on its potential for bodily harm: Class I, Class II, Class III, or withdrawal, which is typically voluntary. Most folks along the supply chain have a layer of insurance for if a recall or withdrawal occurs.

But when the news broke that romaine

God said, ‘I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.’ So God made a farmer.
-Paul Harvey, 1978

As the weather cools and harvest wraps, we turn our minds to family, tradition, community and of course, food. If you’re from California like we are, persimmons and pomegranates look festive hanging from their bare-leafed trees and add delicious pops of color to salads and baked goods. If you’re

A lack of laborers in every sector of the supply chain puts California agriculture—and by extension, US agriculture—at risk of collapsing

It’s no secret that agriculture is experiencing a critical labor shortage, but what many people don’t realize is how far its impact ripples out.

According to a 2017 report from the California Farm Bureau Federation, 55 percent of responding farmers had experienced employee shortages despite ramped-up recruiting, increased pay and other incentives. This labor shortage extends across the U.S. but we feel it acutely here in California as our state leads the nation in cash receipts

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