At his almond orchard in Visalia, farmer Dino Giacomazzi, center, meets with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, left, and explains a map of his irrigation system that shows flows based on soil type. Jamie Johansson, California Farm Bureau Federation president, listens behind Giacomazzi.
Photo: Christine Souza
California Farm Bureau Federation Senior Counsel Jack Rice, left, provides U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue an overview of California’s water system.
Photo/Christine Souza
Perdue sees farmers ‘making a difference’
To learn more about California agriculture and its successes and challenges, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Central California farms and agricultural businesses as part of a three-day trip to the state. Read more...

Farmers work to mesh state, U.S. labor regulations
As the immigration debate continues in Washington and Sacramento, agricultural employers find themselves walking a legal tightrope between the two capitals. Read more...

Commentary: Orchards, farmers play key role in fighting wildfires
During the terrible days and weeks the Thomas Fire tormented a broad swath of Ventura County, members of the community were keenly aware of the debt they owed to the first responders who confronted the flames on their behalf: firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency preparedness experts. Read more...

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