Tuolumne County Farm Bureau President Shaun Crook, second from left, talks with Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Roseville, right, as Farm Bureau members visited McClintock's office in Washington, D.C. Other participants in the meeting included Nevada County farmer Andy Barhydt, left, and Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Program Director Caitie Campodonico.
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California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger, second from left, speaks to Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, center, during a day of meetings in Washington D.C. Other participants included, left to right, Tulare County farmer Matt Watkins, left, Tulare County dairy farmer Tom Barcellos, second from right, and Stanislaus County farmer Daniel Bays, right.
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Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, left, speaks to Nevada County farmer Andy Barhydt.
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CFBF seeks movement on drought bills
A delegation of Farm Bureau leaders from California, who traveled to Washington, D.C., last week, encouraged the U.S. Senate to pass Western drought legislation that can be sent to a conference committee with a bill passed earlier by the House of Representatives. The delegation, which included county Farm Bureau leaders and the 2016 Leadership Farm Bureau class, visited the nation's capital at the same time that a Senate subcommittee held a hearing on drought legislation. Read more...

Groundwater: State regulations oversee creation of new local plans
Regulations to guide creation of groundwater sustainability plans by local agencies have been unanimously approved by the California Water Commission. Read more...

CDFA orders long-term change on milk pricing
Milk prices paid to California dairy farmers, specifically the portions related to dry whey, will continue to be calculated based on a state milk pricing formula that's been in use since last August. Read more...

Commentary: Strength in numbers powers Farm Bureau advocacy
Membership in Farm Bureau is a choice, and nearly 29,000 of you have chosen to join Farm Bureau in California as agricultural members. Members and volunteer leaders form the lifeblood and strength of our organization, and it is because of members like you that Farm Bureau can rise to meet the daily challenges facing family farmers and ranchers. Read more...

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