Merced County Farm Bureau members Joe Sansoni, left, Emily Coate and executive director Breanne Ramos meet with Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, at his Capitol office as part of the annual California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Day. Jones-Sawyer serves on the Assembly Agriculture Committee.
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Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, second from left, and an aide meet with Bruce Blodgett, left; Rachael Fleming, second from right, and David Strecker, right, of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau at Eggman’s Capitol office.
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Farmers meet legislators in Capitol visits
The halls of the Capitol can be fertile ground for nurturing relationships, and some of the participants in this year's California Farm Bureau Federation Leaders Conference had their first opportunity at it. Read more...

Resource issues dominate annual CFBF conference
Addressing concerns that include floods, droughts, wildfires and state regulations on river flow, two state officials advised farmers and ranchers to remain engaged in those and other natural-resources issues. Read more...

Comment: Farm Bureau works to shape tomorrow’s food system
Whenever I discuss synthetic foods with someone, reruns of the animated TV show The Jetsons play in my head. I think back to scenes of Mrs. Jetson preparing food for her family: She simply pushes a button on her "space age" oven and almost instantaneously has whatever food her family wants. It's fast, customizable and seemingly effortless. But for those of us who understand how food is produced, it leaves us with one question: how? Read more...

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