Policy & Regulations

Rule banning older trucks is a challenge for agriculture in California

The rule applies to diesel vehicles that weigh at least 14,000 pounds. It's estimated that at the close of 2022, around 70,000 big rigs, or roughly 10% of the state’s commercial trucks, were not in compliance. more »

2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill includes pecan research projects

U.S. Congress passed the 2023 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which included provisions for NPF-supported research, NASS reports and disaster assistance. more »

USDA invests over $200 million to expand ag exports through market development programs

Funding has been awarded to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations, including those for almond, walnut, pistachio and pecan. more »

California Farm Bureau president calls for restoring farm bounty

Jamie Johansson, California Farm Bureau president, insists California’s agricultural producers can do more than just survive — if only state policymakers reject their prevailing mindset and embrace one that is geared toward abundance. more »

Update to the pecan federal register and voluntary standards

USDA is requesting all written public comments to be received by Jan. 17 regarding a "pecans received" handler form. more »

Water rules add to challenges for California farmers

Costs are high, water is scarce, and prices to growers are low. With the economics of tree crops the toughest they've been in decades, is there a light at the end of the tunnel? more »

Vilsack highlights USDA’s climate initiatives and investments at COP27

Global food security depends upon the ability of farmers and producers worldwide to increase their productivity, while strengthening their climate resilience and minimizing their climate impacts. more »

California farmers march on Capitol, protest water fees

Farmers from California's Central Valley received zero federal water deliveries, and severely reduced state allocations. Now hit with groundwater pumping fines, farmers took to the Capitol to protest. more »

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