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Regulatory reform, labor and more addressed at AFBF convention
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By Vicky Boyd

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall outlined a number of pressing issues, including immigration reform and slashing regulations, during his annual address at the recent AFBF Annual Conference in Phoenix. 

"Just like on ag labor – so many farmers have told me: If we don't fix this, none of the other issues will matter, because overregulation will put our farms and ranches out of business," Duvall told delegates. 

 
Rain brings much need relief, but concerns remain
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Water ponded in these almond orchards near Escalon in mid-January. Photo by Vicky Boyd.  

By Vicky Boyd

Recent heavy rains have been bitter sweet for San Joaquin County agriculture, helping reduce impacts of the 5-year-old drought but also causing localized flooding.

They also serve as a stark reminder of the state's need for more storage, said Joe Valente, an orchard and vineyard manager and San Joaquin Farm Bureau board member.

 
New laws take effect Jan. 1
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By Craig W. Anderson

Among the new laws taking effect in January, agriculture is affected by minimum wage, overtime, truck exemption, a new I-9 and the irrigator exemption. 

"Ag will have to pay the bill and we'll have to deal with it," said Andrew Watkins, SJFB president. "We'll have to adjust our policies. Farmers won't know the full effect of this and other regulations for a few years and then it could be too late to repair any damage they caused."

 
Almond Board honors Phippen with Achievement Award
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By Craig W. Anderson

Dave Phippen received the 2016 Almond Achievement Award at the Almond Conference Dinner Gala in December in Sacramento.

Phippen, a 16-year member of the Almond Board of California's board of directors, said, "This is an honor from an industry that I love and I don't regret the time spent working with the Almond Board of California and participating on various committees over the years. I enjoy playing back my knowledge to the industry."

 
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