Improved soil promises to help farmers use less water and reduce carbon in the atmosphere. Jesse Sanchez, manager at Sano Farms in Firebaugh, said 15 years ago, tractors were rolling across the 4,000-acre tomato farm all the time. Now, the farm features cover crops in the winter, reduced soil tillage, irrigation with super-efficient buried drip tape and lower fertilizer needs. The result is a one-third drop in water use and a 75 percent reduction in diesel to fuel tractors, Romero said.
Minimum wage in the state is set to gradually increase to $15 by 2020. Under this updated law, the first wave of increases will take the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour on Jan. 1 2017, for businesses with more than 26 employees. Businesses with fewer employees have an extra year to implement the increase.
One-day workshop Jan. 25 to help farmers increase profits by processing raw produce into more valuable products, like jams, sauces and baked items.
The workshop provides an update on laws that govern value-added products and gives an introduction to the roles of retailers, distributors and brokers.