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Recommendations on how to streamline MED and REC regulation

April 8, 2017 at 4:58 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a 92-page document with recommendations on how to streamline MED and REC regulation. The response from business was generally positive. Police expressed concerns that proposed rules would make it too easy for organized crime to become involved. Read the document here.

Drought Emergency Lifted By Gov. Brown

April 7, 2017 at 4:35 PM

The executive order issued by Brown effectively terminates the state of emergency implemented in January of 2014. However, it also keeps a focus on conservation efforts. The order states that water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful practices — such as watering during or right after rainfall, hosing off sidewalks and irrigating ornamental turf on public street medians — will remain in place. Read more

Organic Hydroponics/Aquaponics?

April 5, 2017 at 12:16 AM

Should hydroponic and aquaponic crops be considered organic if they otherwise follow all the regulations set down by the USDA’s National Organics Program (NOP)? That’s still up for debate, but the crops subcommittee of the National Organic Standard’s Board (NOSB)—the body that makes policy recommendations to the NOP—recently released preliminary documents ahead of the NOSB’s spring meeting in Denver that indicates it will recommend against hydroponic and aquaponic practices being labeled organic.

That meeting takes place April 19-21, so we’ll have to wait and see what the board decides. You can read the full document here, which is filed as a discussion document.

Webinar on growing with LEDs

April 4, 2017 at 6:14 PM

Consider this your quick reminder to register and attend the webinar April 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern/NoonCentral on “Growing Edible Crops—Lettuce, Herbs, Tomatoes and More—with LED Lighting.”

Here’s the official skinny:

LED lighting technology is being used by more and more growers because of benefits that include faster growth, more flowering and improved coloration. Learn how LEDs can improve growth of lettuce, leafy greens, herbs and high-wire tomatoes and cucumbers. In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The benefits of adding supplemental light to your edible crop growing area
  • Factors to consider when comparing LED to high-pressure sodium
  • The effect of LED blue and red spectrum on crop growth

Our guest experts are Doug Marlow, Business Development Manager; and Erik Stappers, Plant Specialist. Both are with the Horticulture LED Solutions division of Philips Lighting. Your host is Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks and Green Profit magazines.

Click here to register.

CDFA to discuss farm labor and more at April 4 meeting

March 30, 2017 at 12:34 PM

SACRAMENTO, March 29, 2017- The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss agricultural labor issues, rural job development and opportunities for career technical education at its upcoming meeting on April 4th in Sacramento. Read more

Live stream the meeting starting at 10 a.m. on April 4th. Click here for streaming information

IRS warns of employer scams

March 30, 2017 at 12:23 PM

A dangerous email scam currently is circulating nationwide and targeting employers, including tax exempt entities, universities and schools, government and private-sector businesses. The scammer poses as an internal executive requesting employee Forms W-2 and Social Security Number information from company payroll or human resources departments. They may even send an initial “Hi, are you in today” message before the request. Read more

 

 

February 26, 2017 at 12:01 AM

Has your business received a notice from the County or Riverside regarding Understanding Stormwater Compliance Requirements for Industrial and Commercial Business? We can assist you by reviewing your business practices prior to the inspection. You’ll save the $440 inspection fee as it is refunded to you when you pass the counties inspection. Call today for your review and consultation.

State Water Board – Cannabis Cultivation Water Rights

February 25, 2017 at 12:01 AM

On June 27, 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill (SB) 837, which requires the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), in consultation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), to adopt interim and long-term principles and guidelines (requirements) for the diversion and use of water for cannabis cultivation in areas where cannabis cultivation may have the potential to substantially affect instream flows. Principles and guidelines will be incorporated into licenses issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture under its CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, and water right registrations will be issued under the State Water Board’s Small Irrigation Use Registration Program, once available.  Read more

March 1 Tax Deadline Nears for Many Farmers and Fishermen

February 24, 2017 at 12:14 PM

 IRS Direct Pay Offers an Easy Way to Pay Taxes

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service is reminding farmers and fishermen about Wednesday’s deadline to take advantage of special rules that can allow them to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments.

Taxpayers with income from farming or fishing have until Wednesday, March 1to file their 2016 Form 1040 and pay the tax due to avoid making estimated tax payments. This rule generally applies if farming or fishing income was at least two-thirds of the total gross income in either the current or the preceding tax year.

Since 2014, IRS Direct Pay has offered individual taxpayers an easy way to quickly pay the tax amount due or make quarterly estimated tax payments directly from checking or savings accounts without any fees or pre-registration.

IRS Direct Pay is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be scheduled up to 30 days in advance. Last year, IRS Direct Pay received more than nine million tax payments from individual taxpayers totaling more than $31.6 billion.

When a taxpayer uses the tool they receive instant confirmation after they submit their payment. Direct Pay cannot be used to pay the federal highway use tax, payroll taxes or other business taxes.

Taxpayers who wish to pay their federal business taxes electronically should enroll in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), or visit IRS.gov/payments to check out other payment options.

Farmers and fishers choosing not to file by March 1 should have made an estimated tax payment by Jan. 17 to avoid a penalty.

New tax in 2018

February 23, 2017 at 12:07 AM

In January 2018, there will be a new 15% excise tax imposed by the state.

  • In January of 2018 the state will impose an additional 15% Excise tax on all cannabis sales.
  • Even patients with a California Patient ID card will need to pay this tax.
  • However, the good news is that patients with a CA Patient ID card will still continue to be exempt from the standard 8.75% sales tax.
  • Both recreational users and medical cannabis patients without a CA Patient ID card will pay the 15% excise tax, 8.75% sales tax, and the 10% Measure U tax