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Local irrigation districts in California sue state board over water supply cuts

Irrigation districts in several Central Valley farm communities are suing the State Water Resources Control Board over its recent water curtailments order. Lawsuits, filed in Fresno and Sacramento County superior courts, claim state officials overstepped their legal authority in halting diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Aug. 20 water board action effectively cut off surface water supplies to 4,500 California farms. (on-air reading time: 24) 

Farmers, employees protest ‘card check’ union organizing bill

A contingent of farmers and farm employees gathered at the California state Capitol last week to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto legislation that would allow a union-organizing system known as “card check.” Assembly Bill 616, now on the governor’s desk, would allow alternatives to secret-ballot elections for forming unions. The California Farm Bureau urges preserving the secret ballot. It says allowing organizers to instead collect signatures from employees may lead to coercion and intimidation. (reading time :28)

Legal fight shakes up olive industry as acreage continues to decline

California’s table olive acreage continues to decline. Even though olive production increased this year over 2020, California’s 12,800 total acres of olives in 2021 amounted to less than one-third of the state’s olive acreage in 2011. The decline continues as one of California’s top olive processers – Bell-Carter Foods – is embroiled in a bitter legal fight with a Spanish company that was once a major business partner. (reading time :25)

Report: More than 1 in 10 households faced food insecurity last year

A new report says more than one of every 10 U.S. households experienced food insecurity in 2020. That means they had trouble providing sufficient food for family members due to a lack of resources. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, food insecurity is increasing in homes with children and­—particularly—in households in which a homeowner or renter was unemployed. (reading time :24)

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