In California's Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World,” a push is underway to expand agriculture's adoption of technology. The mobile app HeavyConnect, for example, enables farm managers to track personnel and equipment efficiently. PBS News Hour special correspondent Cat Wise reports on how such innovation is providing new opportunities for the Valley's largely Hispanic population.
Agriculture, tourism and oil production are the three largest private industry economic drivers in Monterey County. A 28 minute documentary, Sustaining Monterey County, filmed by Mac & Ava Productions, explores the history of the growth of these three largest contributors to the economic stability of Monterey County. The short film features interviews with knowledgeable experts in each of the industries, residents, business owners and community leaders in Monterey County.
Learn about the findings from Dr. Carl Winter's study published in the International Journal of Food Consumption, wherein he concluded that consumers need to eat more fruits and veggies without fear.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testifies before the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, speaking passionately about the value of rural America and the contributions of farmers to our Nation's food supply.
View Pacific Legal Foundation's video on representing Wyoming farmer Andy Johnson's challenge of an EPA compliance order threatening him with $37,500 per day in fines for constructing a stock pond on his property. PLF argues that Johnson’s pond is expressly exempt from the Clean Water Act, and that the stream in which he constructed the pond is not a jurisdictional water because it does not affect a navigable water.
California Ag Today inteviews Sara Kroopf who for the Environmental Defense Fund's San Francisco office. Her expertise is agricultural economics, sustainable agricultural systems and corporate social responsibility, by building relationships with agricultural producers. She speaks positively about California's farmers and their efforts on conservation and food production; listen here.
Meeting Water Challenges on the Central Coast: The Central Coast faces unique challenges as California copes with drought. Ellen Hanak, director of the PPIC Water Policy Center, describes these challenges in an overview of the drought’s impact. Her presentation is followed by a panel discussion with U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, hydrogeologist Andrew Fisher of UC Santa Cruz, Monica Hunter of Planning & Conservation League, and Norm Groot of Monterey County Farm Bureau (8/18/2015).
CBS Evening News report on Salinas Valley water use (4/16/2015) features Jocelyn Bridson of Rio Farms and Kevin Healy of Driscoll Associates; "We haven't seen any wells go completely dry yet, but there are farmers nearby that have heard air sputters from their wells," said Bridson.
Ditch the Rule! - parody on the proposed EPA rule change to 'waters of the US' by Missouri Farm Bureau entitled That's Enough.
The Next Crop Project - the land belongs to the next generation, the Next Crop, and that's what the Next Crop Project is all about. Farms aren't just run by farmers, they're run by farmers and their families. The legacy of hard work and ingenuity on our farms is something we want to thrive and continue. Sponsored by Ram Trucks.
Interview with Norm Groot, Executive Director of MCFB, on Under the Dome Live! with Jeff Mitchell of the Salinas Californian; discussion on Monterey County Ag and issues facing local farmers and ranchers.
Movie trailer for FARMLAND, a documentary film about American Agricutlure premiering May 14, 2014.
Impacts of illegal marijuana growing in our forests are highlights in this video produced by the Forest Service entitled "Marijuana Grows and Restoration."
Immigration Reform is presented from the perspective of President Reagan in a short video produced by a coalition of reform advocates entitled "Immigration Reform: Making America Stronger."
Learn "The Facts about Chloropicrin," an important crop protection tool used by strawberry and vegetable growers in Monterey County. This video explains why this tool is so important to producing healthy plants that add to our fresh food supply locally.
Dr. Allan Savory speaks at the TED conference on "How to green the world's deserts..." by supporting the use of domestic animal herds in a working environment.
So God Made a Farmer - using the famous words from Paul Harvey, Ram Trucks and FFA crafted this wonderful SuperBowl XLVII ad that aired during the fourth quarter celebrating the American farmer.
Food safety is such an important issue these days, and growers stepped up with the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreeement five years ago. How is it working so far? View these videos for a perspective:
Three questions on food safety audtis answered from a grower's perspective
Leafy greens growers talk about food safety program effectiveness
Monterey County Farm Bureau President Dirk Giannini is featured in an advertisement for McDonald's in a series featuring producers of fresh products that go into their hamburgers and fries. The ads air nationally and rotate with a cattlemen in Illinois and a potato farmer in Washington State.
Dirk Giannini, lettuce supplier: 'Field to Fork'
Steve Foglesong, beef supplier: 'Raising Cattle and a Family'
Frank Martinez, potato supplier: 'Dream Come True'
Local food safety manager Jennifer Skidgel-Clarke talks about how she chose farming as a career, what consumers need to know about food safety, use of pesticides in conventional farming, and roles for women in agriculture.
Monterey County produce is featured in a 'Buy Local' video produced by the City of Monterey. This short video features a number of crops in our county and highlights shoppers at the Tuesday Monterey Farmers Market.
Monterey County Farm Bureau Executive Director Norm Groot appears on Steve Ellzey's "Central Coast Currents" broadcast on AMP. Norm discusses County Ag economics, the total economic impacts of Ag, MoCo Ag's superlative use of technology, Ag's water quality issues, Ag and the Sanctuary and more....good topics for Monterey County's number one economic engine.
Undertanding the differences between food produced organically vs. conventionally is the subject of a series of short videos produced by the Alliance for Food & Farming entitled "Ask the Experts."
Kids Should Eat More Fruits and Veggies is a video from the Alliance for Food and Farming that demonstrates how small any pesticde residues found of fruits and vegetables really are.
Farm Day King City is the subject of a short vidoe produced by AMP ... see how Farm Day educates 3rd Grade students on where their food is grown, how its processed, and the equipment used to harvest.
FOX News Los Angeles has produced a series of stories on 'Saving the American Dream' ... three of the stories cover the regulatory and water crisis facing Agriculture in Siskiyou County in Northern California.
FOX Studio 11 LA, War on Rural America - Part 1
FOX Studio 11 LA, War on Rural America - Part 2
FOX Studio 11 LA, War on Rural America - Part 3
California Women for Agriculture has produced a video entitled 'What is Ag?' ... in their own words, what it means to be a farmer or rancher in today's envirnoment.
The Pacific Institute's California Farm Water Success Stories analyzes successful examples of sustainable water policies and practices to demonstrate how innovative growers and irrigation districts are already beginning to move California toward more equitable and efficient water management and use.