Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Assemblyman Rivas speaks on COVID-19 relief package for farmworkers

First-in-the-nation bills would expand paid sick leave, provide hazard pay and subsidies for child care.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas, Dolores Huerta, and legislative aide Rita Durgin. Photos provided by the Office of Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

Business / Economy

State Assembly passes Farmworker Housing Act of 2019

AB 1783, introduced by Assemblyman Robert Rivas, is expected to streamline the process to build farmworker housing on agricultural land.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Labor survey finds farmers struggle to hire for on-farm jobs

Over half of participants said they have been unable to hire employees at some point during the last five years.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Agriculture

Q&A: Assemblyman Robert Rivas on farmworker housing bill

AB 1783 expected to make it easier to house farmworkers on agricultural land.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Agriculture

Assemblyman Robert Rivas and UFW announce Farmworker Housing Act

"We must ensure that California's farmworkers and their children have the chance at a better life, and a brighter future," Rivas said.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

San Benito County forms committee for hemp cultivation ordinance

Ag Commissioner says local farmers are interested and have inquired about purchasing property.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. Photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Panetta and others introduce legislation to provide earned pathway to citizenship to farmworkers

"This bill provides these men and women with a way to earn their citizenship by contributing to our agriculture and our communities," Panetta said.

San Benito County Water District Operations Manager Jeff Cattaneo said the county's aquifers are in good shape, but the state makes it hard to keep them that way. Photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

State water board to vote on changing water allocations

If passed, plan would reduce county’s share of surface water.

Paicines Ranch Classes on Hollistic Management include time out in the field.

Agriculture

Land stewards learn at Paicines Ranch

The ranch hosts a course on holistic management practices

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Agriculture

Assistance available for flood-impacted farmers, ranchers

USDA can help fund debris removal, cropland restoration and structural repair

Members of the community meet to discuss potential projects aimed at the conservation of the Pajaro River Watershed

Agriculture

Pajaro Compass Network to launch with community event June 23

The Pajaro Compass Network will involve community members in the conservation of the Pajaro River Watershed