L.A. County Fruit Fly Quarantine and Farm Bill and Prop 12
**The California Department of Agriculture has placed a portion of Los Angeles County under quarantine after more than 20 Tau fruit flies were found near Santa Clarita.
The fly is native to Asia and a serious threat to agriculture and natural resources, including numerous fruits and vegetables.
The CDFA asked residents living in the quarantine area not to move any fruits or vegetables from their property.
**The House Ag Committee Chair plans to use the upcoming farm bill to deal with California’s Prop 12 that was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Roll Call reports pork producers feel this will lead to patchwork laws between states.
Glenn “GT” Thompson says the Supreme Court said in its decision that Congress has the power to address the issues caused by Prop 12, but Congress has chosen not to deal with those issues in the past.
**The Minneapolis Federal Reserve took a look at interest rates and how they are affecting producers in recent months.
Interest rates have risen dramatically since last year, raising the cost of borrowing money.
Ag producers in some areas face additional expenses arising from supply issues and economic uncertainty.
Interest rates have doubled since 2022 for ag producers after a decade of historically low and stable rates.