CFB Calls for Securing Water Supplies and Cheese Production Higher
**California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson called on lawmakers to work on sustaining agriculture into the future by securing water supplies and rejecting policies that merely ask farmers and ranchers to be resilient.
Speaking before the 105th California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada, Johansson took issue with
California’s failure to complete water infrastructure projects that could have stored water during wet years and enhanced flood-control protections in years with heavy rains.
**USDA’s Monthly Dairy Products Report shows total cheese output, excluding cottage cheese, was 1.19 billion pounds, in October, 0.8% above October of last year and 3.9% above September.
Italian-type cheese production was 1.4% above last October and 5.6% above September.
American-type cheese production totaled 474 million pounds, 0.3% below last October but 2.5% above September.
**The USDA announced updates to the Federal Crop Insurance Program that affirm the use of conservation practices as Good Farming Practices for crop insurance.
Recently, USDA’s Risk Management Agency updated the Good Farming Practices Handbook, as part of the agency’s efforts to support conservation and climate-smart activities while improving crop insurance.
RMA Administrator Marcia Bunger says this affirms producers can use conservation practices without impacting crop insurance.