Electrical Issues for California Wine and EU Scraps Pesticide Cuts

Electrical Issues for California Wine and EU Scraps Pesticide Cuts

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**Farmers and vintners in San Joaquin County are expressing concerns over an electrical transmission project they say would bisect farm properties, restrict the ability to change crops and negatively affect property values in one of the state’s top wine regions.

Growers with farms in the path of the transmission system proposed by Pacific Gas & Electric, and Lodi Electric

Utility, raised their concerns last week during a virtual meeting.

**The head of the European Commission has announced plans to scrap a proposal cutting EU pesticide use in half, an apparent concession to farmers who’ve been protesting in many countries against several regulations.

www.agrimarketing.com reports, pesticide reduction is among many grievances farmers in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and elsewhere have been demonstrating against.

They argue reducing pesticide use will negatively impact their crops and put EU food production at risk.


**U.S. Chief Ag Negotiator, Doug McKalip expects the U.S. trade dispute with Mexico over genetically modified corn to be resolved by the end of the year.

www.agriculture.com reports Mexico published a presidential decree in 2020 banning GM corn, arguing it threatens the country's native corn varieties and could pose a threat to human health.

McKalip argues it’s about making sure nations adhere to their trade agreements and making science-based decisions.


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