Livelihoods Ahead of Relationships

Livelihoods Ahead of Relationships

As the industry wrestles with the economic impact of dumping all romaine, some nagging questions keep coming up. The question is why, after 12 years, the regulatory side is still using a scorched earth approach and treating the industry with a “what we want you to know” instead of a “know what we know”. Emptying…

H2A Housing Ordinances

H2A Housing Ordinances

Within cities across the Central Coast, ordinances are popping up that limit, and even prevent housing options for H2A workers. Unfortunately, these cities are using their ordinances as a chance to blame temporary agriculture workers for a lack of solutions to the affordable housing crisis. Many growers have offered to build farmworker housing on their…

Where was Ag when the overtime statues were written?

Where is Ag’s Seat at The Table?

California agriculture has always had an overtime exemption that allowed overtime to start after ten hours in a day because of the seasonality of the work. Crops don’t grow Monday through Friday from 9-5pm. Entire growing seasons can be over in a matter of weeks or months. With the new minimum wage changes came new…

Critcal time for California's family farms

Erosion of the California Family Farm

California’s family farming industry is at a critical crossroads, perhaps one of the most significant in our history. Contentious and often-complex issues such as escalation of the state minimum wage, water storage, ever-increasing operating costs, and stifling regulations, all add up to obstacles that farmers in neighboring states do not have to contend with. In…

Resources

Mildew Task Force Mildew Meeting Notes May 16 2017.pdf Mildew Meeting Notes April 13 2017.pdf Mildew Meeting Notes Jan 12 2017.pdf Mildew Meeting Notes Nov 28 2016.pdf Mildew Meeting Notes Nov 18 2016.pdf Mildew Meeting Notes Nov 7 2016.pdf 2017 Oospore Focus Klosterman 101317.pdf 2017 Correll:Feng:Koike Organic Coop Meeting Oct 11 2017.pdf 2017 Mildew Cultural…

Meet the Board

Tony Alameda President Top Flavor Farms Gary Caraccioli Treasurer L & J Farms Dirk Giannini Secretary Christensen & Giannini Sam McKinsey Mission Ranches Steve Taylor Oceano Packing Rodney Braga Braga Ranch John Pattullo P&C Farms, LLC Pat Stafford Monterey Bay Farms Dennis Caprara RC Farms Alan Clark Merrill Farms Jerry Rava South County Packing Eric…

How We Are Funded

Dues are assessed annually each October based on estimated crop acres. Dues are calculated on a sliding scale based only on the total number of crop acres grown for the eight major leafy greens (iceberg, romaine, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, spring mix, kale, and green/red leaf). ​Conventional and organic crop acres are combined for dues assessment. In 2017 we represented over 150,000 crop acres in…

What We Provide

Our focus is providing information and a forum that members can use to assess input costs and market position relative to the industry and peers, with the objective to improve returns to the ranch. We operate within the boundaries of the Capper-Volstead Act, which allows farmers and their cooperatives to act together collectively to bring their products to market. In many cases the information…