Sacramento, California - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a new outreach campaign focused on preventing the spread of infectious poultry diseases in both commercial and backyard poultry.  Considering the devastating impact of the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in 2014-2015, as well as this year’s outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease in California, the timing is right for everyone in the poultry community to work together to protect the health of our nation’s flocks.

Sacramento, California - CDFA is accepting public comments on draft guidelines for new demonstration projects designed to achieve reductions of methane emissions from California dairy and livestock operations. The demonstration projects are two new components of CDFA’s existing dairy and livestock methane reduction incentive programs.

Monterey, California - The expanding use of technology by organic growers, regardless of the size of their operation, will be the topic of an educational session at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit. “Technology Is Not Just For Big Ag” will focus on making new technologies accessible for organic growers through a variety of business models aimed at making operations more efficient and sustainable.

Los Angeles, California - A Beverly Hills, California, resident pleaded guilty Monday to filing false tax returns which did not report his offshore accounts in Germany and Israel and did not report the income earned on those accounts, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Nicola T. Hanna of the Central District of California.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Wednesday announced that he has granted 38 pardons and 70 commutations.

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a bipartisan coalition of 32 Attorneys General, filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting states’ rights to regulate and address the rising cost of prescription drugs. In Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, the Attorneys General argue that in order to protect the well-being of consumers, States must regulate pharmacy benefit managers, also known as PBMs. PBMs act as gatekeepers between pharmacies, drug manufacturers, health insurance plans, and consumers for access to prescription drugs.