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Ag Today Monday, April 21, 2014

April 23, 2014

Water allocations bumped up [Marysville Appeal-Democrat] …Earlier this year, Sacramento River settlement contractors and refuges on the federal Central Valley Project were scheduled to receive 40 percent of their contracted supply, but the late-season rains rescued the state from what could have been the worst drought in its history and allocations were bumped to 75 percent...
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Ag Today Friday, April 18, 2014

April 23, 2014

Drought at forefront during Modesto hearing on water bond [Modesto Bee] They gathered to talk about addressing California’s future water needs...
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Ag Today Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 23, 2014

Poll: 88 percent of Californians say there is 'a serious water shortage' in the state [San Jose Mercury News] Nearly nine out of 10 Californians say the state is suffering from a “serious water shortage,” according to a new poll that confirms widespread concern over the lack of rain, diminished Sierra snowpack and low reservoir levels after three years of drought...
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Ag Today Monday, April 14, 2014

April 23, 2014

California drought spawns well drilling boom [Associated Press] The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands...
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Ag Today Friday, April 11, 2014

April 23, 2014

Feinstein tweaks drought bill to improve prospects [Associated Press] Sen...
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Ag Today Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 23, 2014

Beef prices hit all-time high in U...
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Ag Today Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

April 23, 2014

Cold, then dry: Dealing California citrus farmers a double punch [KQED Radio, San Francisco] These are magic weeks in the groves of the Central Valley citrus belt, a time when orchards are buzzing with honeybees and redolent with the heady, sweet smell of orange blossoms...
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Ag Today Friday, April 4, 2014

April 23, 2014

California is poised to take over groundwater management if locals don't step up [Chico Enterprise-Record] Message to local water managers: pick up the pace on handling groundwater management, or expect the state to do it for you...
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Ag Today Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April 4, 2014

California water managers ease delta pumping limits [Los Angeles Times] Officials announced Tuesday that they are temporarily waiving an endangered species protection to enable water managers to send more Northern California water south...
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Ag Today Monday, March 31, 2014

April 4, 2014

California Drought: After years of overpumping groundwater, state may be ready for reforms [San Jose Mercury News] …Over the past six months, farmers, environmentalists and urban water districts have been holding workshops, hearings and private meetings in Sacramento to discuss how to preserve the state's depleted groundwater...
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Ag Today Thursday, March 27, 2014

April 4, 2014

Poll: Water bond gaining, drought concerns grow [San Diego Union-Tribune] Voters are far more likely to approve a water bond on the November ballot if lawmakers shrink its size, according to a new survey that also found nine out of every 10 Californians say they have taken steps to conserve as the drought drags on...
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Ag Today Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April 4, 2014

Court reverses ag labor ruling [Salinas Californian] A lawsuit filed against the United Farm Workers by Salinas producer D’Arrigo Bros...
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Ag Today Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

Groundwater overdraft issue looms large [Hanford Sentinel] 800-pound gorilla in the Kings County water debate is back — what to do about the groundwater overdraft problem that is depleting underground aquifers with no end in sight...
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Ag Today Monday, March 24, 2014

March 25, 2014

California drought puts spotlight on water theft [Sacramento Bee] It’s amazingly easy to steal water from a California stream...
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Ag Today Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 25, 2014

Few farmers immune to impact of epic California drought [Sacramento Bee] When spring arrives, the Central Valley farm fields owned by Harris Ranch normally come to life with tomatoes, lettuce and watermelons...
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Ag Today Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March 25, 2014

Valley farms may get some drought relief [Stockton Record] With February's storms a distant memory, officials on Tuesday announced steps to bypass water quality standards in the Delta while perhaps making water available to San Joaquin Valley farmers...
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