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Ag Today Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 7, 2014

Water for Coachella Valley farms untouched by drought [Palm Springs Desert Sun] One of the most extreme droughts in California's history has been hitting agriculture hard, forcing cutbacks in water deliveries in parts of the Central Valley and leaving more than 400,000 acres of farmland fallow and dry...
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Ag Today Friday, October 3, 2014

October 7, 2014

Environmentalists divided over water projects [Associated Press] A proposal on the November ballot to borrow billions of dollars to build reservoirs and restore watersheds has divided California's environmental community over fears that it could open the way for salmon-killing dams or giveaways to corporate fruit and nut growers...
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Ag Today Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 7, 2014

October begins water year with prospect of tighter restrictions [Los Angeles Times] As the state ends the fourth-driest water year on record with no guarantee of significant rain and snowfall this winter, Californians face the prospect of stricter rationing and meager irrigation deliveries for agriculture...
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Ag Today Monday, September 29, 2014

October 7, 2014

California harvest much smaller than normal across crops [Sacramento B It’s harvest time in much of California, and the signs of drought are almost as abundant as the fruits and nuts and vegetables...
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Ag Today Friday, September 26, 2014

October 7, 2014

California regulators target popular ag pesticide for limits [Fresno Bee] State pesticide regulators are seeking to limit one of farming's most widely used BUG KILLERS over concerns that it poses a threat to the public and environment...
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Ag Today Wednesday, September 24, 2014

October 7, 2014

Poll: Strong support for state water bond -- and for local water bonds too [San Jose Mercury News] An epic drought and wave of wildfires have left California voters thirsty for the $7...
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Ag Today Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014

1,000 more California wildfires than usual in 2014, and fire season just started [Los Angeles Times] The traditional fire season has only just begun, and already in California firefighters have battled at least 1,000 more wildfires than in a typical year...
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Ag Today Friday, September 19, 2014

September 23, 2014

FDA tweaks food safety rules due next year [Associated Press] The government said Friday it will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that earlier proposals could hurt business...
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Ag Today Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 23, 2014

Sweeping new California groundwater pumping rules signed into law by Gov...
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Ag Today Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 23, 2014

High speed rail board considers farmland in Fresno County [Fresno Bee] More than 70 parcels of Fresno County farmland now under Williamson Act agricultural preservation contracts will be addressed Tuesday by the California High-Speed Rail Authority...
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Ag Today Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 23, 2014

California mandates sick days for workers [Associated Press] Gov...
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Ag Today Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September 23, 2014

Drilling through the drought: A look at well drilling activity in the Central Valley [Capital Public Radio] …After Capital Public Radio reported about local tensions over groundwater access this summer, we were curious who was drilling the most wells, and where...
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Ag Today Monday, September 8, 2014

September 9, 2014

Valley's summer without water: 'How can they let this happen?' [Fresno Bee] For residents and farmers alike, this is the cruelest summer in memory for the nation's most productive farm belt...
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Ag Today Thursday, September 4, 2014

September 9, 2014

Valley politicians promote water bond to voters [Fresno Bee] The California Latino Water Coalition gave thanks Wednesday to a wide array of individuals -- most notably a bipartisan group of state lawmakers -- for their roles in forging a $7...
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Ag Today Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 9, 2014

Landmark groundwater reform headed to Governor’s desk [KQED Radio – San Francisco] In a move that some believed may never happen in California, state legislators approved three bills that would — for the first time — regulate the state’s vast underground water resources…...
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