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Ag Today Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 24, 2014

Property taxes could pay for $25 billion Delta tunnels without public vote [San Jose Mercury News] Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes -- and possibly raising them without a vote of the public -- to help fund Gov...
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Ag Today Monday, July 21, 2014

July 24, 2014

California drought: High-bidding farmers battle in water auctions [San Jose Mercury News] One of the worst droughts in state history is pushing water prices to record levels -- fraying nerves, eroding bank accounts and stress-testing the state's "water market," an informal and largely hidden network of buyers and sellers...
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Ag Today Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 24, 2014

Sacramento judge makes precedent-setting ruling on groundwater [Capital Public Radio, Sacramento] A Sacramento Superior Court judge issued a ruling Tuesday requiring regulation of groundwater pumping to protect a river in Siskiyou County...
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Ag Today Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 24, 2014

UC details drought's fiscal impact on state [Stockton Record] University of California researchers now expect California's drought to cost the state's agricultural industry $2...
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Ag Today Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 16, 2014

Judge approves water transfers [Stockton Record] A federal judge has cleared the way for water transfers from Northern California to the thirsty south San Joaquin Valley, overruling environmentalists who argued the transfers would harm threatened fish...
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Ag Today Monday, July 14, 2014

July 16, 2014

Unusual water deals struck in drought-stricken Central Valley ag country [Fresno Bee] In drought-scarred farm country, coffee shop talk turns obsessively to water and its cost — which several months ago hit a shocking $1,000 per acre-foot and then climbed to more than $2,000...
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Ag Today Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 16, 2014

Business leaders speak out for immigration reform [Bakersfield Californian] A coalition of medical and business organizations, including Dignity Health locally, joined a chorus of calls for immigration reform Wednesday even as various proposals in Congress appear to be dead…...
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Ag Today Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 16, 2014

As farm interests line up against water regs, EPA officials begin the hard sell [McClatchy News Service] The Environmental Protection Agency, admitting that “we haven’t had the best relationship with the agriculture industry in the past,” is beginning a push for a proposed new water rule that has generated strong opposition from farm communities…...
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Ag Today Monday, July 7, 2014

July 16, 2014

As drought persists, frustration mounts over secrecy of California’s well drilling logs [Sacramento Bee] …But while all other Western states make such records – known as well completion reports, or well logs, for short – open to the public, California does not...
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Ag Today Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July 16, 2014

Cutting off access [Stockton Record] The skirmish over a scarce amount of water intensified Tuesday as state water regulators considered emergency rules that would allow them to cut off Central Valley farmers without the usual formal process...
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Ag Today Tuesday, July 1 , 2014

July 16, 2014

Obama says he’ll order action to aid immigrants [New York Times] President Obama said Monday he would use his executive power to make potentially sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration system without Congress, acknowledging the death of his more than yearlong effort to enact compromise legislation granting legal status to 11 million immigrants here illegally...
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Ag Today Monday, June 30, 2014

July 16, 2014

High court won’t hear oyster farm’s appeal of shutdown order [KQED – San Francisco] The U...
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Ag Today Friday, June 27, 2014

July 16, 2014

State Supreme Court to rule in Delta property-rights case [Sacramento Bee] The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide an epic battle over whether the state must condemn and acquire parcels on tens of thousands of acres of private property to conduct preliminary testing for Gov...
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Ag Today Thursday, June 26, 2014

July 16, 2014

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Ag Today Monday, June 23, 2014

June 25, 2014

Editorial: What does drought-stricken California need? A water bond...
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Ag Today Thursday, June 19, 2014

June 25, 2014

California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter to retire [San Jose Mercury News] California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter, a staunch conservative influence on the law for more than two decades, will retire at the end of the year, giving Gov...
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Ag Today Monday, June 16, 2014

June 25, 2014

Water center at Fresno State cultivates new technology [Fresno Bee] The path to turning the San Joaquin Valley into a hub for agricultural-based technology may begin at the front door of the Water, Energy and Technology Center at Fresno State...
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