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Ag Today July 13, 2018

The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water BY DALE KASLER AND PHILLIP REESE, The Sacramento Bee July 13, 2018 03:55 AM TERRA BELLA Completed during Harry Truman’s presidency, the Friant-Kern Canal has been a workhorse in California’s elaborate man-made water-delivery network. It’s a low-tech concrete marvel that operates purely on gravity, capable of efficiently piping billions of gallons of water to cities and farms on a 152-mile journey along the east side of the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Until now. The Friant-Kern has been crippled by a phenomenon known as subsidence. The canal is sinking as the Valley floor beneath...

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Ag Today July 12, 2018

Water Officials Call for More Water to Restore Salmon Migration Brian German, Ag Net West The State Water Resources Control Board released a plan to help restore salmon migration by increasing the amount of water flowing through the Lower San Joaquin River and Southern Delta. That water would come at the expense of agricultural producers who depend on those tributaries to irrigate crops. Salmon Migration“We’re really talking about pulling water out of the hands of longtime users in pursuit of fishery goals that, you know, may be questionable,” said Chris Scheuring, an environmental attorney with the California Farm Bureau Federation. “Agriculture and urban...

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Ag Today July 11, 2018

State water plan could cut into Central Valley farm production by Emma Goss, Eyewitness NewsTuesday, July 10th 2018 BAKERSFIELD, Calif (KBAK/KBFX) - The plan to save a declining salmon population in Northern California comes with a cost to Central Valley farmers. After nine years of research, the California State Water Control Board is finalizing a plan to help bring the salmon population back, after sharply declining by 90 percent in recent years. "The conditions are very degraded," said Erin Foresman, supervisory senior environmental scientist for the State Water Board. Dams and other changes to their habitat have removed many areas of water where salmon go...

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Ag Today July 10, 2018

California Almond Farmers Brace for China Tariffs POSTED 7:21 PM, JULY 9, 2018, BY KAY RECEDE, Fox 40 STANISLAUS COUNTY -- Almond farmers have faced freezing temperatures, drought and other uncertainty over the years. Yet, despite the setbacks, according to the Department of Agriculture, the late July harvest is expected to be record-breaking. But challenges lie ahead. "Every farmer’s going to feel it. To the extent, a little bit yet to be determined," said almond farmer Jake Wenger. The ongoing trade war with China and the president’s threat to raise tariffs with the country could mean potential hardships on farmers. "I don’t know that the impacts will be great...

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Ag Today July 9, 2018

California dairy farmers, part of Trump's base, stand to get creamed by his trade war BY STUART LEAVENWORTH, McClatchy DC Bureau July 06, 2018 03:22 PM WASHINGTON They voted for Donald Trump after he promised to protect American agriculture and reduce regulations. But many U.S. dairy farmers are now stinging from the trade war he's launched, particularly those in California's Central Valley, who have built their livelihoods on exports to Mexico, China and other markets. President Trump's tariffs on Canada, Mexico and China have prompted retaliatory actions, making it harder for U.S. farmers to export their products, depressing prices and adding to a glut of...

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Ag Today July 5, 2018

In Tariff Fight With Trump, China Scraps Plan to Strike First By Lingling Wei Updated July 5, 2018 10:32 a.m. ET The Wall Street Journal BEIJING—As the U.S. and China gear up to slap each other with tariffs Friday, Beijing’s leadership faced the thorny question of whether to strike first, or let Washington take the lead. In response to the Trump administration’s plan to impose tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese products starting 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Friday, China pledged to retaliate with levies of the same value at the same time.  But since Beijing is 12 time zones ahead of Washington, that meant China planned to put...

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Ag Today July 3, 2018

China says "fully prepared" if trade war kicks off this week BY GERRY SHIH Associated Press July 03, 2018 05:14 AM BEIJING China said Tuesday it's "fully prepared" for a trade war with the United States as hopes dwindle for a breakthrough in tensions this week between the world's two biggest economies. Washington is due to start charging tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports as of Friday while Beijing has pledged to retaliate with equal tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. goods. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that China is "fully prepared to take a package of necessary measures" to safeguard its national interests. U.S....

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Ag Today July 2, 2018

Canada pushes back and slaps tariffs on U.S. goods from ketchup to pizza By ASSOCIATED PRESS JUL 01, 2018 | 3:10 PM | OTTAWA Canada began imposing tariffs Sunday on $12.6 billion in U.S. goods as retaliation for the Trump administration's new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the United States. Some U.S. products, mostly steel and iron, face 25% tariffs, the same penalty the United States slapped on imported steel at the end of May. Other U.S. imports, from ketchup to pizza to dishwasher detergent, will face a 10% tariff at the Canadian border, the same as America's tax on imported aluminum. Trump had...

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Ag Today June 29, 2018

Senate passes farm bill, setting up clash on food stamps By Juliet Linderman, Associated Press and Democrat staff POSTED: 06/29/18, 7:55 AM PDT WASHINGTON >> The Senate has passed a bill that makes modest modifications to existing farm programs while largely avoiding changes to food stamps, setting up a showdown with the House. The bill passed 86-11. The legislation renews farm programs such as crop insurance and land conservation. Farm programs are set to expire Sept. 30 unless Congress acts. Work on the legislation comes at a time when farmers are facing low prices and a potential trade war that could depress commodities prices further. “We are...

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Ag Today June 28, 2018

The Energy 202: Kennedy's retirement could bring a seismic shift to environmental law By Dino Grandoni June 28 at 9:03 AM The Washington Post Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's announcement that he will soon step down from the Supreme Court sent shock waves through Washington on Wednesday. Should President Trump and Senate Republicans succeed in replacing the swing-vote jurist with a stalwart conservative, the ideological shift could bring seismic changes to federal environmental policy. As with so many other issues, Kennedy served as a swing vote in key cases on water pollution and climate change during his three-decade tenure. His imminent departure immediately put some environmental...

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