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Ag Today April 5, 2018

Feud between China and Trump leaves farmers worried Danielle A Martin, damartin@visaliatimesdelta.com Published 1:04 p.m. PT April 4, 2018 | Updated 1:10 p.m. PT April 4, 2018 A feud between China and President Donald Trump places local farmers in the line of fire. China rolled out new tariffs on ag commodities and other products in retaliation against President Donald Trump's approval of taxes on imported steel and aluminum. The new tariffs on American exports could hurt Americans nationwide, and will hit close to home, farmers said. Among commodities impacted the most are Tulare County's top producing crops including almonds, walnuts, grapes and citrus. According to...

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Ag Today, April 4, 2018

California Today: Caught in the Cross Hairs, Farmers Brace for a Trade War California Today By JOSE A. DEL REAL APRIL 4, 2018 Farmers across California’s agriculture industry are worried over the escalating trade conflict between the United States and China, with steep new tariffs specifically targeting some of the state’s most lucrative exports. The Chinese finance ministry announced over the weekend that it would impose tariffs on more than 100 American products, including many of California’s staples like wine and pistachios, in retaliation against tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum by President Trump. “We have heard a lot of concerns from our wine grape...

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Ag Today, April 3, 2018

Valley fruit, nut farmers fear fallout from Chinese tariffs on agriculture products BY TIM SHEEHAN, The Fresno Bee April 02, 2018 03:49 PM Updated April 02, 2018 03:49 PM Central San Joaquin Valley farmers are hoping negotiations between the U.S. and China can head off the potential economic effects of new tariffs imposed by China on a wide range of agricultural products imported from California. The import duties that took effect Monday are the latest salvo in an escalating trade dispute between the Trump administration and the Chinese government. China said it was responding to a U.S. increase in tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Some...

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Ag Today April 2, 2018

USDA AGREES TO TAKE OVER CALIFORNIA MILK PRICING Published On March 30, 2018 - 1:08 PM Written By David Castellon, The Business Journal After years of trying to get California’s milk-price structure changed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to let the dairies in the state be part of the federal system. The USDA published today in the Federal Register its final decision to establish a Federal Milk Marketing Order for California. That decision is part of a 12-step process to get California on the federal pricing order. “This is the 11th step,” said Lynne McBride, executive director of the California Dairy Campaign, a Turlock-based...

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Ag Today March 29, 2018

California fights wildfires aggressively—but prevention takes a back seat By Julie Cart | March 28, 2018 CALMatters Dave Kinateder has a keen eye for trees. But when Kinateder, a fire ecologist in the Plumas National Forest, surveys a hillside lush with pines, he doesn’t see abundance or the glory of nature’s bounty. He sees a disaster-in-waiting. “It’s a ticking time bomb,” he said, gazing across the dense, green carpet of trees near Quincy, a small community high in the northern Sierra Nevada. Last year’s wildfires, the worst in modern California history, have put a microscope on the forests that cover a third of the state–in particular,...

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Ag Today March 28, 2018

If China Strikes Back On Tariffs, California Tree Nut Exports Could Take A Hit Julia Mitric Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | Sacramento, CA |Capital Public Radio California agriculture could find itself caught in the middle of the U.S. — China trade dispute. After President Trump ordered a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum last week, China hit back, announcing it may impose a 15 percent tariff on agricultural exports from the U.S. The U.S. faces competitors for every agricultural product it exports. California wines, for example, compete with wines from New Zealand and Chile. If China hits...

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Ag Today March 27, 2018

Feds eye scaling back antiparasite Klamath dam releases By Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard n an attempt to meet the needs of Klamath Basin irrigators and endangered fish species in the basin in a time of drought, a federal agency is proposing to reduce the amount of dam water releases to the Klamath River that are meant to protect threatened Coho salmon from deadly parasite outbreaks like those that occurred in 2014 and 2015. The Hoopa Valley Tribe says the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s prioritizes farmers over fish and goes against a federal court order that they, the Yurok Tribe and environmental groups secured...

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Ag Today March 26, 2018

Powerful storm brought much-needed rain to California BY JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press March 23, 2018 02:44 PM Updated March 23, 2018 02:45 PM LOS ANGELES The storm that drenched California this week brought much-needed rain to the state, which has been slipping back into drought conditions due to a dry winter that only turned wet and snowy this month. Preliminary storm data Friday showed some stunning totals for the three-day storm, including more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain at some locations in the Sierra Nevada and on the central coast, and 31 inches (79 centimeters) of snow at Tuolumne Meadows in the Sierra. In coastal Santa...

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Ag Today March 23, 2018

China responds to Trump tariffs with proposed list of 128 US products to target Nyshka Chandran | @nyshkacThe world's second-largest economy has responded to President Donald Trump's controversial trade tariffs. China's commerce ministry proposed a list of 128 U.S. products as potential retaliation targets, according to a statement on its website posted Friday morning. The U.S. goods, which had an import value of $3 billion in 2017, include wine, fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts, steel pipes, modified ethanol, and ginseng, the ministry said. Those products could see a 15 percent duty, while a 25 percent tariff could be imposed on U.S. pork...

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Ag Today March 22, 2018

Spending bill includes major wildfire overhaul The spending bill Congress is considering includes a major, bipartisan effort to overhaul how the U.S. government spends money to fight wildfires on federal land. The provision in the omnibus appropriations bill, released publicly late Wednesday, is meant to cut down on a practice known as "fire borrowing" in which agencies like the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management move money meant to reduce fire risks and use it to fight fires. It also would allow federal agencies to access disaster funds for particularly expensive fires. A bipartisan group of lawmakers has for years been pushing the...

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