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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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Ag Today March 20, 2018

10 Years Later, California Still Reviewing Pesticide That Kills Bees Monday, March 19, 2018 By Erik Anderson, KPBS Warren Treisman was fascinated by the bees he kept in a backyard beehive of his Del Cerro home. The hive rested against a fence on the west side of his backyard, behind a Jacuzzi. Intrigued by his sister’s attempts to keep a hive in a much colder climate back east, Treisman set up his own colony and began harvesting honey. ”Usually, you just watch them and see that the activity is normal and everything’s OK,” Treisman said. He grew accustomed to the activity the hive brought to...

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Ag Today, March 19, 2018

Harvard’s Nutty Idea: Cracking Into the Almond Market Large investors head Down Under to invest in established orchards and plant new trees By Lucy Craymer- The Wall Street Journal Updated March 18, 2018 10:17 p.m. ET In the Australian state of New South Wales, Harvard University is developing around 1,480 acres of former potato fields and other farmland, building a new dam and planting trees that will take about three years to bear their first edible crops. It is part of a growing bet on almonds by the college’s endowment, which is adding to around 1,235 acres of almond plantations it already owns near a...

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Ag Today, March 16, 2018

Why your water provider is fighting California's ban on watering sidewalks BY DALE KASLER AND RYAN SABALOW-The Sacramento Bee March 15, 2018 12:46 PM Updated March 16, 2018 06:14 AM It seemed like the sort of thing any drought-wary Californian could support. The state's water cops were poised last month to pass a set of rules prohibiting what most everyone agrees are wasteful water uses –like letting water from a hose without a nozzle flow into a storm drain. But no change in California water policy ever comes easily. The State Water Resources Control Board's proposal to impose permanent conservation rules – such as prohibiting hosing...

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Ag Today, March 15, 2018

California doesn't want this towering water project. Trump administration may build it anyway Los Angeles Times By EVAN HALPER and SARAH D. WIRE - MAR 15, 2018 | 3:00 AM| WASHINGTON The Trump administration is pushing forward with a colossal public works project in Northern California — heightening the towering Shasta Dam the equivalent of nearly two stories. The problem is that California is dead-set against the plan, and state law prohibits the 602-foot New Deal-era structure from getting any taller. But in these times of unprecedented tension between Washington and California, the state's objection to this $1.3-billion project near the Sacramento River is hardly...

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Ag Today March 14, 2018

Rains pound Northern California, but no ‘March miracle’ likely BY DALE KASLER AND BENJY EGEL March 13, 2018 09:45 AM - Updated March 13, 2018 05:02 PM Pounding rains, heavy snow: It's shaping up as another wintry week in Northern California. A significant storm poured into the region Tuesday, the first stage of an extended wet period that's expected to continue through Friday and possibly into the weekend. "It's a pretty good, wet five or six days or so," said Mike Kochasic of the National Weather Service in Sacramento. After brief overnight drizzles, the rains started falling in earnest early Tuesday. Temperatures were warm at first, and motorists heading...

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Ag Today March 13, 2018

Last California drought one of the worst since Columbus landed in the New World BY DALE KASLER- The Sacramento Bee - March 12, 2018 04:12 PM Just how bad was California's last drought? For most of Southern California, it was either the worst or second worst since the century Columbus landed in the New World, the Ottoman empire was started and Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. In other words, it was one of the worst since the 1400s, according to a study released Monday by the California Department of Water Resources. Compiled by examining trees in the southern half of the state,...

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Ag Today March 12, 2018

Valley farmers could suffer in trade war over tariffs BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ - March 09, 2018 04:22 PM San Joaquin Valley farmers could end up being the big losers if a trade war breaks out over President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Under the president's plan, a 25 percent tariff would be imposed on steel and 15 percent on aluminum. But agriculture industry leaders know from past experience that retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products may be coming. And California agriculture could be sitting in the crosshairs. California's farm exports totaled $20.59 billion in 2015, with almonds the top exported product at $5.14...

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Ag Today March 9, 2018

These Chinook almost went extinct during California’s drought. Can this $100 million plan save them? BY RYAN SABALOW rsabalow@sacbee.com March 08, 2018 03:08 PM Updated March 08, 2018 05:32 PM During the worst of California’s five-year drought, thousands of eggs and newly spawned salmon baked to death along a short stretch of the Sacramento River below Shasta Dam. The winter-run Chinook, already hanging by a thread, nearly went extinct. Hoping to avoid a repeat of that dire scenario, fisheries officials announced Thursday the launch of a plan — nearly 20 years and $100 million in the making — they say would expand the spawning range of...

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