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Ag Today March 5, 2018

Trade war could spark food fight, California growers fear By GEOFFREY MOHAN MAR 02, 2018 | 11:25 AM Steel and aluminum may be the intended quarry of a trade war that President Trump has said would be "good" for the U.S. economy, but the casualties of the conflict could be food, agricultural economists warn. China, the European Union, Mexico, Canada and other trading partners have sent strong signals that they may retaliate if Trump succeeds in imposing stiff tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. Each of those trading partners is a major buyer of U.S. agricultural goods, which amass a surplus of about $21...

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Ag Today March 2, 2018

From Almonds To Rice, Climate Change Could Slash California Crop Yields By 2050 March 2, 201810:54 AM ET EZRA DAVID ROMERO, Valley Public Radio Climate change could decrease the yield of some crops in California by up to 40 percent by 2050. That's a big deal for farmers in the state, which provides about two-thirds of the nation's produce. California farmers grow more than 400 commodity crops. Tapan Pathak, a University of California Cooperative Extension specialist based in California's Central Valley, and his research team analyzed 89 studies on climate change and discovered that warming temperatures may alter where crops grow across the state....

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Ag Today March 1, 2018

Sacramento County alleges secret meetings over Delta tunnels, files lawsuit BY DALE KASLER, The Sacramento Bee February 28, 2018 12:24 PM-Updated February 28, 2018 04:34 PM Sacramento County is leading a lawsuit accusing state officials of holding illegal secret meetings about the controversial Delta tunnels project. The county, joined by the city of Stockton, several Delta water agencies and a group of environmental organizations, sued the State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday. The suit claims officials with the state water board met privately and illegally as far back as 2015 with representatives of the California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of...

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Ag Today February 28, 2018

Southern California water agency could vote soon on whether to bankroll Delta tunnels BY RYAN SABALOW, The Sacramento Bee, February 27, 2018 01:58 PM Updated February 27, 2018 02:52 PM Facing pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown, Southern California’s largest water agency could vote as soon as April on whether to take a majority stake in the twin-tunnels project Brown plans for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The fast-track timeline was disclosed Tuesday at a committee of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which heard a report from staff members about the benefits, risks and financing possibilities of the agency agreeing to pay the majority...

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Ag Today February 27, 2018

Judge: Monsanto Not Required to Place Warning Labels on Products Nick Cahill- February 26, 2018, Court House News Service SACRAMENTO (CN) – A federal judge on Monday halted California’s plan to require Monsanto to place warning labels on its Roundup products, saying scientists haven’t shown a clear connection between glyphosate and cancer. U.S. District Judge William Shubb sided with the St. Louis-based chemical giant in its First Amendment lawsuit, ruling that warning labels, which would have been required as of July, could confuse and mislead customers. “The required warning for glyphosate does not appear to be factually accurate and uncontroversial because it conveys the...

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Ag Today February 26, 2018

US lands agency makeover would diminish Washington's power By MATTHEW BROWN AND DAN ELLIOTT, ASSOCIATED PRESS BILLINGS, Mont. — Feb 23, 2018, 8:41 PM ET U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke disclosed Friday in an Associated Press interview that he's revamping a sweeping overhaul of his department that's supposed to speed up permitting for development on public lands, but Democrats asserted it was just a ploy to let the energy industry get its way. The changes follow complaints from a bipartisan group of Western state governors that Zinke did not consult them before unveiling a plan last month to decentralize the Interior Department. The agency...

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Ag Today February 23, 2018

Deadline is Friday to appeal state’s assessment of Proposition 1 water storage proposals By Steve Schoonover, Chico Enterprise-Record POSTED: 02/22/18, 6:03 PM PST | UPDATED: 8 HRS AGO Friday is the deadline for agencies seeking water storage money from the Proposition 1 bond measure to respond to the critiques of their proposals by the California Water Commission staff. It’s the third leg of the back-and-forth between the applicants and the state. The applicants first provided their estimates of the public benefits of their projects, and the Water Commission staff responded with its estimates of those benefits, which were much lower. At stake is $2.7 billion...

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Ag Today February 22, 2018

Local farm bureau supports state bureau, speaks against proposed immigration reform By: Melissa Hartman POSTED: FEB 21 2018 04:12PM PST Local farm bureaus like Monterey County Farm Bureau are standing in solidarity with the California Farm Bureau Federation's statements issued today against the proposed immigration act that stands before Congress. The federation stated that they do not support a part of the House Resolution 4760, also known as the Securing America's Future Act, that addresses agricultural employees. The Agricultural Guestworker Act, or AG Act, would create a new agricultural visa program, according to federation President Jamie Johansson. In the current draft, the AG Act would mandate...

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Ag Today February 20, 2018

Freezing temperatures had farmers on edge as many try to protect crops BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ brodriguez@fresnobee.com -February 20, 2018 12:09 PM Updated February 20, 2018 03:00 PM An early-morning freeze put area farmers on full alert Tuesday, but the damage – if any – may not show up for days or even weeks. Citrus growers, whose crops are among the most susceptible to subfreezing temperatures, saw the thermostat drop to the low 20s for up to five hours in the coldest areas of the central San Joaquin Valley. Many deployed frost-protection measures including wind machines and irrigation water to try to prevent any damage. Citrus industry...

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Ag Today February 16, 2018

ICE targeted at least three more Valley farms with employee audits, nonprofit says BY RORY APPLETON, The Fresno Bee rappleton@fresnobee.com February 15, 2018 03:31 PM Updated February 18, 2018 10:46 AM Just as the agricultural world was convening in Tulare for the World Ag Expo this week, concern and fear continued to spread across central San Joaquin Valley farmers and thousands of farm workers after three more farms were hit by employee audits ordered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Pitman Family Farms, Poindexter Nut Company and Fresh Select LLC have each been notified by ICE that their employee records will soon be audited, Faith...

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