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AG Today January 18, 2018

Environmental groups sue County over new dairy regulations Posted by: Reggie Ellis Posted date: January 17, 2018 In: Breaking News, News VISALIA — A coalition of three environmental groups sued Tulare County last week for approving new regulations for dairy farms and feedlots that they claim would worsen air quality and undercut California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. The lawsuit, filed on Jan. 11 by the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and the Association of Irritated Residents, calls into question the environmental impact report for an Animal Confinement Facilities Plan (ACFP) and the related General Plan Amendment, zoning change and Dairy Feedlot and Dairy Climate Action Plan (CAP) approved...

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Ag Today January 17, 2018

Illegal meetings in Delta tunnels case, opponents claim By Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer  Posted Jan 16, 2018 at 11:54 AMUpdated Jan 16, 2018 at 8:00 PM A state agency that is supposed to independently judge the merits of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed Delta tunnels has simultaneously been holding meetings illegally with project proponents, critics allege in a pair of motions filed this week. The State Water Resources Control Board on Thursday is scheduled to resume lengthy public hearings that could result in a permit that would allow the $17 billion project to move forward. Behind closed doors, however, board staff, as early as 2015, have been conferring with representatives of the state Department of Water Resources, the agency leading the tunnels...

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AG Today January 16, 2018

Brown administration working to scale down $17 billion Delta tunnels project Faced with a shortage of money and political support after seven years of work, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is working on a plan to scale back one of his key legacy projects — a $17 billion proposal to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to make it easier to move water from Northern California to the south. Instead of two tunnels, each 40 feet high and 35 miles long, Brown’s Department of Water Resources has been negotiating with major California water agencies in recent weeks on a...

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Ag Today January 12, 2018

Recycled water flowing to Del Puerto district ag customers Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:15 am A new source of irrigation water is finding its way to the West Side. Treated wastewater from the city of Modesto is flowing through a new pipeline and ultimately to the Del Puerto Water District, where it will be recycled for use by farmers who saw their supply of irrigation water evaporate during the depths of California’s drought years. The water is being delivered through the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program, which will deliver water to the Del Puerto district for irrigation use in fields and orchards. The first...

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Ag Today January 11, 2018

California is preparing to defend its waters from Trump order By Jane Kay / January 10, 2018, Reveal News In its first act to shield California from the Trump administration’s repeal of regulations, the state’s water board has prepared its own rulesprotecting wetlands and other waters. The proposed new rules, scheduled for a vote by the board this summer, could insulate the state from President Donald Trump’s executive order toroll back the reach of the Clean Water Act. That rollback would strip federal protection from seasonal streambeds, isolated pools and other transitory wetlands, exposing them to damage, pollution or destruction from housing developments, energy companies and farms. “When you...

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Ag Today January 10, 2017

Bay Area storms: Did all that rain make a difference? Drenching storms Monday and Tuesday smashed Northern California’s unusually dry December weather pattern, dumping nearly half a foot of rain on the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Marin hills in 48 hours — with twice that much in Big Sur — and bringing many Bay Area cities their wettest day in at least a year. “We’re back in a normal wintertime pattern right now. We’re full wintertime mode,” said Steve Anderson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Monterey. “It’s not looking as bleak as it was in December.” The forecast for...

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Ag Today January 9, 2017

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeks to ease farmers' anxiety about international trade Jordan Buie, The Tennessean Published 3:37 p.m. ET Jan. 8, 2018 | Updated 3:51 p.m. ET Jan. 8, 2018 NASHVILLE — The Trump administration's agriculture secretary sought to reassure farmers anxious Monday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. President Trump will produce the best deal for the U.S., Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told farmers gathered for the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual conference here. "I have great faith in President Trump's skills as a negotiator, and I am quite confident that he will strike a deal that works best for the United States," Perdue said...

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Ag Today January 8, 2018

Extreme hurricanes and wildfires made 2017 the most costly U.S. disaster year on record By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis January 8 at 5:32 PM Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters in the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. The disasters caused $306 billion in total damage in 2017, with 16 events that caused more than $1 billion in damage each. The bulk of the damage, at $265 billion, came from hurricanes. “2017 was a historic year for billion-dollar weather and climate disasters,” said Adam Smith, an economist...

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Ag Today January 5, 2018

FRAUD SUSPECT DESCRIBED AS ‘21ST CENTURY CATTLE RUSTLER’ Published On January 4, 2018 - 4:04 PM Written By David Castellon An Exeter man is facing up to 26 years in prison for what Tulare County’s sheriff described as “a 21st-century, modern cattle-rustling case. “It’s no longer the time when you can look at somebody’s cattle on the field” to buy and sell them, as these days such purchases often are done online and via cell phone, and Justin Tyler used this fact to scam his victims out of at least $1.5 million in money and cattle, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said in a press conference...

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Ag Today January 4, 2018

State lifts automatic death sentence for these mountain lions that prey on pets and livestock BY RYAN SABALOW AND PHILLIP REESE rsabalow@sacbee.comJANUARY 03, 2018 01:11 PM UPDATED JANUARY 04, 2018 08:11 AM Mountain lions living in genetically fragile populations in Southern California will no longer receive an automatic death sentence when they prey on pets and livestock. On Tuesday, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said it was changing its policy for issuing permits to livestock owners in those areas who are seeking to kill mountain lions. Until now, the permits have been automatically issued if the cat has attacked domestic animals. From now on, the...

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