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Ag Today June 30, 2017

How climate change could threaten the water supply for millions of Californians BY DALE KASLER AND RYAN SABALOW When it comes to California and climate change, the predictions are staggering: coastal airports besieged by floodwaters, entire beaches disappearing as sea levels rise. Another disturbing scenario is brewing inland, in the sleepy backwaters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It’s a threat to the Delta’s ecosystem that could swallow up a significant portion of California’s water supply. Scientists from government and academia say rising sea levels caused by climate change will bring more salt water into the Delta, the hub of California’s water-delivery network. As a result, millions...

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Ag Today June 29, 2017

Why farmers are anxious about NAFTA Uncertainty over trade is the last thing they need The Economist Jun 29th 2017| CHICAGO “I HAVE always told you that I will either renegotiate or terminate NAFTA,” said President Donald Trump at a recent rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He had been about to pull out of the North American Free-Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, he explained. But then he got a nice call from Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, and another from the president (“good guy”) of Mexico asking him to negotiate: “and I am always willing to negotiate.” Even so, Mr Trump insisted, NAFTA...

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Ag Today June 28, 2017

State’s rural roads among worst in nation By Staff Reports POSTED: 06/27/17, 7:00 PM PDT | UPDATED: 8 HRS AGO Washington >> America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and California’s rank as some of the worst in the nation according to a new report released this week by TRIP, a transportation research group. The report, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” evaluates the safety and condition of the nation’s rural roads and bridges and finds that the nation’s rural transportation system is in need of improvements to address deficient roads and bridges, high crash rates, and inadequate connectivity and capacity. According to...

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Ag Today June 27, 2017

Weed killer ingredient going on California list as cancerous BY SCOTT SMITHAssociated Press FRESNO, CALIF. Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer. Officials announced that starting July 7 the weed killer's main ingredient, glyphosate, will appear on a list California keeps of potentially cancerous chemicals. A year later, the listing could come with warning labels on the product, officials said. However, it's not certain whether Roundup will ultimately get a warning label. Monsanto, the chemical's maker, has filed an appeal...

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Ag Today June 26, 2017

California Heat Wave Hits Dairy Cows Hard June 24, 2017 12:03 AM By Jennifer McGraw LODI (CBS13) – The heat wave is impacting California dairy cows in a big way. “This has been brutal,” said Hank Van Exel, second generation farmer. He has 6,000 head of cattle on his Lodi Dairy farm and has been running misters and fans around the clock trying to keep them cool. “They’re still hurting; you see them all bunched up like this. Usually, they’re all laying down,” he said. Unfortunately, three have died this week. Others are showing a loss of appetite, and milk production has dropped 16 percent. “On Sunday we lost almost 4,000 gallons,” Van Exel...

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Ag Today June 23, 2017

California beehive heists lead to felony charge BY SCOTT SMITH Associated Press FRESNO, CALIF. Two California men have been charged with a string of felony counts stemming from a criminal case that created a buzz among beekeepers across the country, authorities said Thursday. The men charged with possessing more than 1,200 stolen beehives could each spend more than a decade in jail if convicted, the Fresno County District Attorney's Office said. The case stems from a tip in April that led investigators to Pavel Tveretinov, 51, and Vitaliy Yeroshenko, 48, at work among stacks of mismatched beehives on a field outside Fresno. Bees are a key part...

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Ag Today June 22, 2017

Cal/OSHA reminds employers to protect workers during heat wave For the Register, Jun 21, 2017 During the heat wave across the state, Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to protect their outdoor workers from heat illness, especially those not accustomed to working in high heat conditions. Employers need to ensure workers are drinking plenty of water and taking breaks in the shade as temperatures rise across many regions of California, said a Cal/OSHA news release. The National Weather Service is forecasting unusually high temperatures throughout the state. In Napa, the temperature was expected to hit 98 degrees on Wednesday, then peak at 101 degrees on...

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Ag Today June 21, 2017

Delta Caucus objects to Brown’s ‘WaterFix Project’ By Digital First News Group POSTED: 06/21/17, 4:24 AM PDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO Gov. Jerry Brown’s push to expedite planning and construction of the twin tunnels project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta violates key parts of the Delta Reform Act of 2009 and has the state Department of Water Resources abdicating its responsibilities by turning over management of the project to water agencies, the Legislative Delta Caucus charged Tuesday in a letter to the governor. “The governor’s proposed WaterFix Project is a boondoggle, plain and simple,” said Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano, who co-chairs the Caucus with State...

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Ag Today June 20, 2017

Agriculture a key player in north state economy, study shows By Steve Schoonover, Chico Enterprise-Record POSTED: 06/19/17, 4:08 PM PDT | UPDATED: 10 HRS AGO Chico >> A new study confirms that agriculture is a much bigger player in the economy of northeastern California than of the state as a whole. The study by Chico State University agriculture Professor Eric Houk found that 18.9 percent of the jobs in Chico State’s 13-county service area were ag-related, compared with 7.6 percent statewide. About 18 cents of every dollar of economic value created in the area comes from ag, compared to 6.7 cents statewide. The 13 counties stretch from Yuba, Sutter and...

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Ag Today June 19, 2017

He wanted Trump’s EPA chief to testify for him. Here’s what the judge said BY DALE KASLER dkasler@sacbee.com California farmer John Duarte, fighting a multimilllion-dollar fine in a closely watched environmental case, lost his bid Friday to have the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency testify in Sacramento on his behalf. U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller, ruling in a pretrial hearing, said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt won’t be called as a witness. Pruitt “has no particular knowledge of this case, no relevant knowledge,” she said. The judge did say she might reconsider her decision during the trial, which is set to begin in mid-August. The...

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