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Ag Today May 16, 2017

After Massive Bee Kill, Beekeepers Want Answers From Fresno County  Julia Mitric Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | Sacramento, CA | The Beekeeper When Rafael Reynaga came to check on his bee colonies in a Fresno almond orchard, he found a carpet full of dead bees on the ground. Reynaga picked up a hive and found two inches of bees at the bottom. He says most were dead, but a few were still moving. Dead bees reek, Reynaga says, like a dead rat. He's been working with bees since the 1980s but he says he'd never experienced a bee kill firsthand until this February. He'd lent two hundred...

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Ag Today May 15, 2017

Trump reassures farmers immigration crackdown not aimed at their workers By Mica Rosenberg and Kristina Cooke | WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO President Donald Trump said he would seek to keep his tough immigration enforcement policies from harming the U.S. farm industry and its largely immigrant workforce, according to farmers and officials who met with him. At a roundtable on farm labor at the White House last month, Trump said he did not want to create labor problems for farmers and would look into improving a program that brings in temporary agricultural workers on legal visas. "He assured us we would have plenty of access to workers,"...

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Ag Today May 12, 2017

Farming advocates visit embattled property Wednesday By Julie Zeeb, Daily News POSTED: 05/11/17, 6:19 PM PDT | Red Bluff >> American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall visited Red Bluff Wednesday on his tour of California to visit the Paskenta Road property belonging to John Duarte, which has been involved in litigation with the Army Corps of Engineers since a visit in 2012. Duvall was accompanied by California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger, First Vice President Jamie Johansson, District Director Brandon Fawaz and Field Representative Ned Coe along with Tehama County Farm Bureau First Vice President Tyler Christensen and manager Kari Dodd, Butte County Farm Bureau President...

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Ag Today May 10, 2017

Growers, farmworkers say immigration raids scaring away labor By Carolyn Lochhead Updated 5:31 pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 WASHINGTON — Growers and farmworker unions said Tuesday that a federal immigration crackdown in rural towns is scaring away workers and forcing cutbacks in production of hand-harvested produce. The comments came as part of a push for a long-shot bill by California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris to revive Feinstein’s 2013 “blue-card” visa proposal that would provide legal status and a path to citizenship for farmworkers. “Wherever I go in California — I was just up in the wine industry — when I talk to dairy farmers, when I talk to...

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Ag Today May 9, 2017

Millennials Behind Latest California Wine Industry Boost May 8, 2017 11:29 PM By Kelly Ryan LODI (CBS13) — California wine growers and producers are enjoying a boost in wine sales and they say much of that is due to millennials. Wine producers and growers in Lodi say they aren’t surprised and welcome the increase for the billion-dollar business. Last year sales of California wines were up with sales of $34 billion. This growing trend, experts say, is due to a new generation of consumers who are buying more and drinking it up. “We farm over 110,000 acres of wine grapes and produce over 20 percent of California premium wines, says Stuart Spencer of...

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Ag Today May 8, 2017

The state of our dams By Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer From their homes, San Joaquin County residents cannot see the dozen-plus large dams that stand between them and a mammoth melting snowpack. But every day that the lowlands stay dry is a reminder that those dams exist and are doing their job, protecting hundreds of thousands of people and billions of dollars worth of crops and property. The near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam appears to have shaken the public’s confidence in dams. And not without cause. Most of California’s dams and weirs are at least 60 years old, infrastructure wears down over time, and future storms altered by climate change...

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Ag Today May 5, 2017

East Bay reservoir to store valley farm water in big test By DENIS CUFF | dcuff@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 4, 2017 at 10:36 am | UPDATED: May 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm CONCORD — The nation’s largest irrigation district will store water in the Los Vaqueros Reservoir in a test of how the lake can be used as drought insurance for millions of  Californians. The cooperative venture is between two past rivals over many Delta water issues: the Contra Costa Water District serving tap water to 500,000 people, and the Fresno-based Westlands Water District supplying irrigation water to an area with 614,700 acres on the western San Joaquin...

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Ag Today May 4, 2017

Rains end, but flooding dangers loom if massive Sierra snowpack melts too quickly Joseph SernaContact Reporter The rain has largely stopped after one of the wettest winters in California. But as spring temperatures begin to climb and snow in the Sierra Nevada melts, the threat of flooding has communities across the Central Valley on edge. The storms that set a rainfall record in Northern California have left a vast layer of mountain snowpack, which now sits at almost 200% of average for the first week of May. In some areas, the snow is 80 feet deep, according to state and NASA reports. Downstream, the rapid...

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Ag Today May 3, 2017

Award-winning dairy calls it quits May 3, 2017 Updated 7 hrs ago, Seth Nidever, The Sentinel HANFORD – Brian Medeiros sat in the office of his Hanford dairy Tuesday and let out a long sigh. On the desk was a pile of paperwork that had to be sorted through, the visual evidence of what it takes to wrap up the Medeiros and Son dairy after 27 years in the business. Looking out the window, he could see the barns and corrals looking neat and clean in the midday sun. It was eerily quiet. The bulk of the nearly 5,000 milk cows and heifers that had called the dairy...

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Ag Today, May 2, 2017

Warm California temperatures expected to accelerate snowmelt BY SCOTT SMITH AND RICH PEDRONCELLIAssociated Press PHILLIPS STATION, CALIF. Melting of this year's massive Sierra Nevada snowpack will cause California rivers to surge and possibly overflow their banks well into the summer this year, officials said Monday. Among the first to be affected will be the Merced River running through Yosemite National Park, which is expected to hit flood stage by mid-week with waters rising a foot above its banks, forecasters warned. Large amounts of water are being released from reservoirs downstream from the Sierra Nevada to lower their levels in anticipation of the heavier-than-normal melt off...

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