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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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Ag Today April 28, 2017

CENTRAL VALLEY FARMERS RELIEVED PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT ENDING NAFTA By Christina Fan Friday, April 28, 2017 12:46AM FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Central Valley growers are nervously watching their orchards hoping to avoid a trade war-- knowing their future all depends on how NAFTA negotiations end. President Donald Trump said, "I said, I will hold on the termination. Let's see if we can make it a fair deal." Since the beginning of last year's election President Trump has been vocal against NAFTA, blaming the agreement for destroying American jobs. On Thursday, the President backed out of withdrawing completely, deciding instead to work on a compromise with Mexico...

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Ag Today April 27, 2017

A ‘quick yes’ on Delta tunnels? Advocates concerned over new language Posted Apr 26, 2017 at 5:41 PMUpdated Apr 26, 2017 at 5:41 PM By Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer Proposed changes to a plan that is supposed to guide the Delta through the 21st century have advocates on red alert, as they worry that the new language locks in Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15 billion twin tunnels. The revised plan does not explicitly endorse the California Water Fix, as the tunnels proposal is formally known. It does, however, promote building one or more new intakes to pump water from the Delta, with a new underground conveyance system that would be operated in tandem with existing Delta channels. The twin tunnels...

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Ag Today April 26, 2017

State slams a California dairy with fines, but the owner won’t pay BY LEWIS GRISWOLD lgriswold@fresnobee.com State regulators have told a recalcitrant dairyman in Visalia to stop playing games with them over a required annual report about water quality or potentially be prosecuted for failing to cooperate. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board said it fined Sweeney Dairy of Visalia $75,600 for failing to file its 2015 annual report about the impacts of the dairy on water quality. The board upped the ante by also issuing a cease and desist order. If the dairy owner does not file the report, the board could refer the...

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Ag Today April 25, 2017

Fixing Oroville Dam will cost hundreds of millions. Who should pay the bill? BY JIM MILLER/jmiller@sacbee.com The damage has been done and the repair contract awarded. Yet more than two months after damaged spillways at the Oroville Dam prompted authorities to order the evacuation of 188,000 people, the question of who will ultimately pay the bill remains murky. How much will be the responsibility of homeowners, businesses, farmers and other customers of the more than two dozen local and regional agencies that contract with the State Water Project? The 700-mile network of canals, pipelines and lakes, including Lake Oroville, brings water mostly from...

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Ag Today April 24, 2017

Cattle ranchers welcome lush grasses   BY JOHN HOLLAND jholland@modbee.com Mother Nature has soaked the grasslands east and west of the San Joaquin Valley this year, to the delight of cattle ranchers who value this free feed. It’s a gorgeous sight for city folks who drive into the foothills. For the beef industry, it means millions of dollars in avoided costs. During much of the 2012-16 drought, ranchers had to supplement the grasses with purchased hay. They also might have sent cattle to market at less than ideal weight. “They’re smiling,” said Tom Orvis, a rancher north of Oakdale and governmental affairs director for the Stanislaus County...

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Ag Today April 21, 2017

Germ in raw milk, poultry now tops food poisoning list BY MIKE STOBBEAP Medical Writer NEW YORK The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list. The report counts cases in only 10 states for nine of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. WHAT'S MAKING US SICK? The most common bug last year was campylobacter (kam-pih-loh-BAK'-tur). It's mostly a problem in unpasteurized dairy products, but also is seen in contaminated...

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Ag Today April 20, 2017

The West Coast Salad Shortage Could Last Until May by Megan Durisin, Jeff Wilson,and Brian K Sullivan April 19, 2017, 3:36 PM PDT April 20, 2017, 5:02 AM PD California’s farmers have been plagued by drought in recent years but the problem in 2017 is too much rain. That has squeezed U.S. salad supplies and it may be a several more weeks before supermarket shelves are fully stocked again. Warmer-than-usual weather meant the winter growing season ended early in southern California and western Arizona. That was followed by heavy rain, pushing back planting in coastal regions of California, which is the largest U.S. fruit and vegetable...

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Ag Today, April 19, 2017

Expert performed autopsy on Oroville spillway collapse. Here’s what he found. BY RYAN SABALOW AND DALE KASLER rsabalow@sacbee.com As state officials clamp down on records at Oroville Dam, one of the country’s foremost experts on catastrophic engineering failures has used state inspection reports, photographs and historical design specifications to piece together an autopsy detailing why the spillway at the country’s tallest dam failed so spectacularly this winter. The independent analysis by Robert Bea, of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at UC Berkeley, points to design and construction flaws dating back to the spillway’s construction in the 1960s. Bea said the gaping crater that formed in...

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