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Ag Today February 13, 2017

As California Drought Eases, Farmers Fret Over Regulations, Outside Investors While nearly 40% of California emerges from the drought, generational farmers in the state are still concerned that regulatory changes will lead them to sell to investor groups. Lindsay Rittenhouse/ The Street Feb 13, 2017 11:28 AM EST New Challenges for Farmers Arise as California Emerges from a Historic Drought For Paul Wenger, whose family has been growing almonds and walnuts in California's Central Valley for three generations, his state's historic drought may be ending just as pressures from regulators and incursions from private equity and pension funds make it harder to wring a profit from his 400-acre farm. As of...

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Ag Today February 10, 2017

How Trump could trigger a bust in the American West By Ana Swanson February 10 at 11:14 AM   Nearly two years ago, Brian Levin found himself in Japan, covered head-to-toe in beef and posing for a photograph with John F. Kennedy’s daughter. It was all part of a plan to get his product, a high-end beef jerky, into the Japanese market. Wearing a Velcro suit that allowed people to rip packages of beef jerky off it, Levin, the chief executive of a brand called Perky Jerky, appeared beside Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, at a trade show promoting U.S. food. It was a big opportunity for...

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Ag Today February 9, 2017

California Farmers Backed Trump, but Now Fear Losing Field Workers By CAITLIN DICKERSON and JENNIFER MEDINAFEB. 9, 2017 Workers rifle through muddy leaves to find purple heads of radicchio. California farmers could lose workers, many of whom are unauthorized, if President Trump’s immigration promises come to pass. CreditMax Whittaker for The New York Times MERCED, Calif. — Jeff Marchini and others in the Central Valley here bet their farms on the election of Donald J. Trump. His message of reducing regulations and taxes appealed to this Republican stronghold, one of Mr. Trump’s strongest bases of support in the state. As for his promises about cracking down on illegal...

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Ag Today February 8, 2017

CDFA receives input on farm bill from local stakeholders   By Alysson Aredas Staff Reporter aaredas@turlockjournal.com POSTED February 7, 2017 9:45 p.m. The California Department of Food and Agriculture kicked off a series of listening sessions with a stop in Modesto on Tuesday to receive input from local farmers, ranchers and stakeholders regarding what the State’s priorities should be for the 2018 Farm Bill. “The farm bill is as important to San Francisco and Los Angeles as it is to the Central Valley,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “This legislation ensures a robust farm safety net, promotes farming and ranching practices that are environmentally sound...

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Ag Today February 7, 2017

Gray proposes legislation to overhaul state’s water management system BY BRIANNA CALIX bcalix@mercedsunstar.com After five years of punishing drought and the state’s plan to allocate more irrigation water for fish, Assemblyman Adam Gray is rolling out newly proposed legislation to restructure the state’s water management to improve communication and simplify the network of power. Gray, D-Merced, announced Assembly Bill 313 on Monday, saying the drought revealed how broken the state’s water management system is. “Anyone who has tried to work with the state on water knows the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, conflicts of interest are the norm, and state...

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Ag Today February 6, 2017

Did someone say food fight? U.S. farmers — and especially those in California — fret over a possible trade war Geoffrey Mohan It took Donald Trump 71 days to settle on an Agriculture secretary after winning the presidency. It took him 72 hours after that to unsettle much of the agriculture industry. First, the freshly inaugurated president withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, a 12-nation pact that was expected to boost U.S. agricultural exports by more than $7 billion annually over the coming decades, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Then, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president was thinking about financing his long-promised southern border wall with a...

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Ag Today February 3, 2017

Agtech facing labor shortage challenge Amy Wu , The CalifornianPublished 4:50 p.m. PT Feb. 2, 2017 | Updated 3 hours ago With a growing global population, labor shortage, rising cost of doing business, water and land limitations and the uncertainty under a new White House administration -- American agtech isn’t just a fad but a necessity. That was one of the common threads of the THRIVE Forum held at Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park on Wednesday. “This is an endemic problem that society has to face, including feeding a growing population that is now consuming more,” said Puon Penn, executive vice president of technology capital at Wells Fargo, one of...

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Ag Today February 2, 2017

Does California need more water infrastructure? Giacomo Luca, KXTV 1:21 PM. PST February 01, 2017 As the The Valley is slammed with rain and storms, the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is coming in under average for snow fall totals, which accounts for nearly 30 percent of drinking water for all Californian. The under average conditions brings up the question, does California need more water infrastructure? Existing water storage infrastructure The state already has a lot of water infrastructure including reservoirs, aquifers, and dams. More than 1,400 dams play an integral role in helping move water from the northern part of the state to the southern portion. Where the water flows Water...

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Ag Today February 1, 2017

Butte County Farm Bureau, 100 years and counting By Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise-Record POSTED: 01/31/17, 5:53 PM PST | UPDATED: 17 HRS AGO Oroville >> Warm weather, water and great soil were the building blocks of the local farm community 100 years ago. The land lent itself to olives, almonds and rice, which were the top crops of 1917. This was also the year that farmers came together to form the Butte County Farm Bureau (www.buttefarmbureau.com), as a way to gather, share information and advocate for farm-related issues. FRIDAY SHINDIG In celebration of the 100-year milestone, the Butte County Farm Bureau will host a centennial gala Friday, with more than...

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Ag Today January 31, 2017

Testimony opens in 'takings' trial in D.C. Irrigators lay out their case By HOLLY DILLEMUTH H&N Staff Reporter  13 hrs ago  (0) Klamath  Basin irrigators walk into the Federal Claims Court in Washington, D.C., Monday to have their case heard. Trial may last up to three weeks. WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal courtroom chambers were full on Monday for opening arguments kicking off the “takings” case hearing in Washington, D.C. More than 25 Basin irrigators — or those who represent them — are scheduled to testify in the consolidated case at the U.S. Federal Court of Claims over the course of the next three weeks....

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