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Ag Today Friday, June 17, 2016

Ag Today Friday, June 17, 2016   Capital Public Radio No Easy Path To Implementing California Groundwater Law By Amy Quinton The state’s new groundwater management laws mean Californians no longer have unfettered use of water underground. State law will require the creation of local agencies with sweeping powers to meter wells, tax, and penalize anyone who overuses groundwater. If agencies aren’t created by next year, state regulators can take over. The wine region of Paso Robles is among the 21 groundwater basins the state has deemed critically overdrafted. That means more water is pumped out than can be replenished. “There is just a lot more demand,” says Sue Luft,...

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Ag Today Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ag Today Wednesday, June 15, 2016   USA TODAY Members of Congress ask delay in lemon imports By Bartholomew Sullivan WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 18 members of Congress from citrus-growing districts Monday asked Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to delay opening the U.S. market to Argentine lemons until economic and risk assessments can be conducted. The lawmakers, including three representing parts of Ventura County where the domestic lemon industry is centered, asked for a final rule now pending to be postponed and the comment period extended. "We are concerned that the department's proposed rule to authorize Argentine lemon imports may be finalized without a proper economic assessment...

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Ag Today Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ag Today Wednesday, June 15, 2016   USA TODAY Members of Congress ask delay in lemon imports By Bartholomew Sullivan WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of 18 members of Congress from citrus-growing districts Monday asked Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to delay opening the U.S. market to Argentine lemons until economic and risk assessments can be conducted. The lawmakers, including three representing parts of Ventura County where the domestic lemon industry is centered, asked for a final rule now pending to be postponed and the comment period extended. "We are concerned that the department's proposed rule to authorize Argentine lemon imports may be finalized without a proper economic assessment...

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Ag Today Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ag Today Tuesday, June 14, 2016   Los Angeles Times California's cap-and-trade program faces daunting hurdles to avoid collapse By Chris Megerian and Ralph Vartabedian The linchpin of California’s climate change agenda, a program known as cap and trade, has become mired in legal, financial and political troubles that threaten to derail the state’s plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The program has been a symbol of the state’s leadership in the fight against global warming and a key source of funding, most notably for the high-speed rail project connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles. But the legality of cap and trade is being challenged in court by...

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Ag Today Monday, June 13, 2016

Ag Today Monday, June 13, 2016   Sacramento Bee How plans to save fish species could cut summer water supply By Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese This year was supposed to be different. With Northern California’s reservoirs finally brimming and cities liberated from stringent conservation rules, farmers were expecting more water for their crops. The worst of the drought seemed over. Or maybe not. Despite a winter of fairly abundant rain and snow in the north state, federal fisheries regulators are considering a set of plans that would put Sacramento Valley reservoirs on a tight leash again this summer. Their aim is to prevent two endangered...

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Ag Today Friday, June 10, 2016

Ag Today Friday, June 10, 2016   Bloomberg News Dairy Farmers Say Trump’s Deportations Could Dry Up Milk Supply By Mark Niquette Mark Diederichs wiped a splatter of manure from his arm as four Hispanic workers guided the next 44 cows into stalls, swabbed each animal’s teats with neon-blue disinfectant and attached computer-controlled milking-machine units. They moved quickly, repeating the thrice-daily process until the Wisconsin dairy’s 2,650 cattle had provided more than 10,000 gallons. If Donald Trump has his way, Diederichs says, the farm he runs may not have enough people to tend the herd because about two-thirds of his 35 full-time workers are immigrants. Trump’s proposal to...

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Ag Today Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ag Today Thursday, June 9, 2016   Modesto Bee OID sues two of its own board members By Garth Stapley OAKDALE - Water leaders voted 3-2 Tuesday to sue to bar elected board members Linda Santos and Gail Altieri from closed-door board discussions regarding an ongoing lawsuit facing the Oakdale Irrigation District. Santos and Altieri cast “no” votes but were outvoted by board members Steve Webb, Gary Osmundson and Herman Doornenbal. Board members also agreed unanimously to investigate themselves for a leak presumably related to the lawsuit. After the meeting, Altieri said, “Linda and I have followed our mandate of the people who elected us, and we will not...

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Ag Today Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ag Today Wednesday, June 8, 2016   Sacramento Bee Appellate court temporarily blocks Delta island sale By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler A state appellate court has temporarily blocked the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s $175 million purchase of five islands in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. On Tuesday, the 3rd District Court of Appeal granted a temporary stay preventing the sale from closing. Last month, a San Joaquin County judge refused to grant a request for a preliminary injunction filed by environmental groups, local water districts, and San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties. Those groups sued in April, aiming to halt the sale pending...

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Ag Today Monday, June 6, 2016

Ag Today Monday, June 6, 2016   Fresno Bee On a hot Fresno night, Hillary Clinton torches Trump By John Ellis Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is locked in a heated battle with insurgent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for California delegates, hit Fresno on Saturday evening in a closing campaign blitz ahead of the state’s Tuesday primary. Speaking in Edison High School’s gymnasium, Clinton drew a crowd of 1,500, which filled the space. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, drew 7,000 to Selland Arena in his Fresno visit on May 27. Sanders drew more than 5,000 to his May 29 rally at Fresno Fairground and also...

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