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Ag Today Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ag Today Wednesday, May 4, 2016   Porterville Recorder Rash of psyllid finds reported By Rick Elkins Five psyllids in past week It is expected the discovery of Asian citrus psyllids would increase when trees have new growth like they have now, but the number of discoveries the past 45 days is alarming. Since March 1, there have been 15 separate discoveries of the tiny pest that can carry the citrus disease huanglongbing (HLB). Of those, five have been discovered in the past 10 days, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita reported Tuesday. All of the pest have been found on traps and no live psyllids have been...

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Ag Today Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ag Today Tuesday, May 3, 2016   Central Valley Business Journal What California could learn from Oregon’s minimum wage compromise By Kent Hohlfeld STOCKTON — This is a story about two similar states, one problem and two very different ways the state legislatures found to deal with the issue. California and Oregon, despite their population differences, share more than just a border. Early in 2016, both states’ legislatures decided their minimum wages were too low. Both states had ballot measures that threatened to raise the wage to $15 per hour across the state. Both Oregon and California have many of the same political dynamics. Both are heavily Democratic,...

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Ag Today Monday, May 2, 2016

Ag Today Monday, May 2, 2016   Sacramento Bee Judge refuses to halt Delta land sale to Southern California agency By Dale Kasler A judge has refused to block a Southern California water agency’s controversial purchase of five islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Judge Barbara Kronlund in San Joaquin Superior Court declined to grant a temporary restraining order Friday to officials from San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties, who sued two weeks ago to keep the Metropolitan Water District from completing its $175 million purchase of the five islands. Kronlund’s ruling doesn’t end the litigation, however. The deal’s opponents, including two environmental groups, will press the judge...

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Ag Today Friday, April 29, 2016

Ag Today Friday, April 29, 2016   Sonora Union Democrat Rim Fire recovery plan released By Guy McCarthy Federal custodians of the Stanislaus National Forest are publishing a plan today detailing how they intend to stimulate recovery from the gigantic 2013 Rim Fire that destroyed 400 square miles of mountain watersheds more than two years ago. “Recovery from an event like the Rim Fire takes years,” Jeanne Higgins, supervisor for the Stanislaus National Forest, said Thursday in Sonora. “Recovery from the 1987 Stanislaus Complex Fire took about 10 years. This is a long-term investment in recovering this landscape.” The plan documents specific actions Higgins has decided on with...

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Ag Today Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ag Today Thursday, April 28, 2016   Santa Rosa Press Democrat Mendocino County suspends predator control program to settle lawsuit By Glenda Anderson Mendocino County is suspending its longstanding contract with federal wildlife trappers while it reviews its program to combat predators, which includes trapping and killing wild animals and dogs that kill livestock, cause property damage or pose a public safety threat, such as rabies. The decision was made last week to settle a 2015 lawsuit filed by animal rights groups over the county’s $144,000 annual contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s trapping program, which has operated in the county for nearly three decades. The wildlife...

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Ag Today Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ag Today Wednesday, April 27, 2016   Chico Enterprise-Record Butte County supervisors back Proposition 1 funding for Sites Reservoir By Ryan Olson Oroville >> Despite some reservations, the Butte County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a conditional letter of support for the Sites Reservoir project. The letter, to be sent to the California Water Commission and the Sites Joint Powers Authority, called for using Proposition 1 money to further investigate the off-stream project west of the Sacramento River in Colusa and Glenn counties. Voters approved Proposition 1 in 2014 to issue $7.12 billion in bonds for water projects, including $2.7 billion for new water storage. There has been an...

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Ag Today Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ag Today Tuesday, April 26, 2016   Sacramento Bee California water board denies bias claims in Delta tunnels dispute By Ryan Sabalow Two members of the state board that will play a crucial role in the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta rebuffed demands from a south state water agency that they disqualify themselves from upcoming hearings on the issue. On Monday, State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus and board member Tam Doduc said there was no merit to a claim filed last month by the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority...

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Ag Today Monday, April 25, 2016

Ag Today Monday, April 25, 2016   Sacramento Bee Lawsuit accuses regulators of loosening Sacramento Delta water rules By Ryan Sabalow Three environmentalist groups filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that to increase water flowing to farms and cities, state and federal regulators in the drought have repeatedly relaxed water-quality standards on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the detriment of its wild fish species. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco claims the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to enforce the Clean Water Act. The Natural Resources Defense Council, The Bay Institute and Defenders of Wildlife say they sued in response to nearly two dozen decisions...

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Ag Today Friday, April 22, 2016

Ag Today Friday, April 22, 2016   NBC Bay Area South Bay Farms Ditch Growing Strawberries Due to Costs, Lack of Workers Farmers believe the price of strawberries will rise because it is such a delicate crop that is getting harder to produce and harvest. By Damian Trujillo Strawberries are becoming too expensive to produce in the South Bay due to increasing production costs and a lack of affordable and available workers. Farmers believe the price of strawberries will rise because it is such a delicate crop that is getting harder to produce and harvest. An area farm owner blames a broken immigration system for depleting the supply...

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Ag Today Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ag Today Thursday, April 21, 2016   McClatchy News Service A predator fish in California has lost its White House support By Michael Doyle WASHINGTON - A still-controversial 1992 law intended to boost California’s striped-bass population can be scaled back, the Obama administration now believes. In a modest softening of the state’s polarized water debate, a top Interior Department official voiced sympathy Wednesday for a Republican-authored bill that would end the 1992 law’s stated goal of doubling the number of striped bass living in and around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. “It makes sense to remove the striped bass from the doubling goals,” said Tom Iseman, deputy assistant secretary...

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