Ag Today Thursday, November 19, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Water leaders debate post-drought future during Clovis symposium
By Andrea Castillo
Some of the state’s top water officials, along with local farmers and activists, convened in Clovis on Thursday to talk about agriculture and the impact of the drought.
Los Angeles Times reporters hosted the conversation, called “Water in the West,” as part of a series of talks around the state.
Around 100 people showed up at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District building to listen to experts including Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water...
Ag Today Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Pesticides are used safely on California farms
By Paul Wenger
As a farmer who works directly with pesticides, it’s maddening to hear folks who have no first-hand knowledge make unsubstantiated claims about their use and safety.
The latest is the comment from the Center for Biological Diversity, claiming that glyphosate is “probably” a human carcinogen, citing a World Health Organization report (“California needs to rid the Valley of cancer-causing pesticide,” Viewpoints, Nov. 9).
There seems to be a misconception that pesticides are always bad. Shampoo, soap, every disinfectant you apply in your house and rub on your hands are...
Ag Today Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Farmers need to help set groundwater rules
By David Castellon
Within the next five years, unprecedented rules for use of groundwater will take effect in California, affecting not only farmers and ranchers, but also cities and other communities that get their water from wells.
Before that happens, rules and the methods for governing groundwater use have to be developed, Fresno attorney Gary Sawyers told a group of farmers and others with an interest in water rights Monday afternoon during a luncheon at the International Agri-Center Social Hall in Tulare.
Those rules being developed under the California’s Sustainable Ground Management...
Ag Today Monday, November 16, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
U-T San Diego
3 states work to share the Colorado's waters
Instead of fighting over water, California, Arizona and Nevada are trying cooperation
By Bradley J. Fikes
California, Arizona and Nevada have quarreled and litigated over Colorado River water for many decades. Now the states are slowly moving to a new model of cooperation.
Once rare water shortages have become seemingly perpetual, posing a common danger. So instead of fighting to secure the most water for themselves, the states are increasingly focused on conserving water.
That water is staying in Lake Mead, the linchpin to reliable supply in the three states. The...
Ag Today Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Goal of New Produce Safety Rules: Prevent Illness Outbreaks
By Mary Clare Jalonick
WASHINGTON - New produce safety rules from the government Friday are intended to help prevent the kind of large-scale outbreaks of foodborne illness that occurred over the past decade linked to fresh spinach, cantaloupes, cucumbers and other foods.
Under the rules, the government soon will have new oversight of the farms that grow Americans' food. That means, for example, making sure workers are trained to wash their hands, irrigation water is monitored for harmful bacteria and animals do not leave droppings in fields.
The majority of...
Ag Today Monday, November 9, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
Los Angeles Times
To save water, an underground movement to bank El Niño's rainfall
By Bettina Boxall
Gary Serrato watched as a tractor worked its way across a field of dried-up weeds, slicing the sandy dirt into orderly furrows.
The field was being readied not for a crop but for what he hopes will be a bountiful harvest of floodwater this El Niño winter. "We're going to capture as much as we can," said Serrato, general manager of the Fresno Irrigation District.
He was standing in the district's Boswell Groundwater Banking Facility near Fresno: A complex of 100 graded acres enclosed...
Ag Today Friday, November 6, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
California lawmakers split over big Pacific Rim trade deal
By Michael Doyle
California lawmakers are going to split over a sprawling Pacific Rim trade deal unveiled Thursday, even as the state’s major farmers and business leaders foresee a definite winner.
Buoyed by the support of groups like Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement binding 12 nations will be appealing to a fair share of the nation’s largest congressional delegation.
“I am cautiously optimistic,” said Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif.
But note the key word: “Cautiously.”
Even the state’s most reliable free-trade advocates, like House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield,...
Ag Today Thursday, November 5, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Release of Pacific trade agreement sets stage for huge battle before Congress vote
By Don Lee
Details of the sweeping Pacific Rim trade agreement reached last month were released early Thursday, setting the stage for what is certain to be a period of intense scrutinizing, spinning and selling before the contentious deal comes up for a final vote in Congress as soon as early next year.
The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership lists thousands of tariff items that will go to zero or be reduced, including such sensitive products as rice, dairy and sugar. And, in 30...
Ag Today Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Wall Street Journal
EPA Water Rules Withstand Senate Repeal Effort
Critics say new regulations amount to government overreach; EPA says they clarify which waterways fall under Clean Water Act
By Amy Harder
WASHINGTON—The Senate on Tuesday fell short of advancing legislation to repeal environmental regulations that bring more waterways and wetlands under federal protection, a victory for the Obama administration on rules that have faced a series of legal and political setbacks over the past few months.
With 57 senators—all the Republicans and four Democrats—supporting the measure and 41 senators voting no, the measure failed to meet a 60-vote requirement to begin debate on the...
Ag Today Wednesday, April 15, 2015
State water regulator flexes new muscle in response to drought [Los Angeles Times] …Long considered timid and politically weak, the board is flexing new muscle in response to a dry spell that threatens to be the worst in modern California history. It is delivering emergency water to parched communities, reviewing never-before-collected data on irrigation around the state and considering limits on farmers who are accustomed to taking their fill from the state's rivers and streams. On Friday, the board is scheduled to issue unprecedented new regulations to require urban Californians to use 25% less water. Experts said the challenge of...