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Ag Today Friday, April 10, 2015

California regulators defend farmers' access to water in drought [Reuters] The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agriculture business. Pushback from top water regulators came in response to complaints from environmentalists that agriculture, which accounts for 80 percent of water used by humans in the most populous U.S. state, should also be required to conserve. "Agriculture in California produces the food we all rely on," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at a briefing on the drought...

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Ag Today Friday, April 10, 2015

California regulators defend farmers' access to water in drought [Reuters] The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agriculture business. Pushback from top water regulators came in response to complaints from environmentalists that agriculture, which accounts for 80 percent of water used by humans in the most populous U.S. state, should also be required to conserve. "Agriculture in California produces the food we all rely on," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at a briefing on the drought...

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Ag Today Friday, April 10, 2015

California regulators defend farmers' access to water in drought [Reuters] The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agriculture business. Pushback from top water regulators came in response to complaints from environmentalists that agriculture, which accounts for 80 percent of water used by humans in the most populous U.S. state, should also be required to conserve. "Agriculture in California produces the food we all rely on," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at a briefing on the drought...

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Ag Today Friday, April 10, 2015

California regulators defend farmers' access to water in drought [Reuters] The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agriculture business. Pushback from top water regulators came in response to complaints from environmentalists that agriculture, which accounts for 80 percent of water used by humans in the most populous U.S. state, should also be required to conserve. "Agriculture in California produces the food we all rely on," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at a briefing on the drought...

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Ag Today Friday, April 10, 2015

California regulators defend farmers' access to water in drought [Reuters] The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agriculture business. Pushback from top water regulators came in response to complaints from environmentalists that agriculture, which accounts for 80 percent of water used by humans in the most populous U.S. state, should also be required to conserve. "Agriculture in California produces the food we all rely on," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at a briefing on the drought...

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Ag Today Thursday, April 9, 2015

California warns of deep water rights curtailments amid drought [Sacramento Bee] In the week after issuing an unprecedented statewide water use reduction order, Gov. Jerry Brown labored to defend the measure’s focus on urban water use instead of agriculture, which consumes far more water than cities and towns….But while Brown defends agriculture’s heavy use of water, he is also considering water rights curtailments that could dramatically affect the industry….But Chris Scheuring, a lawyer for the California Farm Bureau Federation, said it remains a challenge for some farmers to produce proof of decades-old rights established under a procedure that was once...

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Ag Today Thursday, April 9, 2015

California warns of deep water rights curtailments amid drought [Sacramento Bee] In the week after issuing an unprecedented statewide water use reduction order, Gov. Jerry Brown labored to defend the measure’s focus on urban water use instead of agriculture, which consumes far more water than cities and towns….But while Brown defends agriculture’s heavy use of water, he is also considering water rights curtailments that could dramatically affect the industry….But Chris Scheuring, a lawyer for the California Farm Bureau Federation, said it remains a challenge for some farmers to produce proof of decades-old rights established under a procedure that was once...

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Ag Today Thursday, April 9, 2015

California warns of deep water rights curtailments amid drought [Sacramento Bee] In the week after issuing an unprecedented statewide water use reduction order, Gov. Jerry Brown labored to defend the measure’s focus on urban water use instead of agriculture, which consumes far more water than cities and towns….But while Brown defends agriculture’s heavy use of water, he is also considering water rights curtailments that could dramatically affect the industry….But Chris Scheuring, a lawyer for the California Farm Bureau Federation, said it remains a challenge for some farmers to produce proof of decades-old rights established under a procedure that was once...

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Ag Today Thursday, April 9, 2015

California warns of deep water rights curtailments amid drought [Sacramento Bee] In the week after issuing an unprecedented statewide water use reduction order, Gov. Jerry Brown labored to defend the measure’s focus on urban water use instead of agriculture, which consumes far more water than cities and towns….But while Brown defends agriculture’s heavy use of water, he is also considering water rights curtailments that could dramatically affect the industry….But Chris Scheuring, a lawyer for the California Farm Bureau Federation, said it remains a challenge for some farmers to produce proof of decades-old rights established under a procedure that was once...

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Ag Today Thursday, April 9, 2015

California warns of deep water rights curtailments amid drought [Sacramento Bee] In the week after issuing an unprecedented statewide water use reduction order, Gov. Jerry Brown labored to defend the measure’s focus on urban water use instead of agriculture, which consumes far more water than cities and towns….But while Brown defends agriculture’s heavy use of water, he is also considering water rights curtailments that could dramatically affect the industry….But Chris Scheuring, a lawyer for the California Farm Bureau Federation, said it remains a challenge for some farmers to produce proof of decades-old rights established under a procedure that was once...

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