Ag Today June 17, 2021
Climate change batters the West before summer even begins [New York Times]
… Global warming, driven by the burning of fossil fuels, has been heating up and drying out the American West for years. Now the region is broiling under a combination of a drought that is the worst in two decades and a record-breaking heat wave. … The drought has forced farmers to take drastic measures. … “We’ve been through droughts. This is one of the driest we can remember,” said Dan Errotabere, 66, whose family has grown fruits, vegetables and nuts near Fresno for a century. … Many California farmers are already using...
Ag Today June 16, 2021
Drought prompts state to cut off water to thousands of farms, water agencies [San Francisco Chronicle]
… The extraordinary directive, issued Tuesday by state regulators amid a deepening drought, targets 4,300 “junior” water rights holders between Fresno County and the Oregon border and forces them to turn to sources of water other than surface supplies, such as wells or storage — or go without water entirely. The restrictions are likely to hit California farmers the hardest, both because they use the most water and because they don’t always have alternative sources. … “Curtailment is not a game,” said Chris Scheuring, water attorney...
Ag Today June 15, 2021
Central Coast farmers and ranchers see an increase of insurance companies drop them due to wildfire risk [KSBY TV, San Luis Obispo]
… California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the California Farm Bureau came together Monday at Booker Vineyard in Paso Robles to discuss fire insurance issues facing local farmers, ranchers, and agriculture businesses. … "They've taken those steps of having those defensible spaces, maybe making sure they have metal roofs on their barns or homes and still being denied, even though they've taken those steps that seem to say we are mitigating that risk when it comes to wildfire," said...
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