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Ag Today May 23, 2017

Farmer faces $2.8 million fine for plowing field Damon Arthur , Record Searchlight  Published 5:57 p.m. PT May 22, 2017 A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County. A lawyer for Duarte Nursery said the case is important because it could set a precedent requiring other farmers to obtain costly, time-consuming permits just to plow their fields. “The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) permit to plow to grow crops,”...

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Ag Today May 22, 2017

Most California farm-water suppliers are breaking this law. Why doesn’t the state act? BY RYAN SABALOW AND PHILLIP REESE, The Sacramento Bee rsabalow@sacbee.com During California’s epic five-year drought, most of the state’s irrigation districts didn’t comply with a 2007 law that requires them to account for how much water they’re delivering directly to farmers, a Bee investigation has found. State regulators are largely powerless to stop them, but they don’t seem too bothered by it. They say they’d rather switch to a different form of reporting. Farm-advocacy groups say irrigation districts have been bombarded with a confusing slew of state and federal laws and regulations that...

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Ag Today May 19, 2017

Prospect of NAFTA rewrite gives US farmers a case of jitters BY PAUL WISEMANAP Economics Writer-The Sacramento Bee WASHINGTON A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump's presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law. But many farmers are nervous about another plank in Trump's agenda: His vow to overhaul U.S. trade policy, including his intent announced Thursday to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Trump's message that NAFTA was a job-killing disaster had never resonated much in rural America. NAFTA had widened access to Mexican and...

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Ag Today March 22, 2017

Cover crops coming into their own TOM LEYDE3:00 p.m. PT March 21, 2017 If you’re driving through the Salinas or Pajaro valleys and seeing fields of green that don’t look like crops, don’t be alarmed. You’re likely looking at a cover crop. More of them are showing up, especially in fields where organic fruits and vegetables are grown. They are sometimes referred to as “green manure” because of the benefits they provide to the soil and to the environment. One of the country’s major proponents of cover crops works in Salinas Valley. Eric Brennan is a scientist at the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service in...

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