Ag Today July 15, 2019
Administration sidelines federal biologists who could stand in way of more water for Calif. farmers [KQED, San Francisco]
After rushing forward on a plan to send more water to California’s Central Valley, the Trump Administration has unexpectedly hit the brakes and ordered the work already done by federal scientists to be completed by a different team. Just days before federal biologists were set to release new rules governing the future of endangered salmon and drinking water for two-thirds of Californians, the administration replaced them with an almost entirely new group of lawyers, administrators and biologists to “refine” and “improve” the rules,...
Ag Today July 12, 2019
Utility customers will pay $10.5 billion for California wildfire costs under bill sent to Newsom [Los Angeles Times]
Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign legislation Friday to overhaul how the state pays for utility wildfire damage — a complex bill the governor championed and moved swiftly through the California Legislature this week at Wall Street’s urging. The bill’s passage was a political victory for the governor, but some questioned whether California leaders were just making a down payment for wildfire costs that will skyrocket if more isn’t done to prevent ever-larger blazes….Utility customers will be required to pay $10.5 billion...
Ag Today July 11, 2019
VP Mike Pence: Passing NAFTA 2.0 will help Central Valley farmers [Visalia Times-Delta]
Amid hay bales and country music at a farm outside Lemoore Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence sought to rally farmers and others in the agriculture industry to support President Donald Trump's revisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement…."Now it's time to Congress to do its job and pass USMCA this year," Pence said. "California farmers, let your voice be heard."…California ag industry leaders have pushed for passage of USMCA, noting that China — whose retaliatory tariffs have hit California citrus and other ag sectors particularly hard —...
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