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Ag Today March 21, 2019

California governor pushes for fee to clean up tainted water [Associated Press] Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to charge California water customers up to $10 per month to help clean up contaminated water in low-income and rural areas, but he will face resistance from some legislative Democrats hesitant to impose new taxes….The fee on water customers would affect households and businesses — an idea that lawmakers killed last session. Newsom wants to combine it with fees on animal farmers, dairies and fertilizer sellers to raise about $140 million per year….Democrats hold 75 percent of the legislative seats, but some who represent moderate...

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Ag Today March 19, 2019

Western drought deal is a go, without IID and as Salton Sea clean-up remains stalled [Palm Springs Desert Sun] It's done. The Colorado River Board of California voted 8-1-1 Monday to sign on to a multi-state drought contingency plan, which, somewhat ironically, might not be needed for two years because of an exceptionally wet winter. The process was fractious until the very end, with blistering rebukes from the river's largest water user, and charges that state and federal laws were possibly being violated to cross the finish line. The Imperial Irrigation District, a sprawling rural water district in the southeastern corner...

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Ag Today March 18, 2019

Deadly chicken disease spreads to Bay Area, flocks at risk [Bay Area News Group] ...News that a highly contagious and deadly bird virus was detected at a veterinary clinic in Redwood City on Thursday has alarmed the Bay Area’s poultry community, indicating that the dreaded Virulent Newcastle Disease has moved north from Southern California....“The really big concern is the spread into commercial flocks,” said Richard Blatchford, a poultry specialist at UC Davis Department of Animal Science. It has already been found in three commercial facilities in Riverside County. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/03/15/deadly-chicken-disease-spreads-to-bay-area/   Tulare Co. Farm Bureau seeks action for olive growers affected by contract cancellations [KMPH...

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