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Ag Today June 10, 2021

Biden administration to restore clean-water protections ended by Trump [New York Times] The Biden administration intends to revive federal environmental protections for millions of streams, marshes and other bodies of water across the country that had been eliminated by former President Donald Trump in his quest to please home builders, farmers and ranchers. The Environmental Protection Agency made the announcement Wednesday after it said it had found that the changes under Mr. Trump caused “significant environmental degradation.” … It marked the latest in a series of decisions by President Biden to restore environmental protections that Mr. Trump had weakened or repealed,...

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Ag Today June 9, 2021

Pulling out trees, trucking water for cows: California farmers take drastic measures in drought [San Francisco Chronicle] … California’s agriculture sector is likely to experience the biggest impact of the record-breaking drought. … The drought’s hit to California farms is uneven, depending on the source in the state’s complex and overtapped water distribution system. … Many farmers’ fallback in dry years is to buy water from farmers with a surplus or to pump groundwater. But there hasn’t been extra water to buy, and groundwater is especially limited in the San Joaquin Valley because of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, a state policy established...

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Ag Today June 8, 2021

From Shasta to Folsom, shriveled reservoirs show depths of California’s drought disaster [Sacramento Bee] … California’s reservoirs, normally the bulwark of the state’s elaborate water system, have been left defenseless by a drought that seems to worsen by the day. … It adds up to a terrible summer — for the environment, for agriculture. … Jeffrey Mount, a water expert at the nonprofit Public Policy Institute of California, said reservoirs have been drained in order to serve the agricultural contractors of the feds’ Central Valley Project. … Yet government officials say they haven’t been sacrificing the reservoirs simply to keep farms afloat. …...

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Ag Today June 7, 2021

California faces worst drought in decades: 'Economic disaster' [Fox News] After two consecutive dry years, the California drought is back. … California melon farmer Joe Del Bosque called it "an economic disaster." "We can’t plant crops, we have no jobs, and there will be no food coming from this field this year," he said. … In an effort to protect wildlife and protect water supplies for drinking, federal and state officials reduced water deliveries to farmers to near zero. In the Central Valley, fields lie fallow and farmers are dismantling orchards. https://www.foxnews.com/science/california-faces-worst-drought-decades-economic-disaster   A 'megadrought' in California is expected to lead to water shortages for production...

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Ag Today June 4, 2021

California votes to continue requiring masks at work if anyone is unvaccinated [San Francisco Chronicle] If anyone in a workplace is unvaccinated, all colleagues must wear masks when in the same room, according to a new California workplace standard passed Thursday. … The standards board for California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, passed the new rules as a stopgap measure after a marathon meeting Thursday, minutes after it initially rejected the same rules by a 4-3 vote, swayed by business groups’ arguments that they are too strict. The board said it considers the measure temporary and will act quickly...

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Ag Today June 3, 2021

Drought ravages California’s reservoirs ahead of a hot summer [Associated Press] … While droughts are common in California, this year’s is much hotter and drier than others, evaporating water more quickly from the reservoirs and the sparse Sierra Nevada snowpack that feeds them. … The impacts of dwindling reservoirs go beyond luxury yachts and weekend anglers. Salmon need cold water from the bottom of the reservoirs to spawn. The San Francisco Bay needs fresh water from the reservoirs to keep out the salt water that harms freshwater fish. Farmers need the water to irrigate their crops. Businesses need reservoirs full so...

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Ag Today June 2, 2021

CA farmers brace for a dry summer [KFBK Radio, Sacramento] California farmers are facing the fact that their water resources from the Federal Government are drying up. California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson points to a frustrating situation shaping up to be a repeat situation of the last drought. https://kfbk.iheart.com/featured/the-morning-news/content/2021-06-01-ca-farmers-brace-for-a-dry-summer/   Farmers facing California drought impacts feel strain of low water supply [KCRA TV, Sacramento] … The California Board of Food and Agriculture met on Tuesday to discuss ways to help farmers and ranchers, as well as to discuss the proposed $5.1 billion included in the governor's budget to address drought challenges and water infrastructure....

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Ag Today June 1, 2021

Monterey County agriculture industry has vaccinated 42,000 farmworkers [Monterey Herald] ...“This remarkable level of vaccinations comes after weeks of vaccination clinics held exclusively for farmworkers in all areas of Monterey County, including large clinics,” said Kim Stemler, executive director of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association. From the beginning of the pandemic, the agriculture industry was considered essential and most employees in the sector were deemed essential workers. “People can’t eat without growers and the people who pick the crops,” said Stemler. “We’ve been leaders in the state, and dare I say the nation, in setting up health and safety...

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Ag Today May 28, 2021

President of California Farm Bureau speaks on water allocation cuts [KRCR TV, Redding] Federal regulators with the Bureau of Reclamation have issued new numbers on the Central Valley Water Project, cutting agricultural water allocations to zero. The president of the California Farm Bureau, who is a citrus and olive farmer in Butte County, says this cut in allocations will have a negative impact on farmers in the Northstate and we could possibly lose thousands of acres of crop production. … Jamie Johansson President, California Farm Bureau: “It’s the final frustrating blow because zero is the ultimate when you get a zero...

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Ag Today May 27, 2021

California drought enters dangerous territory. What’s ahead for fish, farms and cities [Sacramento Bee] In just a few weeks, California’s water conditions have gone from bad to terrible. … The State Water Project is limiting deliveries to 5% of what’s been contracted, and the Central Valley Project told most farmers Wednesday they’ll get nothing this year. Separately, the State Water Resources Control Board in June plans to cut off approximately 2,900 farmers and others with so-called junior water rights, prohibiting them from drawing water from rivers and streams. Thousands of other rights holders could lose their water supplies as well later...

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