Ag Today April 28, 2017
CENTRAL VALLEY FARMERS RELIEVED PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT ENDING NAFTA
By Christina Fan
Friday, April 28, 2017 12:46AM
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --
Central Valley growers are nervously watching their orchards hoping to avoid a trade war-- knowing their future all depends on how NAFTA negotiations end.
President Donald Trump said, "I said, I will hold on the termination. Let's see if we can make it a fair deal."
Since the beginning of last year's election President Trump has been vocal against NAFTA, blaming the agreement for destroying American jobs. On Thursday, the President backed out of withdrawing completely, deciding instead to work on a compromise with Mexico...
Ag Today April 27, 2017
A ‘quick yes’ on Delta tunnels? Advocates concerned over new language
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at 5:41 PMUpdated Apr 26, 2017 at 5:41 PM
By Alex Breitler
Record Staff Writer
Proposed changes to a plan that is supposed to guide the Delta through the 21st century have advocates on red alert, as they worry that the new language locks in Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15 billion twin tunnels.
The revised plan does not explicitly endorse the California Water Fix, as the tunnels proposal is formally known.
It does, however, promote building one or more new intakes to pump water from the Delta, with a new underground conveyance system that would be operated in tandem with existing Delta channels.
The twin tunnels...
Ag Today April 26, 2017
State slams a California dairy with fines, but the owner won’t pay
BY LEWIS GRISWOLD firstname.lastname@example.org
State regulators have told a recalcitrant dairyman in Visalia to stop playing games with them over a required annual report about water quality or potentially be prosecuted for failing to cooperate.
The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board said it fined Sweeney Dairy of Visalia $75,600 for failing to file its 2015 annual report about the impacts of the dairy on water quality.
The board upped the ante by also issuing a cease and desist order. If the dairy owner does not file the report, the board could refer the...
Ag Today April 25, 2017
Fixing Oroville Dam will cost hundreds of millions. Who should pay the bill?
BY JIM MILLERemail@example.com
The damage has been done and the repair contract awarded. Yet more than two months after damaged spillways at the Oroville Dam prompted authorities to order the evacuation of 188,000 people, the question of who will ultimately pay the bill remains murky.
How much will be the responsibility of homeowners, businesses, farmers and other customers of the more than two dozen local and regional agencies that contract with the State Water Project? The 700-mile network of canals, pipelines and lakes, including Lake Oroville, brings water mostly from...
Ag Today April 24, 2017
Cattle ranchers welcome lush grasses
BY JOHN HOLLAND
Mother Nature has soaked the grasslands east and west of the San Joaquin Valley this year, to the delight of cattle ranchers who value this free feed.
It’s a gorgeous sight for city folks who drive into the foothills. For the beef industry, it means millions of dollars in avoided costs.
During much of the 2012-16 drought, ranchers had to supplement the grasses with purchased hay. They also might have sent cattle to market at less than ideal weight.
“They’re smiling,” said Tom Orvis, a rancher north of Oakdale and governmental affairs director for the Stanislaus County...
Ag Today April 21, 2017
Germ in raw milk, poultry now tops food poisoning list
BY MIKE STOBBEAP Medical Writer
The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list.
The report counts cases in only 10 states for nine of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends.
WHAT'S MAKING US SICK?
The most common bug last year was campylobacter (kam-pih-loh-BAK'-tur). It's mostly a problem in unpasteurized dairy products, but also is seen in contaminated...
Ag Today April 20, 2017
The West Coast Salad Shortage Could Last Until May
by Megan Durisin, Jeff Wilson,and Brian K Sullivan
April 19, 2017, 3:36 PM PDT April 20, 2017, 5:02 AM PD
California’s farmers have been plagued by drought in recent years but the problem in 2017 is too much rain. That has squeezed U.S. salad supplies and it may be a several more weeks before supermarket shelves are fully stocked again.
Warmer-than-usual weather meant the winter growing season ended early in southern California and western Arizona. That was followed by heavy rain, pushing back planting in coastal regions of California, which is the largest U.S. fruit and vegetable...
Ag Today, April 19, 2017
Expert performed autopsy on Oroville spillway collapse. Here’s what he found.
BY RYAN SABALOW AND DALE KASLER
As state officials clamp down on records at Oroville Dam, one of the country’s foremost experts on catastrophic engineering failures has used state inspection reports, photographs and historical design specifications to piece together an autopsy detailing why the spillway at the country’s tallest dam failed so spectacularly this winter.
The independent analysis by Robert Bea, of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at UC Berkeley, points to design and construction flaws dating back to the spillway’s construction in the 1960s. Bea said the gaping crater that formed in...
Ag Today April 18, 2017
As global groundwater disappears, rice, wheat and other international crops may start to vanish
BY DAVE BERNDTSON April 17, 2017 at 1:56 PM EDT | Updated: Apr 17, 2017 at 4:45 PM,
We already know that humans are depleting vital groundwater resources across the globe. But a new study shows one of the biggest causes of disappearing groundwater is the international food trade.
About 70 percent of freshwater around the globe goes toward irrigation. Researchers from the University College London and NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies now say that a third of that freshwater is drawn from the world’s aquifers — nonrenewable underground pockets of groundwater — and...
Ag Today April 17, 2017
California Democrats prepare to battle GOP over Endangered Species Act
By DAVID DANELSKI | firstname.lastname@example.org | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: April 14, 2017 at 6:03 pm | UPDATED: April 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm
Last spring, well before a deluge of winter rain in California, then presidential candidate Donald Trump famously declared to an audience of Central Valley farmers that the state hadn’t really suffered from years of drought.
“Is there a drought? No, we have plenty of water,” Trump said in Fresno, despite evidence to the contrary. He then went on to say the real problem with state water supplies was habitat protection for a “three-inch fish.”
He was referring to the Delta smelt, a slim, silver-colored...