Ag Today Monday, June 6, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
On a hot Fresno night, Hillary Clinton torches Trump
By John Ellis
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who is locked in a heated battle with insurgent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for California delegates, hit Fresno on Saturday evening in a closing campaign blitz ahead of the state’s Tuesday primary.
Speaking in Edison High School’s gymnasium, Clinton drew a crowd of 1,500, which filled the space. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, drew 7,000 to Selland Arena in his Fresno visit on May 27. Sanders drew more than 5,000 to his May 29 rally at Fresno Fairground and also...
Ag Today Friday, June 3, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
Three Bible quotes later, no extra overtime pay for farmworkers
By Jeremy B. White
California farmworkers will not be entitled to extra overtime pay, with lawmakers turning back a measure to lift laborers’ wages after an intense debate.
After deliberation that spanned over an hour, featuring emotional speeches from 16 different lawmakers and three Bible quotes – two in favor of overtime and one against – Assembly Bill 2757 failed on a 37-35 vote. Eight Democrats opposed the bill and seven withheld votes.
Farmworkers watched from the balcony and United Farm Workers of America President Arturo Rodriguez, whose union...
Ag Today Thursday, June , 2016
Thursday, June , 2016
KCBX Radio, San Luis Obispo
Fear could be one reason for ongoing field worker shortage at Central Coast farms
By Geovanni Ximénez-García
California’s Central Coast is suffering from an ongoing farm worker shortage.
Undocumented workers in the Santa Maria Valley have told KCBX that fear over a recent arson incident at a Nipomo farmworker housing project and multiple immigration (ICE) raids may be contributing to the shortage.
Jose, who asked that we only use his first name, has worked in agriculture in Santa Maria for 20 of his 40 years as a field hand. He became a U.S. citizen decades ago.
Ag Today Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Del Norte Triplicate
Water regulations: California monitoring mandate draws fire
By David Anderson
While the rest of California may still be struggling with drought, Del Norte County is not. And, that has some local officials questioning why the state wants to apply the same tighter water regulations here as elsewhere.
A new regulation requiring water diversion permit holders to monitor withdrawal beyond what they are currently doing — down to the acre-feet-per minute — is drawing fire from Del Norte County Supervisor Chris Howard and other stakeholders because new monitoring systems could cost thousands of dollars to install.
“Is it really...
Ag Today Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
Water crisis not on presidential candidates’ radar
By Carolyn Lochhead
WASHINGTON — The 20th century dams and canals that gave birth to modern California — to San Francisco, to Los Angeles, to the San Joaquin Valley farms that feed the nation — are near the end of their engineered lives. The rivers and aquifers they tap are, simply, tapped out.
The state’s record drought, only dented by last winter’s rains, comes amid a 16-year dry spell in the Colorado River basin, which provides 16 percent of California’s water. The basin’s giant reservoirs are dwindling and may never...
Ag Today Friday, May 27, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Two Delta districts may be off the hook
By Alex Breitler
In a significant reversal on Thursday, state water officials moved to drop their case against two Delta water districts accused of illegally diverting water during the drought last summer.
The State Water Resources Control Board concluded, in a draft decision, that a water availability analysis upon which the case was based had “significant” shortcomings. However, the state also continued to defend its disputed right to crack down on high-ranking senior diverters who pump when water isn't available.
The decision still must be approved by the full board in...
Ag Today Thursday, May 26, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
McClatchy News Service
House moves on California water bills, but toward what end?
By Michael Doyle
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives passed yet another set of controversial California water provisions Wednesday, sending a political signal and, perhaps, putting pressure on the Senate.
Important differences, though, still split the state, and lawmakers have yet to show they can get out of their respective trenches and resolve them. For now, a final deal seems far off.
“We can’t wait any longer,” said Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale. “It’s time we end the rhetoric.”
In a tactical maneuver, House Republicans on Wednesday considered California water...
Ag Today Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Welcome to California water wars': State's congressional delegation debates water plans on the House floor
Sarah D. Wire
House Republicans are making another push for a bill addressing California's drought, adding the text of a measure by Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford) to two pieces of legislation headed to the Senate.
The House passed Valadao's bill almost a year ago, but the Senate has refused to take it up. His legislation focuses on funneling more water to San Joaquin Valley growers by reducing the amount used to support endangered fish populations.
The Senate is reviewing a bill proposed by...
Ag Today Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
McClatchy News Service
California water bill has three possible paths for passage
By Michael Doyle
WASHINGTON - House Republicans this week are adding a controversial California water bill to an unrelated Senate energy package, opening a new front in a fight that’s already put Democrats on the defensive.
The unexpected energy bill maneuver gives San Joaquin Valley lawmakers a third vehicle they might propel all the way to the White House. At the least, it builds up steam for the GOP drive to boost California water storage and divert more irrigation deliveries to Valley farms.
“Farmers, families and entire communities are...
Ag Today Monday, May 23, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Lodians weigh in on farmworker overtime bill
By Joe Benapfl
California Assembly members recently introduced legislation that would require agricultural workers to be paid overtime after working more than 40 hours per week. But local officials and agricultural business leaders contend that the bill has the potential to hurt, rather than help, laborers.
Assembly Bill AB 2757, “Agricultural workers: wages, hours, and working conditions,” was introduced Feb. 19 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego). The bill would incrementally reduce the number of hours an agricultural employee can work without receiving 1.5x overtime pay.
Currently, farmworkers can work up to...