Ag Today Thursday, May 5, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Growing psyllid problem prompts public meetings
By David Castellon
A public meeting will be held today for California Department of Food and Agriculture officials to discuss their plans to spray a northwest Visalia neighborhood for Asian citrus psyllids after two of the insects were found there.
But before that meeting, the CDFA will hold a separate meeting in Tulare starting this morning — followed by a second on Friday — to get input from growers, packers, nursery operators and other members of the commercial citrus industry to discuss possible changes in California’s regulations to prevent the spread of...
Ag Today Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Rash of psyllid finds reported
By Rick Elkins
Five psyllids in past week
It is expected the discovery of Asian citrus psyllids would increase when trees have new growth like they have now, but the number of discoveries the past 45 days is alarming.
Since March 1, there have been 15 separate discoveries of the tiny pest that can carry the citrus disease huanglongbing (HLB). Of those, five have been discovered in the past 10 days, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita reported Tuesday.
All of the pest have been found on traps and no live psyllids have been...
Ag Today Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Central Valley Business Journal
What California could learn from Oregon’s minimum wage compromise
By Kent Hohlfeld
STOCKTON — This is a story about two similar states, one problem and two very different ways the state legislatures found to deal with the issue.
California and Oregon, despite their population differences, share more than just a border. Early in 2016, both states’ legislatures decided their minimum wages were too low. Both states had ballot measures that threatened to raise the wage to $15 per hour across the state.
Both Oregon and California have many of the same political dynamics. Both are heavily Democratic,...
Ag Today Monday, May 2, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
Judge refuses to halt Delta land sale to Southern California agency
By Dale Kasler
A judge has refused to block a Southern California water agency’s controversial purchase of five islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Judge Barbara Kronlund in San Joaquin Superior Court declined to grant a temporary restraining order Friday to officials from San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties, who sued two weeks ago to keep the Metropolitan Water District from completing its $175 million purchase of the five islands.
Kronlund’s ruling doesn’t end the litigation, however. The deal’s opponents, including two environmental groups, will press the judge...
Ag Today Friday, April 29, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
Sonora Union Democrat
Rim Fire recovery plan released
By Guy McCarthy
Federal custodians of the Stanislaus National Forest are publishing a plan today detailing how they intend to stimulate recovery from the gigantic 2013 Rim Fire that destroyed 400 square miles of mountain watersheds more than two years ago.
“Recovery from an event like the Rim Fire takes years,” Jeanne Higgins, supervisor for the Stanislaus National Forest, said Thursday in Sonora. “Recovery from the 1987 Stanislaus Complex Fire took about 10 years. This is a long-term investment in recovering this landscape.”
The plan documents specific actions Higgins has decided on with...
Ag Today Thursday, April 28, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Mendocino County suspends predator control program to settle lawsuit
By Glenda Anderson
Mendocino County is suspending its longstanding contract with federal wildlife trappers while it reviews its program to combat predators, which includes trapping and killing wild animals and dogs that kill livestock, cause property damage or pose a public safety threat, such as rabies.
The decision was made last week to settle a 2015 lawsuit filed by animal rights groups over the county’s $144,000 annual contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s trapping program, which has operated in the county for nearly three decades.
Ag Today Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Butte County supervisors back Proposition 1 funding for Sites Reservoir
By Ryan Olson
Oroville >> Despite some reservations, the Butte County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a conditional letter of support for the Sites Reservoir project.
The letter, to be sent to the California Water Commission and the Sites Joint Powers Authority, called for using Proposition 1 money to further investigate the off-stream project west of the Sacramento River in Colusa and Glenn counties.
Voters approved Proposition 1 in 2014 to issue $7.12 billion in bonds for water projects, including $2.7 billion for new water storage.
There has been an...
Ag Today Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
California water board denies bias claims in Delta tunnels dispute
By Ryan Sabalow
Two members of the state board that will play a crucial role in the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta rebuffed demands from a south state water agency that they disqualify themselves from upcoming hearings on the issue.
On Monday, State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus and board member Tam Doduc said there was no merit to a claim filed last month by the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority...
Ag Today Monday, April 25, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
Lawsuit accuses regulators of loosening Sacramento Delta water rules
By Ryan Sabalow
Three environmentalist groups filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that to increase water flowing to farms and cities, state and federal regulators in the drought have repeatedly relaxed water-quality standards on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the detriment of its wild fish species.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco claims the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to enforce the Clean Water Act.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, The Bay Institute and Defenders of Wildlife say they sued in response to nearly two dozen decisions...
Ag Today Friday, April 22, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
NBC Bay Area
South Bay Farms Ditch Growing Strawberries Due to Costs, Lack of Workers
Farmers believe the price of strawberries will rise because it is such a delicate crop that is getting harder to produce and harvest.
By Damian Trujillo
Strawberries are becoming too expensive to produce in the South Bay due to increasing production costs and a lack of affordable and available workers.
Farmers believe the price of strawberries will rise because it is such a delicate crop that is getting harder to produce and harvest. An area farm owner blames a broken immigration system for depleting the supply...