Ag Today Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Los Angeles Times
EPA bans a pesticide often used on almonds and other California crops
Federal regulators said Tuesday they will ban a pesticide widely used on California crops such as almonds and alfalfa, saying it imperils aquatic insects that are the food source of fish.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday filed an intent to cancel registration of all products containing flubendiamide, most commonly used in Belt, manufactured by Bayer CropScience, based in Germany. The chemical is also used in products made by Nichino America.
Canceling the registration would prohibit any further sales of products that include...
Ag Today Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Drought hasn't been all bad—we've learned some things too, California water chief says
By Peter H. King
It was the final Wednesday of a warm, dry February, and here as in much of California it seemed that spring had made an early arrival.
The sky was blue, temperatures mild. Almond and fruit trees were ablaze with blossoms. Along the highways, poppies were in full flower, competing for attention with ubiquitous Caltrans message boards that warned: "Severe drought/Limit Outdoor Watering."
Indeed, however pleasing in the abstract, the early turn of seasons has been not so welcome to those who...
Ag Today Monday, February 29, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Dry February drops snowpack below normal, drought pushing toward fifth year
By Rory Appleton
An extremely dry February has lowered the Sierra Nevada snowpack to below average levels, dashing hopes for an end to a drought that has gripped California for the last four years.
The Kings River Water Association reported Friday that unless “significant storm events resume soon and occur into the spring,” the drought will continue into its fifth year.
An El Niño-fueled wet December and January gave many hope that the drought had ended, but February has only brought 0.33 inches in precipitation to the Fresno...
Ag Today Friday, February 26, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Could El Niño turn into a dud for California?
By Phillip Reese, Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow
Sacramento is in the peak of its rainy season, but there is no substantial rain in the forecast. The Sierra snowpack has fallen below normal levels for this time of year. The state’s three largest reservoirs remain far below capacity.
Whither El Niño?
A winter season that began with considerable promise toward breaking the drought has given way to a staggeringly dry February. Despite heavy rain in January, the Sacramento area this season has seen just half as much precipitation as it...
Ag Today Thursday, February 25, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Palm Springs Desert Sun
California drought: State to increase water deliveries
By Ian James
California’s water outlook has improved a little as winter storms have brought snow to the mountains and boosted the levels of reservoirs across the state.
State regulators responded on Wednesday by increasing their estimate of how much water will flow through the canals and pipelines of the State Water Project to cities and farms this year.
The Department of Water Resources boosted projected water deliveries to 30 percent of full allotments, up from 15 percent a month earlier.
State officials initially had projected 10 percent in December and...
Ag Today Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
California water politics could get choppier with new House bill
By Michael Doyle
WASHINGTON - A Sacramento Valley Democrat revealed plans on Tuesday for a big new California water bill that likely will upset some of his colleagues and potentially affect water politics in the U.S. capital.
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said his proposal would provide for new dams, spur water transfers and fund emergency drought aid.
“I want to lay down a marker,” Garamendi said in an interview Tuesday evening, adding that “we can stake steps to address the drought immediately, and to take long-term measures.”
Ag Today Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
San Luis Obispo Tribune
Supervisors oppose spending SLO County funds to manage Paso water basin
BY David Sneed
If efforts to form a water management district for the Paso Robles groundwater basin fail, San Luis Obispo County supervisors say they would be very reluctant to spend any county general funds to manage the basin, opening the door for state water officials to step in and oversee the distressed aquifer.
When polled by The Tribune on Monday, all five supervisors also said that it is unlikely that they would support the county trying to get a new Proposition 218 vote on...
Ag Today Monday, February 22, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
New limits on California well-drilling sought
By Jeremy B. White
Warning that a drought-driven surge in well drilling is causing the earth to sag and imperiling long-term water supplies, a California senator wants to place more stringent limits on new wells.
In an effort sure to inflame ever-sensitive disputes over water rights, Senate Bill 1317, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would have people hoping to sink new wells in strained basins obtain conditional use permits and furnish proof that a new well would not have “undesirable impacts” like causing the earth to sink or dropping water levels too...
Ag Today Friday, February 19, 2016
Friday, February 19, 2016
Valley parents, activists ask state to look at interaction of pesticides as health hazard
By Barbara Anderson
ORANGE COVE - Parents and community activists say a new report shows fumigants widely used in the central San Joaquin Valley may pose a greater health risk when applied together, and on Thursday they urged the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to increase buffer zones around schools to protect children.
“Today, unfortunately, regulators are not taking into account the interactive effects of these fumigants,” said Angel Garcia, a community organizer with El Quinto Sol de America, a Lindsay-based nonprofit working to...
Ag Today Thursday, February 18, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Treat wildfires like other natural disasters
By Dianne Feinstein and Ken Pimlott
More than 10 million acres of forest burned in 2015, the worst year for U.S. wildfires ever recorded. With incredibly dry conditions across the American West, fire lines were intensely hot and flames spread faster, producing some of the most dangerous conditions firefighters have ever seen.
In the face of climate change and drought, longer and more severe fire seasons are to be expected. But last year the United States also suffered more catastrophic fires. These fires are natural disasters, as destructive as many hurricanes,...