Ag Today August 8, 2019
How California is leading the food security fight [KCRA TV, Sacramento]
...California has become a leader in agriculture practices that work to produce food while slowing the pace of climate change. The programs in place, experts said, could translate nationally and internationally....Ross: The practices that we are starting to see being embraced here can happen on a global basis. We are working here in California....Houlton: Our farmers are the most innovative you’ll find anywhere in the planet, and they’re working to conserve water using drones and sensors.
Opinion: Farmers don’t need to read the science. We are living it. [New York Times]
Ag Today August 8, 2019
UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future [Associated Press]
Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth’s land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious….But if people change the way they eat, grow food and manage forests, it could help save the planet from a far warmer future, scientists said.
US-China trade war is hurting farmers, but they’re sticking with Trump [CNBC]
…Farmers are one of the most visible casualties of...
Ag Today August 7, 2019
Three new wolf pups born in Northern California [San Jose Mercury News]
…At least three new wolf pups were born in mid-April to the Lassen Pack, a group of gray wolves that has been roaming Lassen and Plumas counties in the rural northeast corner of the state, according to officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife….Environmentalists called the latest news about the pups a positive step forward….The animals, which have been linked to five attacks on calves this year in Lassen, Siskiyou and Plumas counties, are a source of consternation for some rural ranchers and farmers….“The Farm Bureau is...
Ag Today August 6,2019
China deals ‘body blow’ to struggling U.S. Farm Belt [Wall Street Journal]
The U.S. Farm Belt braced for deeper pain from the escalating trade battle between the world’s two biggest economies after China said it would suspend all imports of U.S. agricultural goods. China’s move will affect farmers raising fuzzy green soybean pods in Illinois, milking cows in California and feeding hogs in North Carolina, all of whom have seen business suffer as a result of tariffs that Chinese officials implemented last year. China’s suspension of U.S. farm purchases is a “body blow” to U.S. farmers and ranchers, said Zippy Duvall,...
Ag Today August 5, 2019
In agriculture rich California, the state fair is facing an uncertain future [Palm Springs Desert Sun]
…With few exceptions, ticket sales have been on the decline for years, and what was once considered a central connection between the rural and urban communities sprawling across the state is now struggling to survive….An audit released in June shows Cal Expo, the state-run agency that oversees and operates the fair, has been forced to deploy drastic cost-cutting measures that include a hiring freeze and a stop on “non-essential” spending on equipment purchasing and repairs….The cuts have heavily impacted the organization's ability to expand the...
Ag today August 2, 2019
Trump imposes new 10% tariff on Chinese goods as trade talks stall [Los Angeles Times]
Barely one month after agreeing to a ceasefire in his trade war with China, President Trump on Thursday loaded up the tariffs again in a surprise announcement that he would slap 10% duties on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods starting Sept. 1. In a series of tweets, Trump suggested he was taking the step in response to the slow-moving trade negotiations, which resumed this week, and China’s lack of action. He accused President Xi Jinping of not following through on agreements to purchase...
Ag Today August 1, 2019
Judge orders Westlands to stop work on Shasta Dam raise [Redding Record Searchlight]
A judge has ordered a Fresno-based water district to stop working on plans to raise the height of Shasta Dam. The Westlands Water District, which provides irrigation water to farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, was working on a report assessing the environmental impacts of raising the height of the dam. But a judge ruled that Westlands' work violated a state law that prohibited local and state agencies from participating in any projects that would have an adverse impact on the McCloud River….Bureau spokesman...
Ag Today July 31, 2019
California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up [Los Angeles Times]
…Converting farmland to solar farms also could be critical to meeting California’s climate change targets. That’s according to a new report from the Nature Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit….One takeaway from the report, released this week: California will need hundreds or maybe thousands of square miles of solar power production in the coming decades — and it would make sense to build one-third to one-half of that solar capacity on agricultural lands, mostly within the state….California has plenty of farmland that could be converted to solar panels without...
Ag Today July 30, 2019
Trump administration, Democrats make progress on new NAFTA [Associated Press]
Congressional Democrats appear to be moving from “no way” to “maybe” on President Donald Trump’s rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico. House Democrats have met four times with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, most recently on Friday, and both sides say they are making progress toward a deal that would clear the way for Congress to approve Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA….Talks could still fall apart. Meetings between congressional staffers and officials from Lighthizer’s office during Congress’ August recess could prove critical.
U.S.-China trade talks resume with no breakthroughs...
Ag Today July 29, 2019
U.S. and China resume trade negotiations with slim hopes for a deal [New York Times]
Trade talks between the United States and China resumed on Monday with prospects dimming for a transformative deal, as both sides appeared more focused on preventing tensions from escalating before the 2020 presidential election than on resolving their differences….Even that temporary truce has not unfolded as Mr. Trump planned. China has been preparing to make agricultural purchases, but Chinese officials insist that they did not promise to do so as a condition of the talks and instead saw any large-scale purchases as contingent on a final...