Ag Today August 1, 2018
Proposal To Increase Delta Water Flows Causes Contention Between Farmers, Fisheries
Nadine Sebai, Capital Public Radio
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | Sacramento, CA
Following nine years of research, a California agency has proposed to increase water flows in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. But the decision is causing contention between farmers and fisheries.
The California State Water Resources Control Board says the proposal will prevent an ecological crisis, including the total collapse of fisheries. About 70,000 fall-run Chinook salmon adults returned to the San Joaquin Basin in 1984, but that number fell to just 8,000 in 2014.
In response, more than 50 agricultural, water and...
Ag Today July 31, 2018
Got almond milk? You might have to start calling it something else
BY DALE KASLER July 31, 2018 03:55 AM, The Sacramento Bee
Almond milk is a hit with consumers across the country — and a sweet success for Sacramento’s Blue Diamond Growers in particular.
Blue Diamond’s Almond Breeze has helped turn a quiet agricultural cooperative into a commercially savvy household brand. The beverage, introduced to consumers in the late ’90s, has opened up new markets for Blue Diamond and the 3,000 Central Valley almond farmers who own it.
One problem, though: The federal government has taken issue with how Almond Breeze and others...
Ag Today July 30, 2018
Trump's trade battles rattle some Tulare County farmers. Others say it's just bluffing
Luis Hernandez and James Ward, Visalia Times-Delta
Published 3:28 p.m. PT July 27, 2018
Tulare County agricultural producers are split on how the Trump administration’s trade policies have or will affect their bottom lines.
While some say tariffs are already lowering prices, other producers said they believe the impact is being exaggerated.
At least one agricultural industry observer said President Donald Trump is using tariffs as a negotiation ploy to get better trade deals.
"What Trump is doing is using tariffs in the bluffing stage,” said Thomas Amaro, president of Pacific Ag consulting.
Ag Today July 27, 2018
Trump Administration Tries to Ease Republican Worries About Trade Fights
By Siobhan Hughes and Jacob M. Schlesinger, The Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2018 7:59 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration on Thursday touted its truce with Europe to nervous lawmakers as evidence that its trade policies are starting to show results, but Republicans pushed the administration to accelerate efforts to find similar solutions on other trade fronts.
President Trump flew to the agricultural and industrial Midwest Thursday to highlight what he said are the emerging successes from his hardball trade tactics, such as reopened steel mills protected by tariffs and European pledges to buy...
Ag Today July 26, 2018
California could see little of $12 billion federal farm aid
Roland Li July 25, 2018 - The San Francisco Chronicle
California stands to gain little from a $12 billion federal aid package for U.S. farmers facing new tariffs, according to state agriculture groups.
The three-pronged program, set to begin in the fall, includes direct financial support for farmers, government purchases of excess crops for food banks and other programs, and more marketing funds.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said producers of “soybeans, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy and hogs” would qualify for direct aid. That appears to largely benefit Midwestern states, said Richard Waycott,...
Ag Today July 25, 2018
California’s largest reservoir project in decades gets an $800 million boost. But is it feasible?
BY DALE KASLER AND RYAN SABALOW, The Sacramento Bee
July 24, 2018 12:15 PM
California officials Tuesday awarded $816 million in voter-approved bond money to build Sites Reservoir, an hour north of Sacramento, providing a financial boost for what would become the largest water storage project built in the state since the 1970s.
Approved by the State Water Commission, the funds were the most given to any of the eight projects across California under consideration for a part of the $2.7 billion Proposition 1 water bond. Voters passed the...
Trump Administration Plans Up to $12 Billion in Farm Aid to Ease Concerns Over Trade Disputes
By Vivian Salama
Updated July 24, 2018 2:10 p.m. ET, The Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration on Tuesday is expected announce a plan to extend some $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers amid growing concerns that the U.S. agricultural sector could suffer from President Donald Trump’s escalating trade dispute with allies, a person familiar with the matter said.
The trade rift between the U.S. and some of its closest allies has prompted retaliations and legal actions following President Trump’s decision earlier this year to impose tariffs...
Ag Today July 23, 208
Interior Secretary Zinke visits reservoirs, signaling federal interest in water fight
BY KEN CARLSON
July 20, 2018 04:54 PM
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke paid a visit Friday to two reservoirs that are embroiled in an intense fight over water allocations in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
The visit from a high-level official in the Trump administration raised hopes from local farmers and irrigation districts that federal intervention will stop a state Water Board proposal to allocate more water from New Melones and Don Pedro reservoirs to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The state proposal also calls for increased Merced River flows.
Zinke was accompanied...
Ag Today July 20, 2018
From apples to almonds, looming tariffs from India could hurt West Coast growers
Jeff Daniels, CNBC
Published 4:24 PM ET Thu, 19 July 2018
American fresh apple and tree nut producers could see a bigger bite out of their export business starting next month if India follows through with its threat to impose retaliatory duties in response to U.S. imported steel tariffs.
India notified the World Trade Organization back in May it planned to implement tariffs on a variety of U.S. products, including walnuts, almonds and apples, in retaliation for President Donald Trump's duties on steel and aluminum imports. India is the second-largest destination...
Ag Today July 19, 2018
Frustrated US lawmakers threaten action on Trump’s tariffs
BY KEVIN FREKING
July 18, 2018 12:58 PM
Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration's reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs.
A senior Republican senator has threatened legislation to curb President Donald Trump's trade actions, and other senators joined him on Wednesday in promising a complementary bill. Meanwhile, lawmakers are using congressional hearings to put the spotlight on the economic fallout for local farmers and businesses.
The prospects for any votes on trade legislation before the August recess are dim. Still, lawmakers appear...