Ag Today July 17, 2018
As Cost of Trade War Grows, Farmers Stick With Trump—for Now
By Alan Bjerga and Mario Parker, Bloomberg
July 17, 2018, 1:00 AM PDT
President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China, Mexico and Canada are already eroding the value of American agricultural production, with soybean growers alone expected to lose at least $3.2 billion during the next crop season.
But many farmers -- including some whose incomes are plunging as exports stall -- are sticking by the man they helped vote into office. They’d just like him to win the trade war quickly, before the fall harvest starts compounding the problem in a couple...
Ag Today July 18, 2018
More bad news for monarch butterflies — study shows climate change’s devastating effect
Peter Fimrite July 18, 2018 Updated: July 18, 2018 6 a.m., The San Francisco Chronicle
Rising levels of carbon dioxide from car and factory exhaust — which scientists say is the primary cause of global warming — could contribute to the killing off of monarch butterflies by reducing the medicinal qualities of the plants they eat, a new study has found.
The University of Michigan experiment, co-authored by a Stanford University scientist, found that higher carbon dioxide levels reduced a natural toxin in milkweed that feeding caterpillars utilize to fight...
Ag Today July 16, 2018
Why California business leaders are fighting to save the gas tax increase
BY ALEXEI KOSEFF, The Sacramento Bee
July 16, 2018 12:01 AM
It’s not often the California Chamber of Commerce endorses a tax increase.
You are more likely to see such legislative proposals – on high-income earners, on services, on corporations — make the “job killers” list that the state’s largest business advocacy organization puts out each year to beat back bills it doesn’t like.
But when Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers last year passed a measure raising fees on transportation fuels and vehicle registration to pay for road repairs, it was because...
Ag Today July 13, 2018
The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water
BY DALE KASLER AND PHILLIP REESE, The Sacramento Bee
July 13, 2018 03:55 AM
Completed during Harry Truman’s presidency, the Friant-Kern Canal has been a workhorse in California’s elaborate man-made water-delivery network. It’s a low-tech concrete marvel that operates purely on gravity, capable of efficiently piping billions of gallons of water to cities and farms on a 152-mile journey along the east side of the fertile San Joaquin Valley.
The Friant-Kern has been crippled by a phenomenon known as subsidence. The canal is sinking as the Valley floor beneath...
Ag Today July 12, 2018
Water Officials Call for More Water to Restore Salmon Migration
Brian German, Ag Net West
The State Water Resources Control Board released a plan to help restore salmon migration by increasing the amount of water flowing through the Lower San Joaquin River and Southern Delta. That water would come at the expense of agricultural producers who depend on those tributaries to irrigate crops.
Salmon Migration“We’re really talking about pulling water out of the hands of longtime users in pursuit of fishery goals that, you know, may be questionable,” said Chris Scheuring, an environmental attorney with the California Farm Bureau Federation. “Agriculture and urban...
Ag Today July 11, 2018
State water plan could cut into Central Valley farm production
by Emma Goss, Eyewitness NewsTuesday, July 10th 2018
BAKERSFIELD, Calif (KBAK/KBFX) - The plan to save a declining salmon population in Northern California comes with a cost to Central Valley farmers.
After nine years of research, the California State Water Control Board is finalizing a plan to help bring the salmon population back, after sharply declining by 90 percent in recent years.
"The conditions are very degraded," said Erin Foresman, supervisory senior environmental scientist for the State Water Board.
Dams and other changes to their habitat have removed many areas of water where salmon go...
Ag Today July 10, 2018
California Almond Farmers Brace for China Tariffs
POSTED 7:21 PM, JULY 9, 2018, BY KAY RECEDE, Fox 40
STANISLAUS COUNTY -- Almond farmers have faced freezing temperatures, drought and other uncertainty over the years.
Yet, despite the setbacks, according to the Department of Agriculture, the late July harvest is expected to be record-breaking. But challenges lie ahead.
"Every farmer’s going to feel it. To the extent, a little bit yet to be determined," said almond farmer Jake Wenger.
The ongoing trade war with China and the president’s threat to raise tariffs with the country could mean potential hardships on farmers.
"I don’t know that the impacts will be great...
Ag Today July 9, 2018
California dairy farmers, part of Trump's base, stand to get creamed by his trade war
BY STUART LEAVENWORTH, McClatchy DC Bureau
July 06, 2018 03:22 PM
They voted for Donald Trump after he promised to protect American agriculture and reduce regulations. But many U.S. dairy farmers are now stinging from the trade war he's launched, particularly those in California's Central Valley, who have built their livelihoods on exports to Mexico, China and other markets.
President Trump's tariffs on Canada, Mexico and China have prompted retaliatory actions, making it harder for U.S. farmers to export their products, depressing prices and adding to a glut of...
Ag Today July 5, 2018
In Tariff Fight With Trump, China Scraps Plan to Strike First
By Lingling Wei
Updated July 5, 2018 10:32 a.m. ET
The Wall Street Journal
BEIJING—As the U.S. and China gear up to slap each other with tariffs Friday, Beijing’s leadership faced the thorny question of whether to strike first, or let Washington take the lead.
In response to the Trump administration’s plan to impose tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese products starting 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Friday, China pledged to retaliate with levies of the same value at the same time. But since Beijing is 12 time zones ahead of Washington, that meant China planned to put...
Ag Today July 3, 2018
China says "fully prepared" if trade war kicks off this week
BY GERRY SHIH
July 03, 2018 05:14 AM
China said Tuesday it's "fully prepared" for a trade war with the United States as hopes dwindle for a breakthrough in tensions this week between the world's two biggest economies.
Washington is due to start charging tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports as of Friday while Beijing has pledged to retaliate with equal tariffs on $34 billion in U.S. goods.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that China is "fully prepared to take a package of necessary measures" to safeguard its national interests.