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UC Davis seeks to turn little water into wine

November 19, 2015The main vineyard at the University of California, Davis, currently relies on 4 to 6 gallons of water to produce each gallon of wine. As soon as next year, researchers hope new technologies can reduce that vineyard demand to as little as 1 gallon of water per gallon of wine. As California endures its fourth year of drought, the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology on Thursday showed off…Read more

USDA Announces September Hearing on Proposal to Establish a Federal Milk Marketing Order

November 19, 2015The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced it will hold a hearing starting on Tuesday,  September 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building, 808 Fourth Street, Clovis, to discuss a proposal to establish a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO). Dairy operators are highly encouraged to attend and take an active role in shaping a potential milk pricing system.   The public hearing is being held to…Read more

Poll: Americans favor farmers over industry, wildlife & residential use during drought

November 19, 2015When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. The national survey provides a glimpse into how Americans think water should be managed at a time when abnormally dry weather has afflicted swaths of the country, and water shortages in some states have led to conflict over who should get water…Read more

Twelve counties produce 25 percent of U.S. milk

November 19, 2015Just how much has our industry consolidated? It took only 12 counties to produce 25 percent of our nation’s milk last December. By casting a slightly wider net, 56 counties were responsible for producing half of the U.S. milk needs, according to research conducted by the Central Federal Milk Marketing Order administrators. An expanded list of 180 counties produced 75 percent of the nation’s milk. There is one caveat to…Read more

States to sue Obama administration over climate rules

November 19, 2015A coalition of conservative states wasted little time Monday in promising to sue the Obama administration to stop its climate rules for power plants. The states, led by West Virginia, believe the rules are “fundamentally flawed and illegal” and intend to go to court to prove their case. “The final rule announced Monday blatantly disregards the rule of law and will severely harm West Virginia and the U.S. economy,” Patrick…Read more

Pacific Trade Talks End With No Deal

November 19, 2015High-level efforts to complete a major Pacific trade agreement ended Friday without resolution amid deep differences over trade in dairy and other products. U.S. and other officials had hoped to wrap up the final contours of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership this week. Officials in a statement said they made “significant progress” and would work further on a deal, without specifying a future meeting. “The sad thing is, it’s 98% concluded,”Australia’s…Read more

California Senators Introduce Emergency Drought Relief Legislation

November 19, 2015California Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D) and Barbara Boxer (D) introduced emergency drought legislation on Wednesday aimed at helping communities facing severe water shortages and supporting new water projects in the parched state. Key provisions of the California Emergency Drought Relief Act will assist rural and disadvantaged drought-stricken communities with a new USDA program, seek federal support for desalination projects, promote the building of new reservoirs, support water recycling projects, increase…Read more

‘My Job Depends on Ag’ strikes marketing gold

November 19, 2015Valley residents Stephen Malanca and Erik Wilson were fed up with claims that farmers use too much water and do more damage than good to the environment. They were also frustrated that many residents, even as close as San Francisco, had no idea of the scope of Valley farming and how much it’s connected to other major businesses, thus playing a large role in the success of California’s economy. So…Read more

Five questions crucial to future of California drought legislation

November 19, 2015The House of Representatives’ passage Thursday of an ambitious and controversial California water bill now starts a round of maneuvering that will show whether a divided Congress can get its act together and legislate. There’s reason for skepticism. Start with the general gridlock and incessant partisanship that has earned Congress a 79 percent public disapproval rate. Add to this the inherent regional conflicts, historical baggage and technical complications that surround…Read more

State issues first action to enforce a water rights curtailment

November 19, 2015State regulators Thursday took another step in the escalating battle over drought-related curtailments of thousands of California water rights. The State Water Resources Control Board issued a draft cease-and-desist order against the West Side Irrigation District of Tracy, which holds junior rights to some flows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The board alleges that inspectors found the district was continuing to withdraw water from the delta's Old River even after…Read more