Ag Alert: July 8, Special Issue on Irrigation, Vegetables, and California Water Crisis

The latest issue of Ag Alert® is now available online. Our July 8 special issue on Irrigation includes special reports on Vegetables, and we continue our California Water Crisis series. You can read full content of the newspaper by logging in to 

New Melones Reservoir on the Stanislaus River held only 17 percent of its capacity-or about 26 percent of its average for the date-when this photo was taken, July 3. 
Photo/Dave Kranz

More restrictions hit state's water supplies 

As water supplies deteriorate around California, already-tight supplies are being cut further, some water-right holders are challenging curtailment of their supplies, agencies continue to assess the impact of unforeseen restrictions on Lake Shasta, and members of Congress are promoting legislation intended to make the state's water more reliable. Read more...

Farm groups mount challenges to 'waters' rule 

Now that the federal waters of the U.S. rule has been finalized with publication in the Federal Register, agricultural and other groups are gaining insight on what the rule will mean once it takes effect on Aug. 28--and planning both legal and legislative challenges to its implementation. Read more...

Commentary: Here's how to be politically active for agriculture 

As farmers and ranchers are well aware, political representation in California continues to shift from rural areas to more urbanized areas. That change in representation can lead to changes in laws and regulations that make it increasingly difficult for agricultural businesses to conduct their day-to-day operations. Read more...

Other headlines from this week's Ag Alert:

  • California Bountiful TV program earns awards
  • To stay in the dairy business, farmers diversify
  • From the Fields
  • Task force discusses effects of new groundwater law
  • Onion crop paves the way for planting garlic
  • Lender assesses potential drought damage to farming
  • CAPCA schedules education events
  • Specialist describes drought management of alfalfa
  • Emergency state rules allow removal of dead, dying trees
  • Research focuses on water efficiency in rice production
  • Fresno State research looks at orchard water efficiency
  • Drought, lack of chilling reduce state's almond crop
  • Almond Board invests in research
  • Rice leaders in training
  • Study checks pest lure
  • MPP enrollment opens
  • New use approved for fungicide

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