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 www.agalert.com. 


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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AgAlert is the California Farm Bureau Federation’s weekly publication. If you want to know what’s going on in agriculture, it’s a great resource, free to members of the Los Angeles County Farm Bureau (there are 53 county bureaus, so you can join whichever makes sense for you). It covers topics from all aspects of farming and agriculture. This past year it’s been about water, water, and water - but here’s a sampling of the bee-related headlines from the past 6 months:

 
7/23/2014 – Beekeepers, specialists train regulators on bee health
8/6/2014 – Cheesemakers see rising demand for specialty products – cheese goes great with honey, another specialty product
8/13/2014 – Citrus growers, shippers get OK to resume China exports
                Fruit association has new name – these are the people you pollinate for
                UC research project could yield “ladderless orchards” - do bees like shorter trees? Will it result in a wider variety of crops?
8/20/2014 – Drought boosts sales of native, water-saving plants – are they bee friendly varieties? Can’t be bad for native pollinators!
8/27/2014 – Stone-fruit growers near end of “nervous, difficult year” – drought could mean fewer orchards, fewer pollination contracts
                USDA seeks comments on honey
9/3/2014 – Strawberry growers rid soil of diseases – fewer chemicals being applied => better for bees
9/10/2014 – Beekeepers say drought may lead to “grim” honey crop
                Parasitoids provide effective biocontrol of stinkbugs – again, fewer chemicals => better for bees
9/17/2014 – In dry times, safflower becomes a more attractive crop – bees like safflower…
10/8/2014 – Local-food efforts earn USDA funds – Farmers Market and Local Food promotion programs
10/15/2014 – Young leader “loves everything about farming” – get to know a Ventura County citrus grower
                USDA announces changes to small farm loan program – microloans can help start-ups
10/22/2014 – “Best practices” for almonds aim to protect bees
                Spread of citrus psyllid adds to growers’ concerns
                 Urban farmers can find UC resources on website
10/29/2014 – Citrus psyllid quarantines add Santa Clara County
11/5/2014 – FSA offices provide aid for losses from drought– including bees through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program
11/12/2014 – “Citrus strong” program aims to aid communication
12/17/2014 – Almond conference focuses on water availability (but includes pictures of our past president Bill Lewis, and the folk from Project Apis m.)
                FSA improves crop insurance for several specialty crops – including honey
12/24/2014 – Hedgerows can offer multiple benefits to growers – and beekeepers
                First Place contest photos include swarm removal
1/7/2015 – Farmers protect citrus crop from freezing weather
1/14/2015 – Beekeeper, landowner help thwart theft attempt
                Bee-breeding course to be held
                Farm Bureau Policies 2015 include No. 13 Honey and Apiculture and No. 58 Bee Protection (can't find an online link, sadly)
                Chinese citrus imports may rise because of tree disease
1/21/2015 – UC farm advisors report on weed control options
1/28/2015 – UC tests avocado varieties for San Joaquin Valley – bees like avocado…
                Award recognizes efforts to benefit honey bee health
                New area comes under quarantine [Asian citrus psyllid]
2/4/2015 – New “management areas” form to fight citrus pest
2/11/2015 – Drought disaster declared – emergency loans, and again, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program
2/18/2015 – USDA funds projects that target citrus greening
                Bee pathogens attack year-round
                Pesticide safety brochures available in many languages
2/25/2015 – Almond growers consider beekeeping – cover article, as mentioned in our March meeting
                Grants aim to aid groups of farmers
 

Ag Alert February 4, 2015

Ag Alert  By Robert Giblin  February 4, 2015

The latest issue of Ag Alert® is now available online. Our Feb. 4 issue includes special reports onVegetables and we continue our California Water Crisis series. You can read full content of the newspaper by logging in to www.agalert.com. 

Water rights: Farmers prepare for possibility of new curtailments 
When it came, the notice was disappointing but not surprising: The State Water Resources Control Board warned farmers, ranchers and other people with water rights to prepare for another round of curtailments in 2015. Coming off a year that resulted in water cutbacks to farms even in the North State that historically enjoyed more secured supplies, some farmers say they are planning early for another year of possible reductions. Read more...

Flood plan could require more land as habitat 
A long-term plan intended to improve flood protection in the Central Valley would affect tens of thousands of additional acres, including farmland that could be converted to permanent wildlife habitat, according to figures released in a new draft conservation strategy document from the California Department of Water Resources. Read more...

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