Government http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6101/more en NRCS seeks farmers willing to flood farm fields http://westernfarmpress.com/government/nrcs-seeks-farmers-willing-flood-farm-fields <div class="field-deck"> Six Sacramento Valley counties eligible for program to help migratory birds </div> <div class="node-body article-body">NRCS wants farmers willing to flood fields to help migratory birds along Pacific Flyway</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/nrcs-seeks-farmers-willing-flood-farm-fields" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/nrcs-seeks-farmers-willing-flood-farm-fields#comments Government Drought Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:04:00 +0000 153641 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The NRCS seeks farmers in six Sacramento Valley counties willing to flood farm fields this winter to help the millions of migratory birds that use farmland beneath the Pacific Flyway as winter habitat.</p> Photo courtesy Leslie Morris Photography Farm Bill safety-net provisions require careful planning http://westernfarmpress.com/government/farm-bill-safety-net-provisions-require-careful-planning <div class="field-deck"> Several new programs available </div> <div class="node-body article-body">New Farm Bill programs offer variety of safety net opportunities for California growers</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/farm-bill-safety-net-provisions-require-careful-planning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/farm-bill-safety-net-provisions-require-careful-planning#comments Government Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:14:00 +0000 153631 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack toured California ahead of the 2014 Farm Bill passage to assure growers that programs in the new legislation would benefit them.</p> What happens when false premises set public policy? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-happens-when-false-premises-set-public-policy <div class="node-body blog-body">Political leaders unwilling to set aside political bias in scientific discussions should be voted out or removed from office</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-happens-when-false-premises-set-public-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-happens-when-false-premises-set-public-policy#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:13:00 +0000 153561 at http://westernfarmpress.com ACP quarantines spreading through California http://westernfarmpress.com/government/acp-quarantines-spreading-through-california <div class="node-body article-body">Asian citrus psyllid discoveries spread throughout California</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/acp-quarantines-spreading-through-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/acp-quarantines-spreading-through-california#comments Government Citrus Conditions and Diseases Crops Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:10:00 +0000 153531 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The assymetrical yellowing of citrus leaves, as shown here, can be symptomatic of citrus greening, or Huanglongbing.&nbsp;Lab tests&nbsp;will be required to determine whether the tree is infected with HLB.</p> South Bakersfield latest to join ACP quarantine http://westernfarmpress.com/government/south-bakersfield-latest-join-acp-quarantine <div class="node-body article-body">Asian citrus psyllid quarantine covers much of south Bakersfield</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/south-bakersfield-latest-join-acp-quarantine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/south-bakersfield-latest-join-acp-quarantine#comments Government Government Citrus Foliar insects Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:33:00 +0000 153511 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Various life stages of the Asian citrus psyllid on a citrus leaf include the adults (dark-colored), and nymphs, which excrete the white, waxy substance as part of their feeding process.</p> Sirens, chase turn field day into harrowing experience http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sirens-chase-turn-field-day-harrowing-experience <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We have heard for years that agriculture is the most dangerous occupation amid the many hazards involved in planting, nurturing, harvesting, processing, and transporting a crop for delivery to the grocery store and in the end the consumer&rsquo;s table.</p> <p>This fall, a group of growers found them facing an even more unexpected dangerous situation &ndash; drug smuggling.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sirens-chase-turn-field-day-harrowing-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sirens-chase-turn-field-day-harrowing-experience#comments Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:54:00 +0000 153151 at http://westernfarmpress.com Could USGS data help California with groundwater law? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/could-usgs-data-help-california-groundwater-law <div class="node-body blog-body">California needs good science to understand underground aquifers. The USGS just might have that information.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/could-usgs-data-help-california-groundwater-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/could-usgs-data-help-california-groundwater-law#comments Government Legislation Farm Press Blog Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:16:00 +0000 153061 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The US Geological Society not only studies the major collision zones of tectonic plates; it studies water issues as well.</p> Several California crops harvest ahead of schedule http://westernfarmpress.com/government/several-california-crops-harvest-ahead-schedule <div class="node-body article-body">Almonds and peaches harvest ahead of schedule in California</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/several-california-crops-harvest-ahead-schedule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/several-california-crops-harvest-ahead-schedule#comments Government Crops Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:47:00 +0000 152821 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Kings County walnut grower Doug Verboon sweeps walnuts after a second shake on his half-century old Serr variety near Hanford.</p> CDFA offers grants to fund water-efficient technology http://westernfarmpress.com/government/cdfa-offers-grants-fund-water-efficient-technology <div class="node-body article-body">California grant program to help fund installation of water-efficient technology on farms</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/cdfa-offers-grants-fund-water-efficient-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/cdfa-offers-grants-fund-water-efficient-technology#comments Government Gold Government Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:56:00 +0000 152721 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California farmers can apply for a state grant to purchase&nbsp;water-saving technology.</p> California water board wants higher WDR fees http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-water-board-wants-higher-wdr-fees <div class="field-deck"> Ag groups outraged over rapid increase of permit prices </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California Water Resources Control Board wants more fees to cover regulatory efforts</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-water-board-wants-higher-wdr-fees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-water-board-wants-higher-wdr-fees#comments Government Regulations Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:23:00 +0000 152691 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Felicia Marcus, left, is the chair of the California State Resources Water Control Board. Her agency recently voted to raise waste discharge permit fees to agricultural operations in California.</p>