Government http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6101/more en Legislative effort pulled on California water issues http://westernfarmpress.com/government/legislative-effort-pulled-california-water-issues <div class="field-byline"> Commentary by Mike Wade, California Farm Water Coalition </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Potential Feinstein legislation could have addressed loss of irrigation water to Pacific Ocean</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/legislative-effort-pulled-california-water-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/legislative-effort-pulled-california-water-issues#comments Government Drought Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:29:00 +0000 154401 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Shasta Lake holds over 4.5 million acre feet of water when full. The tower is evidence that the lake is more than 120 feet below its capacity in a drought year that saw a considerable amount of reservoir water released to ostensibly help fish in the Sacramento River Delta.</p> Who determines the value of carbon credits? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/who-determines-value-carbon-credits <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The buzz about carbon credits has been a steady, but relatively low hum in my estimation. The discussion needs to be taken beyond the visceral, new-idea level where thoughts are cool from a political perspective until you dig into them on a logical and philosophical level.</p> <p><a href="http://plantingseedsblog.cdfa.ca.gov/wordpress/?p=7207">From a blog by the California Department of Food and Agriculture</a> comes a notice that the USDA gave money (government code speak: grant) to &ldquo;create a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands.&rdquo;</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/who-determines-value-carbon-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/who-determines-value-carbon-credits#comments Government Regulations Farm Press Blog Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:37:00 +0000 154201 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Can agriculture be a good source of carbon credits for industries that create greenhouse gasses?</p> Conservation Stewardship Program changes proposed http://westernfarmpress.com/government/conservation-stewardship-program-changes-proposed <div class="field-deck"> Comment deadline Jan. 5 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">USDA proposes changes to Conservation Stewardship Program; opens public comment period with Federal Register filing</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/conservation-stewardship-program-changes-proposed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/conservation-stewardship-program-changes-proposed#comments Government Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:09:00 +0000 153921 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The USDA proposes&nbsp;changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program and is seeking public comment through Jan. 5.</p> FSA County Committee elections underway http://westernfarmpress.com/government/fsa-county-committee-elections-underway-0 <div class="node-body article-body">The USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the current Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. Completed ballots must be mailed to FSA by Dec. 1. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/fsa-county-committee-elections-underway-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/fsa-county-committee-elections-underway-0#comments Government USDA Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:41:00 +0000 153791 at http://westernfarmpress.com 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