Government http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6101/more en Is Sacramento short-sighted over sustainable water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sacramento-short-sighted-over-sustainable-water <div class="node-body blog-body">California still focused on short-term fixes to long-term water problems</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/sacramento-short-sighted-over-sustainable-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sacramento-short-sighted-over-sustainable-water#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 15 May 2015 00:25:00 +0000 158531 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The capitol building in Sacramento, Calif.</p> DPR: Overall Ag pesticide use up in California http://westernfarmpress.com/government/dpr-overall-ag-pesticide-use-california <div class="field-deck"> Fumigant, carcinogen use decreases </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Pesticide use is up in California though use of fumigants, carcinogens falls</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/dpr-overall-ag-pesticide-use-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/dpr-overall-ag-pesticide-use-california#comments Government Pesticides Thu, 14 May 2015 17:04:00 +0000 158511 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Overall pesticide use by California agriculture rose 3.7 percent in 2013, according to DPR.</p> New Arizona farm chief talks budget, water, GMOs http://westernfarmpress.com/government/new-arizona-farm-chief-talks-budget-water-gmos <div class="field-deck"> Ariz. Department of Agriculture Director Mark Killian </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mark Killian, tapped in April as the new director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA), is quickly finding a new home with his rural constituents on the issues and challenges which lay ahead for the Grand Canyon State&rsquo;s $17 billion farming industry.</p> <p>The Killian family has deep Arizona farming roots with more than a century in production agriculture.</p> <p>&ldquo;Agriculture has been a part of my life &ndash; I love it,&rdquo; said Killian, who grows cotton, wheat, and alfalfa and raises beef on about 1,700 acres in the state.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/new-arizona-farm-chief-talks-budget-water-gmos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/new-arizona-farm-chief-talks-budget-water-gmos#comments Government Drought Alfalfa Cotton Livestock Wheat Tue, 12 May 2015 15:56:00 +0000 158441 at http://westernfarmpress.com Mark Killian, right, Arizona Department of Agriculture director, visits with Tom Turner of The Catalyst Product Group following the director’s presentation at the 2015 Desert Ag Conference in Chandler, Ariz. American agriculture needs more allies http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/american-agriculture-needs-more-allies <div class="node-body blog-body">American agriculture needs more allies</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/american-agriculture-needs-more-allies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/american-agriculture-needs-more-allies#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Wed, 29 Apr 2015 03:18:00 +0000 158101 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>American agriculture needs allies in all sectors of society.</p> California streamlines south-of-Delta water transfers http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-streamlines-south-delta-water-transfers <div class="node-body article-body">State Water Resources Control Board streamlines water transfers between two major agencies that deliver water in California</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-streamlines-south-delta-water-transfers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-streamlines-south-delta-water-transfers#comments Government Drought Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:38:00 +0000 158081 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The California Aqueduct conveys water from northern to southern California.</p> Topcon announces FFA unmanned aerial system exemption http://westernfarmpress.com/government/topcon-announces-ffa-unmanned-aerial-system-exemption <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Topcon Positioning Systems has announced its national exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows for the operation of its unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the U.S.</p> <p>The exemption covers the operation of the company&rsquo;s Sirius Basic and Sirius Pro for aerial data collection.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/topcon-announces-ffa-unmanned-aerial-system-exemption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/topcon-announces-ffa-unmanned-aerial-system-exemption#comments Government Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:08:00 +0000 158071 at http://westernfarmpress.com EPA: California agriculture improving SJV air quality http://westernfarmpress.com/government/epa-california-agriculture-improving-sjv-air-quality <div class="field-deck"> Agency doles out rare kudos </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With assistance from NRCS, farmers and ranchers have replaced aging diesel engines used for agricultural purposes with new, lower exhaust-emitting engines. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/epa-california-agriculture-improving-sjv-air-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/epa-california-agriculture-improving-sjv-air-quality#comments Government Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:07:00 +0000 157841 at http://westernfarmpress.com Killian new Arizona Department of Agriculture director http://westernfarmpress.com/government/killian-new-arizona-department-agriculture-director <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mark Killian was appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey April 10 as the new director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA).</p> <p>Killian succeeds retired ADA director Don Butler.</p> <p>In announcing the state&rsquo;s new agriculture chief, Governor Ducey said, &ldquo;Mark brings decades of unique public service and private sector experience, and his extensive and successful background in farming and ranching will be hugely valuable in this role. He&rsquo;s a welcome addition to this department and our administration.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/killian-new-arizona-department-agriculture-director" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/killian-new-arizona-department-agriculture-director#comments Government Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:35:00 +0000 157671 at http://westernfarmpress.com State regulators defend California agriculture http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/state-regulators-defend-california-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body">When state regulators defend agriculture the best thing we can do is say 'thank you.'</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/state-regulators-defend-california-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/state-regulators-defend-california-agriculture#comments Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 03 Apr 2015 02:43:00 +0000 157371 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California uses highway signs to state the obvious. Some people think the call to &quot;limit&quot; outdoor watering when farmers have been completely cut off from irrigation water is a bit ironic.</p> California implements mandatory water rationing http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-implements-mandatory-water-rationing <div class="field-deck"> Governor targets urban users with call to conserve </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California implements mandatory water rationing</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-implements-mandatory-water-rationing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-implements-mandatory-water-rationing#comments Government Drought Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:17:00 +0000 157341 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. attends the April 1 snow survey near South Lake Tahoe where there should be well over five feet of snow on the ground. Current drought conditions gave the governor no&nbsp;choice but to order mandatory water rationing statewide.</p> California Department of Water Resources