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Farmers gave Trump their votes. Now they’re looking for a return.

Farmers are looking for a sign from President Donald Trump that their issues mean as much to him as their votes do. Trump is scheduled to speak at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual conference in Nashville on Monday, the first sitting president to address the group in 26 years.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Months after Wine Country fires, damaged vineyards face uncertainty

On top of Moon Mountain, at the Gilfillan Vineyard, Scott Knippelmeir kneels to the ground, pulls off the outer layers of a grape vine’s loose wood, and cuts into its trunk. He’s checking for signs of life.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Born in the U.S.A. and working in the fields — what gives?

Nicholas Andrew Flores swatted at the flies orbiting his sweat-drenched face as he picked alongside a crew of immigrants through a cantaloupe field in California’s Central Valley. The 21-year-old didn’t speak Spanish, but he understood the essential words the foreman barked out: Puro amarillo. And rapido, rapido!

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Editorial: More water for Central Valley farmers worth considering

The Trump administration announced Friday that it had begun an 18-month analysis of whether to provide California farmers more water from the Central Valley Project, the largest federal water project in the nation, honoring a promise that Donald Trump made on the campaign trail.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Illegal grow hazards called out of control at Capitol rally

People held up posters highlighting what they say are the hazards that accompany illegal marijuana grows – images of dead fish, tons of trash and contaminants near waterways. … Yuba County Supervisor Randy Fletcher, Yuba County Sheriff’s Lt. Wendell Anderson and Yuba County Water Agency board Chairman Brent Hastey led the charge. 

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Big unknowns: What legal marijuana means for water in Western states

States throughout the West have rushed to legalize marijuana over the last four years. The biggest by far is California, where recreational use of the drug became legal on January 1. The states are clamoring for the tax revenue in these new markets, but they seem less concerned with how they may affect water resources.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

As fish disappear, Trump administration seeks to pump more California water south

The Trump administration, teeing up a fight with California regulators, is trying to pump more water through the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the southern half of the state despite fresh evidence of the estuary’s shrinking fish population.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: US eyes increased pumping from biggest federal water project

The Trump administration said Friday it will look at revving up water deliveries to farmers from California’s Central Valley Project, the largest federal water project in the United States, in what environmental groups called a threat to protections for struggling native salmon and other endangered species.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Couple donates $165 million to preserve 24,000 acres at Point Conception

A conservation group on Thursday purchased a sprawling stretch of Santa Barbara County coastline — a prized acquisition made possible by a $165-million gift from a couple who had long sought to protect the pristine ranchland from development.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Not easy being green: Legal pot brings environmental rules

At a state briefing on environmental rules that await growers entering California’s soon-to-be-legal marijuana trade, organic farmers Ulysses Anthony, Tracy Sullivan and Adam Mernit listened intently, eager to make their humble cannabis plot a model of sustainable agriculture in a notoriously destructive industry dominated by the black market. … Complying with water laws alone would mean daily record-keeping, permit applications, inspections and more, state officials said. 

Aquafornia news Visalia Times-Delta

San Joaquin Valley’s canal continues to sink, price tag could rise

A 20-mile portion of one of the Valley’s largest waterways is sinking. It’s getting worse each month and while the water levels drop, the price tag rises.  Earlier this year, the Friant Water Authority reported measurements that showed a nearly 3-foot drop in the Friant-Kern Canal’s elevation in some places.

Aquafornia news The San Luis Obispo Tribune

How will harm from Thomas Fire affect avocado prices?

Avocado orchards in the path of the Thomas Fire have taken a hit as the blaze scorched its way up the coast, damaging or burning groves of trees in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Even so, growers and agricultural officials say avocado lovers shouldn’t see a hit to their wallets, thanks to overall state production and the availability of imported fruit.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Sutter County approves $350,000 loan for pipeline repair

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a $350,000 loan from the General Fund for a pipeline repair project. During the high water this past year, Reclamation District 70 in Meridian (which oversees the northern stretch of the Sacramento River in the Meridian Basin) experienced a pipeline failure close to the district’s largest drainage pump.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

World Ag Expo’s Top 10 new products for 2018

The World Ag Expo has announced its Top 10 New Product awards for 2018 – and this year there is something for everyone. See the world’s first fully autonomous orchard sprayer, a solution for controlling hairy heel warts in dairy cows and a way to get your truck unstuck from mud and snow.

Aquafornia news Ag Alert, California Farm Bureau Federation

Project backers seek investments from water bond

Moving closer to final decisions about which California water projects will receive funding from a bond passed by voters in 2014, the California Water Commission heard presentations regarding about a dozen storage projects that have applied for bond funding. Potential projects include large-scale surface storage, reservoir expansions, groundwater projects and recycled-water projects.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

EPA says herbicide in Roundup weed killer doesn’t cause cancer, contradicting California regulators

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Monday said glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the weed killer Roundup and one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture, likely does not cause cancer.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Don’t force us to pay for Delta tunnels, San Joaquin Valley farmers say

Already short of funding, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels project is being challenged in court by a bloc of San Joaquin Valley farmers insisting they shouldn’t be forced to help foot the $17.1 billion price tag. The valley farmers, located mainly in Kern and Kings counties, voiced their objections in a Sacramento court filing opposing the Brown administration’s plan to issue bonds to pay for the tunnels.

Aquafornia news Hanford Sentinel

Kings agencies slam one storage project and hail another

Kings River water agencies, local leaders, Valley counties and area farmers all slammed Semitropic Water Storage District’s plan to divert Kings River water this week at a key hearing in front of the California Water Commission. An overwhelming majority of comment letters strongly opposed funding the project while the much larger Temperance Flat reservoir, competing for the same pot of money, got strong support.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Oakland Museum of California embraces urban farming in its new exhibition

The Oakland Museum of California unveiled its new exhibit “Take Root: Oakland Grows Food” over the weekend. It highlights the different food communities and how food is grown by residents within in the city.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Blog: Making water for the environment count in an era of change: Cautionary tales from Australia

The specter of California drought looming again on the horizon gives renewed urgency for water policy and management reforms. Recent discussions reflect a growing recognition that our future depends on us making water count for both humans and the environment. For much of our state’s history, water has counted primarily in its capacity to supply water for cities and agriculture.