Legislation aimed at achieving sustainable management of the state’s groundwater basins was recently passed by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.
The House Natural Resources Committee voted to approve four bills that would bring about changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Governor Brown issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.
The California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife held a hearing on May 17 in Modesto to discuss the need for the 2014 Water Bond.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with regulations that would protect farmworkers from pesticides.
Rep. Jim Costa, D-16, introduced a package of legislation that would invest in California’s water infrastructure and expedite construction on existing storage projects to improve water reliability across the state.
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-2, introduced legislation to provide emergency relief to affected agricultural producers and fishing communities, funds emergency drought relief projects, maintains environmental protections, and ensures that the United States will be better prepared to respond to future droughts and natural disasters.
Emergency drought legislation signed by the Governor allocates $10 million to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for on-farm water conservation practices throughout the state.
Five bills have been introduced in the House to update the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill due to modifications to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Programs.

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