The State Water Resources Control Board (SWB) issued orders to curtail use of surface water by those holding senior water rights dating from 1903 to 1914. The SWB said there is insufficient water available for senior water right holders with a priority date of 1903 or later in the San Joaquin and Sacramento watersheds...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that incentives will resume this summer for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in growing and harvesting biomass for renewable energy. The support comes through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill...
Final regulations were released on May 27 that will protect streams, rivers and wetlands that provide drinking water to more than 117 million Americans. The Clean Water Rule, drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, extends the Clean Water Act’s protections to all tributaries...
The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced a competitive application process for the 2015 State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) authorized by emergency drought legislation AB 91 (Chapter1, Statutes of 2015). The 2015 SWEEP solicitation will provide a up to $10 million in grant funding...
After July 1 all applications of chlorpyrifos in California will require specific approval from the local county ag commissioner’s office.
Water and its efficient use in almonds topped discussion at the 12th annual Almond Board Environmental Stewardship Tour on May 8 in Firebaugh.
When planning your irrigations this year, don't forget to consider irrigations after harvest.
The U.S. EPA has released a proposed rule banning the foliar application of compounds determined to be acutely toxic to bees during bloom in crops that rely on pollinator services.
The California Almond industry became only the third U.S. commodity to qualify for Pre-Export Checks (PEC) when the EU voted to recognize the PEC program for California Almonds in April 2014.
Online registration for The Almond Conference, the premier event dedicated entirely to almonds, is now available at AlmondConference.com.

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