Representatives Jeff Denham (R-CA) and Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, introduced the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act, known as the Highways BEE Act.
Senator Dianne Feinstein won unanimous approval of S. 2198, a bill that would ease restrictions on water exports from the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta to farms and cities.
Both the House of Representatives and Senate passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, with bipartisan support.
The California Senate failed to pass SB 1381, a bill to require labeling on genetically-engineered foods.
The state Assembly approved AB 1739, a bill sponsored by Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) which would establish a statutory definition of groundwater management and provide for enhanced minimum requirements for local groundwater management plans.
All California counties are eligible as primary or contiguous counties for 2014 drought disaster assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
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.
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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