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Aquafornia news Business Journal

No Surface Water for Tulare ID Farmers This Year

From the Business Journal:

The driest January through April in California history has delivered a knockout punch for water deliveries in the 70,000-acre Tulare Irrigation District.

General Manager J. Paul Hendrix said TID will have no water run for only the fourth time in its 124-year history, as decided recently by its board of directors.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Deadline Near to Apply for Climate Money

From the Sacramento Bee:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has set a June 14 deadline for California farmers and land stewards to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program.

The program is designed to provide conservation benefits, including improvement of water/soil quality, wildlife habitat enhancement and adoption of conservation practices addressing climate change.

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Aquafornia news Ag Alert

To Water Sellers, Transfer Process Can Be Daunting

From Ag Alert:

In a dry year such as this one, connecting willing sellers of surplus water with possible buyers can be an important source for farmers facing water shortages.
Aquafornia news Western Farm Press

Drip-tape Salvation for California Farmers?

From the Western Farm Press:

Years of drought-mandated rationing have left farmers frustrated with unreliable allotments of scarce water resources each year, threatening the state’s $43.5-billion agricultural industry. And with the state in a moderate to severe drought for the last 15 months, they aren’t likely to see matters easing soon.

That has forced growers to embrace a series of water-saving measures.

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Aquafornia news Hanford Sentinel

Commentary: Kings County, Valley Water Allocations Cut Again

From the Hanford Sentinel:

Thanks to the refusal of politicians to fix their unbalanced environmental and abusive water reform laws, California’s urban residents and farms contracted to receive state water have again paid for 100 percent of their contracted water while this year only receiving 35 percent.

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Aquafornia news New York Times

Fracking Tests Ties Between California ‘Oil and Ag’ Interests

From the New York Times:

Oilmen and farmers — often shortened to “oil and ag” here — have coexisted peacefully for decades in this conservative, business friendly part of California about 110 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Salinas Valley Winning Fight Against Sea Water Intrusion

From the San Jose Mercury News:

The region has almost halted a ruthless 70-year advance of seawater into its water table. Reservoirs, conservation and recycling now sustain $3.8 billion worth of agriculture in the long swath of rich farmland immortalized in John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden.”

Recent surveys show a dramatic slowing of seawater intrusion, proof that reforms are saving this precious valley.

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