Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Water board to vote on flows proposal
At a meeting in Sacramento Wednesday, the State Water Resources Control Board is expected to vote on a contested proposal to redirect flows in three Central California rivers. The proposal would require more water to be left in the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers for fishery purposes. The plan has met with local opposition from people who have urged a more balanced, collaborative approach, and prompted hundreds of opponents to rally outside the state Capitol this summer.

Farmers work to finish walnut harvest
As the California walnut harvest nears its end, farmers say their crop may not be as large as originally thought. Orchards in Northern California appear not to have produced as many walnuts as predicted, although the crop will still be a large one. Farmers say retaliatory tariffs imposed by three of the largest foreign customers for California walnuts could affect sales. Marketers will strive to boost walnut consumption in the United States.

Fruit fly infestation leads to quarantine
A 79-square-mile portion of Los Angeles County has been placed under quarantine due to an infestation of the Mexican fruit fly. Discovery of several flies in Long Beach led to the quarantine, which encompasses the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. State agricultural officials say quarantine restrictions could affect some shipments at the ports, as well as movement of fruit from other sites. Authorities will release sterile male fruit flies to combat the infestation.

Proper firewood handling cuts pest problems
Free firewood can be expensive, when it carries invasive pests with it. Untreated wood can harbor insects or disease that spreads to healthy trees. University of California specialists say proper management of cut wood can reduce the risk of spreading such pests. They say people should not move untreated firewood out of the area where it was cut. UC says people buying firewood should ask whether it’s from a local source and if it has been treated for pests.


The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 40,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 5.5 million Farm Bureau members.