Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Farmers work to protect crops from freeze damage
Cold overnight temperatures across much of California come at a time when some crops will be vulnerable to freeze damage. For example, Central Valley almond trees are in bloom, so farmers have been irrigating orchards in hopes of raising temperatures enough to stave off damage. It’s a similar story in citrus groves, where concern focuses on the blossoms for next year’s crop. On the Central Coast, new growth on strawberry plants could be affected.
CVP announces initial water allocation
Below-average rain and snow this winter mean reduced water supplies for the federal Central Valley Project. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the CVP, said Tuesday it expects to deliver 20 percent of contract supplies to its farm customers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and 30 percent to customers of its Friant unit. The bureau said the current situation underscores the need for more storage to capture water in wet winters.
California Farm Bureau seeks immigration solution
As Congress discusses immigration reform, the California Farm Bureau Federation says any solution must recognize the current immigrant employees on whom farms and ranches depend. California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson says legislation currently before Congress “just wouldn’t work” for the state’s farms and ranches. He says CFBF and other organizations will press for a more practical and flexible agricultural-visa program.
Californian wins national Collegiate Discussion Meet
A Fresno State University student has won a national contest aimed at stimulating discussion of agricultural issues at a committee meeting. Tim Truax, an agricultural education major from Turlock, won the national Collegiate Discussion Meet sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation. In the final round of the competition, Truax and other college students discussed trade policy. He competed in a field of 59 contestants from around the country.