Water

Water rules add to challenges for California farmers

Costs are high, water is scarce, and prices to growers are low. With the economics of tree crops the toughest they've been in decades, is there a light at the end of the tunnel? more »

California farmers march on Capitol, protest water fees

Farmers from California's Central Valley received zero federal water deliveries, and severely reduced state allocations. Now hit with groundwater pumping fines, farmers took to the Capitol to protest. more »

Funding opportunities for repurposing irrigated acreage

The water scarcity has created momentum for new voluntary funding programs for growers facing the difficult decision of taking land out of production. more »

Newsom advisor warns of climate threats to farming

California forests are experiencing more tree mortality, the snowpack is being lost to the atmosphere, and groundwater aquifers are becoming depleted. more »

Management practices for improved water capture in almond

Groundwater recharge, organic matter, reduced or no tillage – in the middle of drought, management practices may help improve the retention of limited water resources. more »

New sensors could be ‘game changer’, says hydrology and irrigation professor

A variety of sensors have been on the market for years to measure soil moisture, but the holy grail of precision irrigation is measuring the tree’s stem water potential. more »

Newsom highlights latest efforts to address California water concerns

Hotter and drier weather conditions could reduce California’s water supply by up to 10% by the year 2040. more »

Assembly panel urged to keep farmers in California

With technology making other regions newly viable, legislation providing restrictions, and drought forcing the fallowing of farmland, California growers continue to face significant challenges. more »

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