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Ag Briefs: Groundwater Forum / SoCal Milk Production Down 21% / Corn Prices Down

Groundwater Overdraft: A regional forum Nov. 18 in Tulare will look at the challenges and concerns associated with groundwater overdraft in the San Joaquin Valley and the American West.Organized by the nonprofit American Ground Water Trust, the forum will explore how different communities throughout the West have dealt with groundwater overdraft and consider if local control is a feasible water management solution for San Joaquin Valley water users. Sponsors include Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District and  Tulare Irrigation District.The forum is all day at the World Ag Expo.

Screen shot 2012-07-03 at 8.52.35 AMMilk Production Up In Central Valley / Down In SoCal

CDFA  statistics  for August 2013 show Central Valley milk production has recovered from last year with a 4.9% increase recorded in Tulare County,a 4.6% increase in Kings Co, a 6.4% increase in Fresno County and Kern with a 3.9% increase. All volumes are compared to the same month of 2012. By contrast in San Bernardino County production in August 2013 was down 21 % from August 2012 and down 18,8% in Riverside County as the region continues to lose producers.

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 7.28.01 AMCorn Prices At Multi-Year Low

Good news for livestock producers – corn futures for December are at multi year lows as this year’s corn crop is harvested.Prices dropped to $4.30 a bushel today.

California Agencies Seek Dairy Digester Projects

Proposals Due November 1, 2013

SACRAMENTO, September 16, 2013 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and their partner
agencies in the California/Federal Dairy Digester Working Group have announced a joint solicitation for dairy digester concept proposals.
California is the largest dairy state in the USA, with approximately 1.7 million cows producing more than 3.6 million dry tons of manure per year that must be
managed to reduce or mitigate environmental impacts. Manure can be processed by anaerobic digesters to produce biogas, a flexible renewable source of energy.
The ultimate goals of the collaboration are to see the widespread adoption of digester systems to better manage manure and nutrients, help address air and water
quality concerns, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and produce renewable energy, fertilizer, and other value added products.
“California farmers and ranchers are innovators by nature,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Dairy digester technology is an idea whose time has come, and that
is largely due to work done right here on California’s dairy farms. We are at a point where focused funding can help us make the transition to wider adoption and
implementation of digesters in our state.


Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita announced today that the walnut-buying period will begin Friday, November 1st as the County’s nut theft ordinance continues to be enforced.
“Commercial production and handling of walnuts constitute an important industry here in Tulare County” Kinoshita said. “Unfortunately, some people steal them from orchards and attempt to sell the walnuts illegally on the streets. County staff has been actively enforcing the nut theft ordinance by conducting compliance checks at places where walnuts are sold to ensure that this practice stops.”
In 2012, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved amendments to an existing nut theft ordinance to assist with an issue that has long plagued the walnut industry. Walnuts are typically shaken from the trees and left unattended until workers can gather them up, making them prime targets for overnight heists.
One amendment to the ordinance mandates that non-processing walnut-buying stands shall not operate within the boundaries’ of Tulare County until a “Walnut Buying Period”, as established by the Agricultural Commissioner, is in effect. Kinoshita said that consensus was reached amongst walnut growers to determine the appropriate start date.





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