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EPA sets out to explain water rule that’s riled U.S. farm interests

EPA sets out to explain water rule that’s riled U.S. farm interests

A proposal that federal officials said was intended to simplify federal water laws has instead been interpreted to do the opposite – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scrambling to defend itself to agriculture and other industries.


Watering crops with overhead sprinklers

The Sacramento Bee
EPA sets out to explain water rule that’s riled U.S. farm interests

EPA sets out to explain water rule that’s riled U.S. farm interests

A proposal that federal officials said was intended to simplify federal water laws has instead been interpreted to do the opposite – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scrambling to defend itself to agriculture and other industries.


Watering crops with overhead sprinklers

Foothill Agrarian
Pasture Envy

Jul 9, 2014
Pasture Envy

I'll admit it - sometimes I have pasture envy!  This condition is probably due, at least in part, to my decision to raise sheep in a Mediterranean climate - one that turns golden brown in the summertime.  And while there is much to like about...

The Sacramento Bee
California rice farmers could get pollution credit

California rice farmers could get pollution credit

A proposal to the California Air Resources Board, up for approval in September, would allow Sacramento Valley rice farmers to sell carbon emission offsets as part of the state’s effort to combat climate change. Rice farmers would flood their fields for shorter periods to reduce the decomposition process that emits methane – a potent...

The Sacramento Bee
California rice farmers could get pollution credit

California rice farmers could get pollution credit

A proposal to the California Air Resources Board, up for approval in September, would allow Sacramento Valley rice farmers to sell carbon emission offsets as part of the state’s effort to combat climate change. Rice farmers would flood their fields for shorter periods to reduce the decomposition process that emits methane – a potent...

Foothill Agrarian
Nervous

Jul 5, 2014

Fire season has begun in earnest.  Large fires are burning in the coast range north of San Francisco, as well as on the Modoc plateau.  Wildland firefighters are reporting that fuel moistures are unusually low because of the drought - they ar...

The Sacramento Bee
California toughens enforcement of water violations

California toughens enforcement of water violations

State officials Wednesday adopted emergency regulations to streamline enforcement of water-rights curtailments during the drought. But the State Water Resources Control Board agreed to exempt senior water rights from the new rules.


FILE - In this May 1, 2014 photo, irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms...

The Sacramento Bee
California toughens enforcement of water violations

California toughens enforcement of water violations

State officials Wednesday adopted emergency regulations to streamline enforcement of water-rights curtailments during the drought. But the State Water Resources Control Board agreed to exempt senior water rights from the new rules. FILE - In this ...

Foothill Agrarian
Foothills ewes graze, keep brush and fire hazard down

Jun 30, 2014
Foothills ewes graze, keep brush and fire hazard down

We've provided vegetation management services using targeted grazing for a number of years.  Every year, I receive calls from landowners who are interested in using sheep or goats to solve their fuel loading problems.  Invariably, several pot...

Foothill Agrarian
Gear Review – Footwear for Farmers

Jun 27, 2014
Gear Review – Footwear for Farmers

For me, like most farmers and ranchers, function is more important than form when it comes to fashion.  I need clothes that are durable and comfortable.  While I often choose the least expensive option when it comes to pants and shirts, I never skimp on footwear!  I’d rather pay more for durable boots that...

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