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A federal court today ordered the EPA to stop enforcement nationwide of the Waters of the United States rule. Citing a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims and casting suspicion on the rulemaking process, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals today ordered that the EPA and Army Corps’ “Waters of the United States” rule be stayed nationwide until the Court can determine jurisdiction over the many pending lawsuits.

A three judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Judicial Circuit voted 2-1 to stay implementation over concern that burden to state and federal government, as well as private parties and the public in general, from the implementation of the WOTUS rule outweighed any harm to the agencies in keeping the status quo. A copy of the order can be found online.

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The hearing, which USDA expects to last several weeks, resumes daily (M-F) at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building, 808 Fourth Street, Clovis, Calif. 93612. The hearing is open to the public. USDA will hear testimony and receive evidence regarding four proposals for a federal milk marketing order in California.

The USDA Hearing on Proposed Milk Marketing Order can be heard HERE.
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In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing untamed Chile Verde with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here’s what you’ll need:
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What used to be an student organization for “future farmers” is now expanding to urban areas and new agricultural related studies. Gary Crawford has more.

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Today, Assembly member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) announced that Assembly Bill 1390, a bipartisan measure to streamline and bring new efficiency to the process for adjudicating groundwater rights, was signed by the Governor. Together with its companion bill, Senate Bill 226, authored by Senator Pavley (D – Agoura Hills), AB 1390 serves as the Governor’s promised follow-up to last year’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), a historic measure which regulated groundwater in California. At the time, adjudication was considered too complex to address as part of SGMA.

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An important bird has been snatched from the brink of being put on the endangered species list. Gary Crawford says it took years of work to do it.
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Beet leafhopper (BLH) counts remained very low throughout the month of September. Disking and grazing were actively underway as growers received the Program’s treatment waivers. Typically, disking and grazing reduces the available BLH host vegetation and increases the beet leafhopper populations on remaining viable host vegetation.
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Plowing and shaping fields in the fall is common practice in many parts of California, but the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is recommending a different strategy this year.

Farmers Encouraged to Keep Fields Covered this Winter ->

USDA released the highly anticipated citrus crop numbers today and has California all oranges at 52.5 million boxes with grapefruit at 3.5 million boxes. The details of the annual crop forecast chart (.pdf) are posted herein to click and view, or print as you wish.

Citrus Crop Forecast

Reason for Low Numbers

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Cathy Isom tells us about the new and high efficient way ag producers have to light up the farm.

High Efficiency Lighting

Photo: Cultivation of fresh herbs and pepper with red and blue LEDs. Using special LED equipment in rooms without light and in greenhouses. LEDs with a wavelength of 630nm, 660nm, 440nm, 445nm, 430nm,d blue leds. The basil is grown without daylight, the leds provide light that plants need to grow.

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In today’s report we have the California Weekly Hay Report, the AZ/CA/NV Direct Feeder Cattle Review, the California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report and the end of the day market numbers for other commodities.

California Weekly Hay Report

Compared to last week: All classes traded slow on very light demand. According to the U.S. drought monitor, unseasonably heavy precipitation (0.5 to 1 inch, locally to 2 inches) was observed in extreme southwestern California (near San Diego vicinity), the Sierra Nevada, and most of northern and western Nevada including the Las Vegas area. At the end of September, the water conservation efforts in California were noticeable when compared to last year. The amount of water saved came to about 705 KAF so that this year’s major reservoir storage was only slightly below the storage from a year ago when there were no mandatory water restrictions. Check ending market prices.→

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Everett Griner talks about agriculture, a risky business, in today’s Agri View.

Common Shifts

In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing untamed Mexican street corn dip with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here’s what you’ll need:
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“After conversations with authorities in Washington, I have come to the conclusion that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement is positive for the California citrus industry,” states CCM President Joel Nelsen.

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Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week from Florida includes all the details you need to know about tomorrow’s citrus crop forecast events as well as reports on grower concerns and favored rootstocks. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

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It’s time to think about fall weed management, and the management plan for the upcoming season. Sabrina Hill talks with UC Weed Specialist, Brad Hanson.

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This morning, the National Corn Growers Association and the National Farmers Union held a press call where they unveiled a white paper discussing the importance of the RFS and how it is directly tied to farm income.
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Yesterday, Crop Vitality, a business unit of Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. (TKI), the North American subsidiary of Brussels-based Tessenderlo Group and the Kings County Economic Development Corporation celebrated the completion of its newest liquid plant nutrient manufacturing facility in Hanford with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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In the second part of her series on chainsaw safety Cathy Isom talks about using safety sense when using a chainsaw.

Chainsaw Safety-Part 2

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