Feb. 05--The federal drought aid announced Tuesday could bring drinking water to some beef cattle, improved irrigation systems for some farmers and soil erosion controls for those who will not grow a crop this year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $20 million to California, a small fraction of the federal aid that could come if the drought does not ease.
Part of the money is aimed at areas that have lost at least 85 percent of their irrigation allotments. They include parts of the western and southern San Joaquin Valley, where many farmers expect zero water from the California State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project this year.
Feb. 06--WASHINGTON -- House Republicans ratcheted up pressure on California Democrats to defend river and fish restorations in the delta amid a historic statewide drought, passing legislation Wednesday that would ship scarce water from Northern California to parched farms in the San Joaquin Valley.
Dismissed by Bay Area Democrats as a political ploy to boost the fortunes of Central Valley Republicans in the November elections, the legislation by first-term Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford (Kings County), nonetheless draws national attention to tensions over California's dwindling water supplies.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, one of the key backers of the bill, ridiculed San...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is already hurting American farmers and rural residents, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday, warning that the U.S. would regret any failure to adapt and prepare for shifting weather realities.
Unveiling a new effort to coordinate the government's response, Vilsack said extreme weather events have already taken the U.S. by surprise, putting ranchers and others out of business. He pointed to the intensity and frequency of recent storms, long droughts, snowstorms and subzero weather as evidence that climate change is no longer hypothetical or in the future.
"The combination of all those factors convinces me that the climate is changing, and...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several members of Congress are pressing the U.S. agriculture secretary to expedite a provision in the new farm bill that helps ranchers in the Dakotas and Nebraska recover from an October blizzard.
The nearly $100 billion-a-year federal farm bill, which awaits President Barack Obama's signature, restarts a livestock disaster program that had expired. Members of the South Dakota and North Dakota delegations were among those urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a letter to make sure there are no delays getting the relief money to ranchers.
In their letter, the lawmakers said the blizzard killed more than 20,000 cattle, sheep, horses and bison in South Dakota...
The Augusta Economic Development Authority announced Monday that a biofuel company will construct a terminal near Augusta Regional Airport.
Eco-Energy Inc., based in Franklin, Tenn., will spend $10 million and hire five people for its ethanol blending center on Dixon Airline Road.
Walter Sprouse, the authority's executive director, said the company picked the location for the railroad access, planning to build a spur on the property across from Bennett Building Systems.
"Eco-Energy is one of those solid companies with more than two dozen facilities in North America with access to over 600 terminals," said Augusta Economic Development Authority Chairman Henry Ingram. "The Augusta facility...
ATLANTA, GA – Ian MacKinnon, president of Jamesway Incubator Company, presented a check in the amount of $2,000 to Abby Marcinko, foundation program coordinator for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association matched Jamesway’s contribution with John Starkey, president, presenting the check. The presentation took place at the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta – the world’s largest annual tradeshow for the poultry, feed and meat industries.
This was Jamesway’s fifth year of donating to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has contributed for the last four years.