Category Archives: Drought

More than a slogan – The urgent need to work together for a better water future

Earlier this week I joined people representing a diverse group of interests for a panel discussion about water. The event, in Clovis, was organized by Sustainable Conservation, and its title, The Common Good: Working Together for a Secure Water Future, represents … Continue reading

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Climate Smart Agriculture Online Webinar: Israel & California to Discuss Recycled Water Use on November 9

California and Israel share similar climates and challenges as it relates to food and farming. As California potentially enters a sixth consecutive drought year – how we manage and use agriculture water will be all the more important. Join the conversation … Continue reading

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An overlooked water resource – from the Christian Science Monitor

By Diana Donlon In bone-dry California we are counting the days until October when the rainy season should begin. When wells run dry in the Central Valley, fires rage in Big Sur and pine forests in the Sierra Nevada die … Continue reading

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Climate Smart Agriculture Online Webinar: Netherlands & California Discuss Saline Agriculture

Last month CDFA hosted a climate smart agriculture webinar in partnership with the Netherlands and the University of California’s World Food Center addressing salinity in specialty crops within California’s Central Valley and along coastal areas. The webinar is now available … Continue reading

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Young African leaders visit CDFA to learn about agriculture, energy and the environment

UC Davis hosted 25 Young African Leaders as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in July as part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. For two of these young leaders, the trip to California also included a visit with CDFA’s Office of … Continue reading

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Address all factors to improve salmon numbers – from the Sacramento Bee

By Don Bransford and Fritz Durst Special to the Sacramento Bee For most people traveling on Interstate 5 in Northern California, Lake Shasta is viewed as a recreational jewel along their journey. The fact is the reservoir is a major … Continue reading

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Hmong farmers getting help from UC Cooperative Extension to weather the drought – from UCANR

By Jeannette Warnert, UC Agriculture & Natural Resources After the Central Valley Hmong Agriculture radio show aired, the phones at the UC Cooperative Extension office in Fresno County were buzzing non-stop with farmers anxious to apply for state grants to … Continue reading

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Governor Brown issues order to continue water savings as drought persists

Executive Order Aims to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life in California SACRAMENTO – Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water … Continue reading

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El Nino upsets seasons and upends lives worldwide – from the New York Times

By Henry Fountain In rural villages in Africa and Asia, and in urban neighborhoods in South America, millions of lives have been disrupted by weather linked to the strongest El Niño in a generation. In some parts of the world, … Continue reading

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State Water Action Plan Updated to Reflect Two Years of Progress

Efforts to Achieve Sustainable Water Resources Tracked and Detailed SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – The Natural Resources Agency, Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Environmental Protection Agency today announced an updated California Water Action Plan that incorporates two years of … Continue reading

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