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Federal Agencies

Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced increased opportunity for producers as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill due to modifications to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Programs.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with regulations that would protect farmworkers from pesticides.
Federal Legislation

Five bills have been introduced in the House to update the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Legislation that would authorize a feasibility study and construction of the Sites Reservoir in Colusa County was introduced by Reps. John Garamendi, D-3, and Doug LaMalfa, R-1.
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-2, introduced legislation to provide emergency relief to affected agricultural producers and fishing communities, funds emergency drought relief projects, maintains environmental protections, and ensures that the United States will be better prepared to respond to future droughts and natural disasters.
Rep. Jim Costa, D-16, introduced a package of legislation that would invest in California’s water infrastructure and expedite construction on existing storage projects to improve water reliability across the state.
Pesticides

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with regulations that would protect farmworkers from pesticides.
State Agencies

Two state agencies announced actions to advance the California High Speed Rail Authority’s efforts to begin construction in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Emergency drought legislation signed by the Governor allocates $10 million to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for on-farm water conservation practices throughout the state.
The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the “biological opinion” issued in 2008 to protect the smelt from being killed by the state and federal irrigation systems’ pumps will stand without alteration.
State Legislation

State Senator Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, introduced SB 1381, a bill requiring all foods containing genetically modified organisms be labeled in California.
Water

Legislation that would authorize a feasibility study and construction of the Sites Reservoir in Colusa County was introduced by Reps. John Garamendi, D-3, and Doug LaMalfa, R-1.
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-2, introduced legislation to provide emergency relief to affected agricultural producers and fishing communities, funds emergency drought relief projects, maintains environmental protections, and ensures that the United States will be better prepared to respond to future droughts and natural disasters.
Rep. Jim Costa, D-16, introduced a package of legislation that would invest in California’s water infrastructure and expedite construction on existing storage projects to improve water reliability across the state.
Emergency drought legislation signed by the Governor allocates $10 million to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for on-farm water conservation practices throughout the state.
The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the “biological opinion” issued in 2008 to protect the smelt from being killed by the state and federal irrigation systems’ pumps will stand without alteration.
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