On March 2, 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Imperial, Marin, Mendocino and Trinity counties in California as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

Because they are contiguous to the prime disaster designated counties, the following counties in California and Arizona are also eligible for assistance:

California

Jeff Janas

Last Wednesday, Senator Feinstein introduced a revised drought relief bill. Responding to the bill, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif stated the following:

“We are encouraged by Senator Feinstein’s introduction of a revised drought bill, but to have any chance of success, it must have the support of Senator Boxer and the Obama and Brown administrations, as well as the environmental organizations that have pulled those parties away from reasonable compromise water legislation in the past.”

Cory Lunde

Today, the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta released data indicating that 125,000 acre-feet of water has been flushed out to the ocean this week alone as a result of environmental regulations restricting operation of the Delta pumps. And for the month of January?  The total amount of water lost so far is 208,000 acre feet and counting. This amount of water translates to nearly 70,000 acres of fallowed farmland and more than 1,600 lost jobs.

Cory Lunde

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We know our members care for their land and natural resources; after all, it is their livelihood. Our Government Affairs team works with policy makers to ensure, if legislation is required, it is developed using sound science and proven data.

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