In recent weeks, federal fish agencies have sharply curtailed Delta pumping operations that deliver water to farms and cities south of the Delta, citing the need to protect the threatened Delta smelt.  More than 700,000 acre feet of water that could have been stored in San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos for later use by cities and farms has instead been diverted to the ocean.  Pumping levels were reduced from approximately 15,000 cubic feet per second to only 2,000 cubic feet per second in December.

Dave Puglia

As we are well into the New Year, information regarding forecasted transportation capacity and costs should be useful to shippers in planning sales programs, contracting for shipping arrangements and preparing customer bids.  Please join Western Growers and C.H. Robinson for the next edition of our transportation webinar series to hear the latest information.

Matt McInerney

This week California Senator Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk urging him to continue efforts “to harmonize agricultural trade standards with the Government of Mexico.   The senator said the “Mexican market is of the utmost importance to California agriculture, and the removal of unscientific barriers to trade will be a great boon for the industry.”

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