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Governor makes important appointments impacting Ag

Governor makes important appointments impacting Ag

Bill Lyons was appointed as Agriculture Liaison in the office of the Governor. In his role, he will advance the administration’s efforts on agriculture and water in the state. Lyon’s, former Secretary of Agriculture, comes with years of policy experience as well as first–hand knowledge of running a farming operation.

Joaquin Esquivel was appointed Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. Esquivel has a strong background in resources and agriculture policy and has served on the board since 2017. The board oversees water use and water quality regulations across the state and has served

Laurel Firestone was appointed to the State Water resources Control Board. Firestone has long advocated for the rights of the economically and socially disadvantaged communities of the San Joaquin Valley with a focus on safe and affordable drinking water.

The Commission has worked with each of these appointees for over a decade. We find them to be approachable, practical and committed to advancing solutions around water and agriculture in California. We look forward to working with them in their new roles.

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Today is the deadline to certify 2019 Crop Acres

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By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group

The deadline to certify 2019 crop acres with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is today, July 15. Certification is required to be eligible for most FSA programs, including Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which will provide $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers who have been affected by retaliatory tariffs and the ongoing trade dispute with China. Rice has been deemed an eligible commodity for these payments.

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Thiobencarb monitoring results update

Thiobencarb monitoring results update

The monitoring results have been non-detect from June 13 to June 25. Detections were observed up to June 13, with eight exceedances of the performance goal in the drains. Fortunately, the trace amounts found at the city drinking water intakes were below the laboratory maximum residue limit. We will conclude the thiobencarb monitoring on July 16.