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Cloudy Irrigation Outlook

Water regulations, including sustainable groundwater act, make uncertainty the norm for California growers By Vicky Boyd Managing Editor During the six-year California drought that ended earlier this year, Travis Fugitt watched as the standing water level in his wells dropped to about 250 feet from 160 feet. A fourth-generation producer of cotton and diversified row and tree crops near Bakersfield, California, ... Read More »

A ‘Regulatory’ Drought

California water supply unpredictability complicates producers’ short- and long-term planning. By Vicky Boyd Managing Editor California received near-record rains and snow this past winter, filling reservoirs to the brim and prompting irrigation districts to allocate full water supplies. But cotton producers say the precipitation did little to eliminate the uncertainty caused by years of “regulatory drought” that reduces surface water supplies ... Read More »

Keep Up With Regulations Under New Administration

If you are an active member of a ginning association, you probably know that these organizations typically tend to deal more in the regulatory world than the policy world. The past few months have been tough for many of us since the new administration has made keeping up with regulations much more difficult than in the past. Well, that’s not ... Read More »

Conference Helps Young Farmers Enhance Advocacy

By Christine Souza California Farm Bureau Federation To help young farmers and ranchers negotiate the financial, political and regulatory challenges that come their way, young agriculturalists met in Modesto for the 2017 California Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. California Farm Bureau Federation YF&R members — farmers, ranchers and agricultural professionals ages 18 to 35 — attended the conference to take ... Read More »

NCGA Elects Officers, Emphasizes Research And Safety

NCGA Elects Officers, Emphasizes Research And Safety At the National Cotton Ginners’ Association 80th membership and board meeting in Dallas, the NCGA announced its 2017 officers: president – David Blakemore, Campbell, Mo.; first vice president – Stanley Creelman, Tulare, Calif.; second vice president – Wes Morgan, New London, N.C.; third vice president – Curtis Stewart, Spade, Texas; and chairman – ... Read More »

Decision Making Help

Decision-Making Help From managing a pest flare-up to maximizing yield and quality under extreme weather, cotton producers can get valuable decision-making help from the annual National Cotton Council-coordinated Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC). How is information presented at the BWCC? Individual research reports, panel discussions, poster sessions and seminars presented over a span of three days enlighten attendees about the latest ... Read More »

State legislation Minimum Wage, Truck Exemption Among New Laws

By Kevin Hecteman Editor’s note: An article published in an earlier edition of Cotton Farming inaccurately stated the current minimum wage in California. The following article and charts reflect the accurate numbers. Right about the time most bleary-eyed revelers were yelling “Happy New Year,” a slew of new California state laws took effect, including some with a direct affect on ... Read More »