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Bottlenecks at California ports delay farm exports

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• By Ching Lee • Despite mounting calls for federal maritime regulators to address congestion, delays and shipping challenges at U.S. ports, California agricultural exporters say they have yet to see any relief. Since last fall, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association has reported a surge in cargo volumes that has kept shipping containers sitting longer at California ports. With a ... Read More »

State Water Project, CVP cut California water allocations

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The State Water Project and the Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the Central Valley Project, have both announced reductions in water deliveries for the 2021 season south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. They base their allocations on current reservoir storage, precipitation and the amount of moisture in snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. The California Department of Water Resources, which ... Read More »

California Cost Of Ginning Much Higher Than Other States

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The cost of ginning cotton is an important concern for producers and ginners. Every three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service conducts a survey of ginning costs by region. Data from the survey allows gin management to compare their operation to regional and national data. It also provides information about key variable costs as a component of ... Read More »

Bureau of Reclamation forecasts reduced water deliveries to California

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Based on  below-average statewide snowpack, the Bureau of Reclamation recently announced reduced water allocations for nearly all Central Valley Project water contractors. Deliveries could change depending on precipitation received during the next few months, said Ernest Conant, Reclamation regional director. The California Department of Water Resources reports that as of Feb. 21, statewide average snow water content in the Sierra ... Read More »

California producer elected Cotton Council International president

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Ted Sheely, a producer from Lemoore, California, was elected as president of Cotton Council International for 2021. CCI is the National Cotton Council’s export promotion arm and carries out programs in more than 50 countries globally under the Cotton USA trademark. Sheely and other officers were elected at CCI’s board meeting held recently as part of the NCC’s virtual 2021 ... Read More »

Mark McKean reelected American Cotton Producers chair

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Mark McKean of Riverdale, California, was reelected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers of the National Cotton Council for 2021 during the NCC’s virtual 2021 annual meeting. He was formerly an ACP vice chairman and currently serves as a NCC director. He has served on and continues to serve on various ACP and NCC committees and task forces. Reelected ... Read More »

California farmers plan to share their soil health handiwork Feb. 23

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A group of California farmers will share their experiences improving soil health in cotton production by growing cover crops, reducing tillage, applying compost and other practices during an online session at 11 a.m. Feb. 23. The free webinar is part of an eight-episode series titled Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farmer Showcase, in which U.S. cotton farmers and soil health ... Read More »