Agriculture http://kvpr.org en Spring Rain And Snow Mean Increased Water Allocations http://kvpr.org/post/spring-rain-and-snow-mean-increased-water-allocations <div><p>Rain and snow may not have pushed California out of its drought, but the late season precipitation will mean a little more water for State Water Project users. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, there</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:07:11 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 31417 at http://kvpr.org Spring Rain And Snow Mean Increased Water Allocations Drought Operation Plan For Two Water Projects Released http://kvpr.org/post/drought-operation-plan-two-water-projects-released <div><p>California and federal agencies released a plan Wednesday about how they’ll operate the state and federal water projects during the drought. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the plan does not change water allocations.</p></div><p>The operations plan provides a guideline of how the two water systems will deal with the drought from now until November.&nbsp; It looks at two different scenarios. One assumes much drier conditions than the other. Maria Rea with the National Marine Fisheries Service says under both scenarios winter-run Chinook salmon are at risk.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:24:37 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 31004 at http://kvpr.org Drought Operation Plan For Two Water Projects Released California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-mandate-paid-rest-breaks-farm-workers <p>Paid rest breaks would become mandatory for farm workers and other outdoor workers under a bill now in the California legislature. The measure is an attempt to prevent heat related illnesses. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.</p><p>People who work outdoors are susceptible to dizziness, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Nicole Marquez with the advocacy group Worksafe says farm workers are commonly paid based on how much they pick.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:14:17 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 30491 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers PPIC Survey: Support For California Water Bond Increases http://kvpr.org/post/ppic-survey-support-california-water-bond-increases <p class="p1">According to a new survey, most Californians now support an $11 billion water bond measure on the November ballot. The support levels increase for water bond proposals at lesser amounts. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.</p><p class="p3">A year ago, only 44 percent of California adults and 42 percent of likely voters supported the water bond measure. Now the percentages are 60 percent for adults and half of likely voters. Mark Baldasarre is with the Public Policy Institute of California, which conducted the poll.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:01:34 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 30360 at http://kvpr.org PPIC Survey: Support For California Water Bond Increases New Biography Paints Complex Picture Of Cesar Chavez http://kvpr.org/post/new-biography-paints-complex-picture-cesar-chavez <p>Charismatic, &nbsp;controversial, courageous and complicated. Those are just a few words that could sum up the life of the late civil rights leader and farm labor activist Cesar Chavez. Now over 20 years after his death, a new biography seeks to provide fresh insight into a man who is an inspiration for millions. The book is called <a href="http://crusadesofcesarchavez.com/">“The Crusades of Cesar Chavez”</a> by <a href="http://twitter.com/miriampawel">Miriam Pawel</a>, who joined us on Valley Edition to talk about Chavez the man and Chavez the myth.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:13:24 +0000 Joe Moore 30243 at http://kvpr.org New Biography Paints Complex Picture Of Cesar Chavez Teachers, Students Rally To 'Save FFA' Amid Proposed Funding Changes http://kvpr.org/post/teachers-students-rally-save-ffa-amid-proposed-funding-changes <p>Go to a rural high school in Central California, and one of the most popular extra-curricular programs will be FFA – Future Farmers of America. But now the people who run those programs say their future is threatened in Governor Brown’s new budget.</p><p>It’s all part of a big change to the way school districts get their money from Sacramento – the Local Control Funding Formula. In general it’s been good news for schools up and down the valley, as it redirects more money to districts with high populations of low-income families, English learners and foster youth.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:32:44 +0000 Joe Moore 30232 at http://kvpr.org Teachers, Students Rally To 'Save FFA' Amid Proposed Funding Changes Here And Gone: Fight Over Fresno's Cesar Chavez Boulevard Remains Fresh, 20 Years Later http://kvpr.org/post/here-and-gone-fight-over-fresnos-cesar-chavez-boulevard-remains-fresh-20-years-later <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In October of 1993, the Fresno City Council voted to rename three city streets - Kings Canyon, Ventura and California - in honor of the late farm labor activist Cesar Chavez. The move was part of a campaign by local Latino groups who sought to honor the </span>UFW<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> founder, who had died earlier that year.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:40:12 +0000 Joe Moore 30208 at http://kvpr.org Here And Gone: Fight Over Fresno's Cesar Chavez Boulevard Remains Fresh, 20 Years Later Voices Of The Drought: Mendota Mayor Prepares For The Worst http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-mendota-mayor-prepares-worst <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>California is in the midst of one of the driest years on record and with over a third of the Central Valley’s jobs tied to agriculture and hundreds of thousands of acres going fallow leaders in the region are expecting ag jobs to be few and far between. FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero reports from one west side Valley town that is already feeling the pinch.</p><p>---</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:45:27 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30188 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Mendota Mayor Prepares For The Worst California Students Rally At Capitol For Agricultural Education Funding http://kvpr.org/post/california-students-rally-capitol-agricultural-education-funding <p>As part of the annual “Ag Day” celebration at the state Capitol, Future Farmers of America students from around California rallied Wednesday in support of agricultural education programs. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.</p><p>With the state suffering through its worst ever drought, Jim Aschwanden with the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, says only well trained Ag workers will be able to meet the industry’s future challenges.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:25:48 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 29958 at http://kvpr.org California Students Rally At Capitol For Agricultural Education Funding Congressional Hearing On California Water Visits Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/congressional-hearing-california-water-visits-fresno <p class="p1">The House Natural Resources Committee took up the issue of water for San Joaquin Valley farmers today before a packed gallery at Fresno City Hall.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Republican-led committee heard testimony from local growers and water managers on both short and long-term responses to California's drought and cuts to agricultural water deliveries south of the Delta.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:08:09 +0000 Joe Moore 29957 at http://kvpr.org Congressional Hearing On California Water Visits Fresno Drought May Hurt School Attendance in Central Valley http://kvpr.org/post/drought-may-hurt-school-attendance-central-valley <p>Declining school attendance may be the latest side-effect of California’s punishing drought. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction will visit the Central Valley Wednesday to talk about the problem.</p><p>School attendance may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the impact of the drought on California. But it is affected. Less water means fewer crops, which means fewer farm jobs. And when the jobs disappear, families of migrant workers move on, taking their school age children with them.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:37:09 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 29908 at http://kvpr.org Drought May Hurt School Attendance in Central Valley Along The Pacific Flyway, California's Drought Raises Concerns For Wildlife http://kvpr.org/post/along-pacific-flyway-californias-drought-raises-concerns-wildlife <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The area around Los </span>Banos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> isn't just a stopover for valley travelers along Highway 152 who are headed for the Central Coast. It's also a vital rest stop for millions of birds from across North America on the Pacific Flyway.</span></p><p>Ric Ortega: "If you come out here, you really don't see it all off of any of the major highways. But here we have something that definitely at least from an ecological perspective is equivalent to Yosemite Valley."</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:05:45 +0000 Joe Moore 29731 at http://kvpr.org Along The Pacific Flyway, California's Drought Raises Concerns For Wildlife Report: California's Water System Needs Better Funding http://kvpr.org/post/report-californias-water-system-needs-better-funding <div><p>A new report says California would need an additional two to three billion dollars every year to fill gaps where funding is needed for managing the state’s water. From Sacramento, Amy Quinton has more on the latest Public Policy Institute of California report.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:02:00 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 29632 at http://kvpr.org Report: California's Water System Needs Better Funding New Report: California Groundwater Crisis Looming http://kvpr.org/post/new-report-california-groundwater-crisis-looming <div><p>Groundwater supplies are at an all-time low in both the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, management of that dwindling supply was the focus of debate at the state Capitol.</p></div><p>The Legislative Analyst’s Office told lawmakers that without comprehensive statewide regulation of groundwater, management of the state’s water supply will be increasingly difficult. The LAO suggests the state require local water districts to phase in groundwater permitting and keep track of how much water is extracted from all groundwater wells.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:47:57 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 29573 at http://kvpr.org New Report: California Groundwater Crisis Looming Firebaugh Filmmaker Takes Water "Fight" To Silver Screen http://kvpr.org/post/firebaugh-filmmaker-takes-water-fight-silver-screen <p>California's water wars are nothing new. But Firebaugh-based filmaker Juan Carlos Oseguera&nbsp;says the current struggle over water cutbacks to westside growers is truly a "fight." His new feature-length documentary film, titled "A Fight For Water" seeks to tell the story of the communities in the San Joaquin Valley who were hit hard by water cutbacks in 2009 due to environmental restrictions on delta pumping.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:08:21 +0000 Joe Moore 29550 at http://kvpr.org Firebaugh Filmmaker Takes Water "Fight" To Silver Screen Bees Feel The Effects of California Drought http://kvpr.org/post/bees-feel-effects-california-drought <div><p>The California drought has left honey bees without their normal supply of wildflowers to feed on. Beekeepers have supplemented the bees’ diet, but supplementation lacks the nutrition needed to keep hives healthy. Millions of colonies of bees are now pollinating almond orchards, giving the bees some relief. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, it’s likely to be only temporary.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 02:40:41 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 29503 at http://kvpr.org Bees Feel The Effects of California Drought Do Man-Made Residential Lakes Make Sense In A Drought? http://kvpr.org/post/do-man-made-residential-lakes-make-sense-drought <p>California’s drought has communities up and down the valley looking conserve water. The City of Orange Cove has already banned outdoor watering this year, and later tonight the Lemoore City Council will hold a meeting to discuss ways the city can get residents to reduce their water use by as much as 25 percent.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:41:34 +0000 Joe Moore 29228 at http://kvpr.org Do Man-Made Residential Lakes Make Sense In A Drought? Voices Of The Drought: Nurseryman Jon Reelhorn http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-nurseryman-jon-reelhorn <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the second piece in Valley Public Radio's occasional series, called Voices of the Drought. This week FM89&nbsp;reporter Ezra David Romero visits with Fresno nurseryman Jon Reelhorn.</em></p><p>Jon Reelhorn wasn’t always a nurseryman<a>. </a>Back when he was a student at Fresno State he spent more time in the dugout than in the greenhouse.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:58:29 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28799 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Nurseryman Jon Reelhorn Obama Visits Drought-Stricken Fresno, Calls For Congressional Action http://kvpr.org/post/obama-visits-drought-stricken-fresno-calls-congressional-action <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama visited the valley today in a whirlwind tour, delivering a speech this afternoon at the Los </span>Banos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> farm of Joe Del </span>Bosque<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to announce his proposal for emergency drought relief. He says that while the lack of rain and snow is a concern to the Central Valley, it’s also a national issue:</span></p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 03:52:47 +0000 Joe Moore 28532 at http://kvpr.org Obama Visits Drought-Stricken Fresno, Calls For Congressional Action Firebaugh's Message For President Obama: We Need Water http://kvpr.org/post/firebaughs-message-president-obama-we-need-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During his visit Friday to the Central Valley, President Obama discussed the &nbsp; drought with community leaders in </span>Firebaugh<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. FM 89’s Rebecca </span>Plevin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> asked residents there what they would tell the President about the region, if they had the opportunity.</span></p><p class="p2">--</p><p class="p2">If President Obama had time to stop by the Farmer’s Daughter restaurant in Firebaugh today, he would hear a strong message from owner LaVonne Allen.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 02:27:04 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 28531 at http://kvpr.org Firebaugh's Message For President Obama: We Need Water