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California Drought-Lawn Rebates

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major water wholesaler has added $350 million to its budget for a cash-for-grass program that has gained popularity during the California drought.

Bob Muir, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, says the board approved the additional money on Tuesday to pay homeowners and businesses to replace grass with drought-friendly landscaping

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House Subcommittee Trying to Stop EPA’s Clear Water Rule; Stronger U.S. Dollar Could See More Export Corn

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Chairs introduced legislation this week to stop EPA from finalizing the clean water rule it sent to the Office of Management and Budget last week. House Ag Chair

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Mexico and Peru Sees More Beef and Pork Products From U.S.; Snow-pack at Record lows

USDA has reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The agreements will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico and expand access to consumer markets in Peru for U.S. fresh and chi

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Bush Salmon Protection Plan Under Fire In Courts
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Strengthening Dams is High Priority; 9th Case of Avian Flu Confirmed

$73 million is to be invested this year to rehabilitate and assess dams across the nation to ensure this critical infrastructure is protecting Americans from harm, securing public health and expanding water supplies in drought affected areas. About 150 proj

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California's Central Valley Impacted By Major Drought
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EPA’s Clean Water Rule Heads Off to Management Budget Review; Farm Service Agency Handing Out Emergency Assistance

The EPA sent the Clean Water Rule - formerly known as Waters of the U.S. - to the Office of Management and Budget on Friday. In a blog post - EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy say the rule will better define tributaries and protect farming practices. They say they a

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USDA to Help Farm and Ranch Land; CA. Governor Jerry Brown Defends Water Actions

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will accept ACEP applications to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect the nation's critical wetlands and grasslands, home to diverse wildlife and plant species. NRCS will provi

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Statewide Drought Takes Toll On California's Lake Oroville Water Level
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Asia-Pacific Expanding Its Reach; California Water Shortage Impact Farmers

Trade negotiators for the U.S. and Japan are working around the clock to complete a trade agreement prior to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington later this month. Negotiators are working to have the agreement ready to unveil during Abe’s visit as they hope the deal can pave the way for a broader Asia-Pacific pact involving 10 other countries. U.S. Trade Repr

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U.S. Exports to China On Record Pace; Drought Issues Increases In The West

Just halfway through the 2014-2015 marketing year - U.S. sorghum exports to China are continuing at a record pace from last year’s record of 165-million-bushels with accumulated exports and sales of 260-million bushels so far. U.S. Grains Cou

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California's Dams And Reservoirs Depleted By Extreme Drought
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Gov. Inslee Declares Drought Emergency for East Side of Cascades

While much of the U.S. was pounded by snow this winter, creating immediate problems for many in those regions, the lack of snowfall in our state this winter will make for potentially bigger problems for the Yakima Valley this summer.

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State Officials Preparing for Worst, Seeking $9 Million Drought-Relief Fund

YAKIMA (AP) — The state of Washington has not yet declared a drought this year, but they're asking the Legislature for $9 million for drought relief in case it's needed.

The Department of Ecology says snowpack levels statewide are about 28 percent of normal

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