More Water Allocations in California and AFBF on Vaccine Mandate
**California farmers and ranchers may have some modest relief in water allocations this year due to December rains.
The California Department of Water Resources is increasing deliveries from the State Water Project to 15% of requested supplies for 2022, an improvement from last year when water officials provided just 5%.
That was before the state cut off surface water supplies from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in August due to severe drought.
**A survey from Farm Futures shows fertilizer prices are changing planting intentions.
The January survey found high input costs will drive U.S. growers to plant fewer corn acres in 2022 in favor of crops with less expensive production costs.
The survey results put 2022 projected corn acreage at 90.4 million acres and soybean acres at 92.4 million acres. The only time soybean acreage surpassed corn was in 2018.
**American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says a federal vaccine mandate on non-U.S. citizens traveling to the U.S. will lead to more supply chain issues.
The Department of Homeland Security recently announced enforcement of the vaccine requirement, which includes essential workers, traveling to the U.S.
Duvall says Farm Bureau is concerned that the decision “will limit agriculture’s ability to grow safe and nutritious food.” Farm Bureau says DHS failed to provide proper notice of the mandate.