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By Jim Dickrell, AgWeb March 03, 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture released its 2014 Dairy Study, conducted by the agency’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS).

NAHMS does these studies roughly every five years to track health and production parameters in the nation’s dairy herds. The first study was in done in 1996.

The 2014 study contains few surprises, but it does identify potential areas to improve management.



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California's State Water Project has boosted expected allocations to its 29 contractors from 10 percent to 15 percent of requested deliveries.

SACRAMENTO — With the state’s reservoirs filling rapidly amid recent storms, the State Water Project now predicts it will deliver at least 15 percent of requested supplies to its 29 contractors.


Special to The Bee

Angela Bowman, Staff Writer 

More than 80 percent of California is withering under extreme or worse drought, unchanged from last Drought Monitor report and nearly triple the percentage reported on Jan. 1. Not even torrential storms were able to make in the historic drought, though forecasters suggest the drought has leveled off…for now.

For more than 70 years, Fred Starrh’s family was among the most prominent cotton growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Then shifting global markets and rising water prices told him that wouldn’t work anymore.

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO & MODESTO, Calif. -- California's more than 1500 dairy families are inviting consumers to take a virtual trip to the land of Milk and Sunny with a new website called "Califarmia," where the cows moo like music and there's more sunshine than you can shake a stick at. The site from the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) introduces consumers to the number one dairy state and its farm families with compelling content, images and interactive graphics that provide an engaging look into modern dairy farming.

With some assistance from high school students, agricultural customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. can learn how to save money and increase energy efficiency in a program developed through a partnership between the utility and Future Farmers of America. Students are trained in conducting energy assessments via the online "My Energy" tool on the PG&E website.