Agriculture

Merced County Board of Supervisors, 12-16-14: Groundwater crazy train

Submitted: Jan 04, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 In its December 16, 2014 meeting, the Merced County Board of Supervisors considered a moratorium on well drilling until such time as an ordinance on groundwater may be enacted the state steps in and stops the groundwater-mining bonanza. -- blj

rtsp://mediaserver.co.merced.ca.us/board/video/2014/12-16-14_bdsupvideo.rv

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The moral squalor of the ag labor "market"

Submitted: Jan 03, 2015
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The moral squalor of agriculture built on the backs of defenseless undocumented workers ignored, abused and exploited by their own government, sequestered by the drug cartelized coyote/labor contractor system, exploited by the growers of California's partly hand-cultivated/picked luxury crops and isolated in their own communities, grows deeper and more hopeless every year.

This year we have the pronouncements of Manuel Cunha, president of the Nisei Farmers League and worthy successor of League-founder Harry Kubo, a man whose hatred for a union of American citizen farmworkers was legendary.

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Merced Development Rodeo: Team "Ol' Hoss" ropes Merced City Council and wins a prize

Submitted: Dec 26, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Although landowners would love you to believe that farming and residential development are totally different operations, farmers being salt-of-the-earth, honest, God-fearing Jeffersonian yeomen of rural America, developers being mysteriously powerful, immensely rich city slickers, farming is in fact just as much "development" as residential construction is in terms of its effects on the environment and its returns of investment.

 

In the October 15th Merced City Council meeting, an item appeared under "Reports" that asked for a resolution that the

City Council of the City of Merced finds that farming and planting tree crops will be an allowed interim use within Bellevue Ranch West at such time that environmental review has occurred and the property owner has obtained an Interface Conditional Use Permit from the City of Merced to ensure compatibility with the existing residential uses within Bellevue Ranch.

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California's winter pastures are greening up

Submitted: Dec 23, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 California ranks fourth in the nation for sales of cattle and calves despite drought and the constant encroachment of almond orchards onto seasonal pastureland. -- blj

 

 

 

12-22-14

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NY governor bans fracking

Submitted: Dec 19, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

And New York doesn't even have the San Andreas Fault to worry about. -- blj

12-18-14 

Huffington Post 

New York Gov. Gets Kudos, Scorn After Fracking Ban

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN

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The two voices of California agriculture: Bragging and Whining

Submitted: Dec 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Although these "articles" appear in mainstreem media outlets. their true audience is state and federal politicians, agencies and, in general, any public source of funding and any regulator who can be bought, rented or silenced. With the passage of state legislation to begin the process of regulation of groundwater, California agribusiness flakmeisters will be concocting tales of wonder and tales of woe about agricultural forever, as usual, when some public concern slightly impedes the forward march of their commodities' careers in the market. -- blj

 

 

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Merced County Board of Supervisors in their own words: Water Update, October 21, 2014

Submitted: Dec 06, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Once again and despite the severe drought, our supervisors are out of their depth. They have responded to the groundwater crisis like a concussed, four-man defensive line.

Reference: AB 1739: Groundwater Management, Dickinson, Chaptered Sept. 16, 2014. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=2013... -- blj

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Present: Chairman Gerry O'Banion, supervisors Hub Walsh, Lynn Davis and John Pedrozo. Absent: Supervisor Deidre Kelsey.

 

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Heads up for Tree Cities USA

Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 When they were planting the Urban Forest, did they ever imagine a really severe drought?

11-12-14

Ukiah Daily Journal

Heads up for Tree Cities USA

Trees may need extra care, officials say

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The origin of California water wars

Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 Lawyer Jennifer Buckman, representing Friant, said the state’s orders had the effect of putting birds on the refuges ahead of people in small east-side communities such as Orange Cove, Terra Bella, Lindsay and Strathmore... He added that the zero allocation and drought forced farmers to run their groundwater wells more than usual. The pumping lowered the water table and many wells dried up in rural neighborhoods, Jacobsma said. -- Grossi, Fresno Bee, Oct. 28, 2014

At last the truth can be revealed: the San Joaquin Valley water system was created by lawyers for lawyers and lawyers will prosper as long as farmers are well enough subsidized by the government to foot the fees to keep on suing the government.-- blj

 

 

 

 

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Valley tourism in a megadrought: Come on down!

Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Various heads of assorted chambers of commerce and Ben Duran, current CEO of Carol Whiteside's Great Valley Center, local fomenter of the greatest real estate boom and financial bust in Valley history, are promoting tourism to the San Joaquin Valley.

Come on down to Megadroughtistan! Feel the land sink as giant pumps suck out deep aquifers! See the mountains rise! See the final, desperate almond blooms! See the dying Honey bee going extinct along with a host of species native to the Valley! See the wells of towns and then cities go dry as almond orchards owned by finance, insurance and real estate corporations pump on and on! Experience pesticide/fertilizer laden dust clouds first hand from inside air-conditioned buses! See the Black bears in Bakersfield and other Valley towns and county seats! See the sick and starving migrating water fowl! Read all the lyric wannabe James Agees, see the photos of all the wannabe Walker Evans, as they chronicle the misery, the misery!

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