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MONSANTO, FARM GROUPS SUE OVER LABEL WARNINGS

Monsanto and farm groups today filed suit against California to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing glyphosate. California added glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing chemicals in July and will require that products containing the chemical carry warnings by July 2018. (Reuters)

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CALIFORNIA RAINS

Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in Northern California, delighting a state in its fifth year of drought and raising hopes that water-use restrictions might be eased, the Associated Press reports.

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CALIFORNIA DROUGHT IS EASED, NOT ENDED

The rain and snow hitting California this week –  partly fueled by an El Nino tied with the strongest on record  – will put a dent in the state’s 5-year-old drought but there’s a catch. The storms will help but will not end the drought in California, said Michael Anderson, the state climatologist. The heavy… read more

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EL NINO MAY EASE DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA

Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state’s punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the regions in the late 1990s, the Associated Press reports.

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ANTIBIOTIC BAN

California has adopted the toughest limits in the nation on the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock, barring their routine use to prevent illness or promote growth. The law also eliminates the availability of livestock antibiotics for over-the-counter sales.

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BIODIESEL KUDOS

Biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% and often by as much as 81% vs. petroleum, the California Air Resources Board affirmed the figures in the state’s revised low carbon fuels standard (LCFS) finalized Sept. 25.

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CALIFORNIA DROUGHT COSTS $2.7B IN 2015

The 4-year-old drought continues in California and will cost the economy $2.7 billion and nearly 21,000 jobs this year in the nation’s most populous state, according to a new study from the University of California-Davis. The biggest hit comes in agriculture, which will lose $1.84 billion this year, according to the study. Almost half of… read more

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DROUGHT’S COST

California’s farmers will have less irrigation water and will idle more cropland this year than they did last year, says a study by UC-Davis. It estimates direct agricultural losses of $1.8 billion, comprised of $1.2 billion in lower crop, livestock and dairy revenue and $600 million in higher costs to pump water from wells.

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PRODUCE OUTLOOK

The California drought continues into 2015—as of March, 42% of the State is classified under the exceptional drought rating. Despite these conditions, U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable price inflation is expected to be close to its historical average in 2015.

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DROUGHT IMPACT

California’s drought has driven the prices of some fruits and vegetables up substantially, but others are actually cheaper than they were a year ago. In fact, the U.S. Agriculture Department’s forecast for produce prices predicts modest increases of 2% to 3%.

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