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“California Crop Labor Supply and Demand During COVID-19” by Alexandra E. Hill

April 22, 2021

Data indicate that effects from COVID-19-induced agricultural labor shortages during 2020 were less pronounced than demand-side market disruptions like restaurant closures.

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“The Cost of Overregulating Animal and Plant Biotechnology: Lessons from COVID-19” by David Zilberman, Alison L. Van Eenennaam, Felipe De Figueiredo Silva, and Josephine F. Trott

April 22, 2021

Modern molecular biology offers tools for precisely altering traits of crops and livestock. Similar tools have been used to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

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“Can Managed Aquifer Recharge Mitigate Drought Impacts on California’s Irrigated Agriculture? The Role for Institutions and Policies” by Ami Reznik, Ariel Dinar, Susie Bresney, Laura Forni, Brian Joyce, Steven Wallander, Daniel Bigelow, and Idda Kan

April 22, 2021

Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR)—storing water of various qualities in aquifers—is considered a potential strategy to mitigate recurring drought effects in California.

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“Optimal Social Distancing and the Economics of Uncertain Vaccine Arrival” by Terrence Iverson, Larry Karp, and Alessandro Peri

Feb. 18, 2021

The current, increased optimism about the imminent arrival and distribution of a COVID vaccine in the U.S. leads to an increased optimal level of social distancing. Under current circumstances, a …

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“COVID-19 Relief Programs Have Kept U.S. Farm Income High but Shortchanged California Producers” by Aaron Smith

Feb. 18, 2021

The federal government has taken significant actions to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the economy. Congress has passed two large bills, the $2.2 trillion CARES Act in April 2020, …

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“A Progress Report on California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act” by Arthur R. Wardle, Paige Griggs, and Ellen Bruno

Feb. 18, 2021

Regions of California will face significant reductions in water use in the coming years. This article provides an update on the progress made thus far towards implementing the Sustainable Groundwater …

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“Guacamole from Mexico Fuels Surge of Avocado Imports” by Hoy F. Carman

Dec. 11, 2020

This article looks at factors associated with recent rapid growth in demand for processed avocados, including adaptation and adoption of High-Pressure Processing (HPP) technology. California producer- and importerfunded research and …

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“By-Product Use in California Dairy Feed Has Vital Sustainability Implications” by Scott Somerville, Daniel A. Sumner, James Fadel, Ziyang Fu, Jarrett D. Hart, and Jennifer Heguy

Dec. 11, 2020

Milk cow feed rations in California include a huge variety of byproduct feeds that contribute a substantial share of nutrition. Byproduct use helps moderate feed costs, provides important income to …

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“2018 Trade War, Mitigation Payments, and California Agriculture” by Colin A. Carter, Jiayi Dong, and Sandro Steinbach

Dec. 11, 2020

The U.S. substantially increased a number of import tariffs in 2018, precipitating a trade war that was very costly to U.S. agriculture, given its dependence on international trade. The losses …

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“COVID-19 and Urban Water Consumption” by Mehdi Nemati

Oct. 13, 2020

This article examines the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on water usage in California, using anonymized customer water consumption daily data from a midsized city in Northern California (City). Results suggest …

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