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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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“Going Nuts for More Bees: Factors Influencing California Almond Pollination Fees” by Brittney K. Goodrich and Jennie L. Durant

Oct. 13, 2020

Due to low almond prices, 2021 pollination expenses will be scrutinized. Using grower survey data, we find the following were associated with higher pollination fees and potential benefits for growers: …

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“Modifying Marketing Orders to Face New Challenges” by Rachael E. Goodhue and Harry M. Kaiser

Oct. 13, 2020

Growers’ strategies to enhance the economic sustainability of their farms are constantly evolving to address changing markets and production conditions. State or federal marketing orders enable farmers, farmer-organizations, and, in …

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“Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Winter Cover Cropping in California” by Ellen Bruno, Alyssa DeVincentis, Samuel Sandoval Solis, and Daniele Zaccaria

Aug. 13, 2020

Winter cover cropping is a promising agricultural management practice that boosts soil health. This article discusses a benefit-cost analysis of winter cover crop adoption and introduces a web-based interactive calculator …

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“Preparing for a Drier Future: Welfare Consequences on the Salton Sea Region of Re-allocating Colorado River Flow Deficit” by Jacob Rightnar and Ariel Dinar

Aug. 13, 2020

Colorado River water flow is running short of its 1922 allocation to users. We assess effects of reallocation of Colorado River water deficit on sectoral and regional welfare in the …

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