The USDA will fund the grant through a federal sustainable agriculture program set up to help farmers save water and lessen their impact on the environment. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says cropland with at least 85 percent less water than normal will be given priority.
“They may want to improve their irrigation system,” says Vilsack. “They may want to stabilize that fallow ground that can’t be farmed to avoid soil erosion. They may want to improve their watering facilities for livestock.”
Projects like rehabilitating existing springs and using cover crops to enrich soil will also be funded under the grant. The money is part of the federal government’s Climate Action Plan to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
The last day to apply for federal assistance is March 3rd.
The University of California Board of Regents is set to debate a proposed tuition increase Wednesday. UC President Janet Napolitano’s plan would raise tuition by five percent for the next five years – unless the state increases the UC's funding.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is up with a new TV ad that criticizes Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
California is tapping into reserves to pay for the cost of fighting wildfires.
The official portrait of Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been unveiled and historian says Schwarzenegger’s image reflects the changing nature of gubernatorial portraits.
UPDATED: Gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari debated Thursday night. Watch a replay here, or listen to a reply at 9 a.m. Friday on the News Station, in place of Insight.