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.
A state board postponed a vote Wednesday that could potentially put the gray wolves on the endangered species in California.
Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is throwing the full weight of his office behind his push for a new state budget reserve by calling the legislature into special session next week. Republicans say he’ll have to strengthen his proposal to win their support.
Tea party members in California spent Tax Day trying to send a message to the government.
After three years of bitter disputes, there appears to be a deal in the California legislature on a bill that would make it easier for school districts to fire teachers accused of abusing students. But not all education groups are on board.
A new Field Poll finds that Californians continue to have a very low opinion of the U.S. Congress.