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Trade tensions worry California farmers – WGNO New Orleans

.....Congressman Josh Harder, D-Calif., says it’s the tariffs themselves hurting farmers most. “Do they really want to reconcile with our trading partners, or do they want to continue to inflict needless pain on our families and farmers?” Rep. Harder said. Rep. Harder represents farming districts in California’s Central Valley. He says tariffs reduce access to international markets and that hurts farmers. “They’re on the front lines,” he explains. “We have to be able to sell our crops across the world.” Congressman Ami Bera, D-Calif., shared Rep. Harder’s concern and he thinks the new tariffs are really about the U.S. relationship with China. “He ought to work with Congress on this so we’re not blindsided,” Rep. Bera said. “If he’s concerned about the Chinese buying soybeans and other products from other parts of the world, not the United States, he ought to go back and think about some of the actions he took.
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Soria nabs the backing of UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta for Congressional bid – The San Joaquin Valley Sun

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As she looks to oust fellow Fresno Democrat, Rep. Jim Costa, Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria picked up the endorsement of United Farmworkers co-founder Dolores Huerta.

Soria and Huerta announced the news at a press conference at Artes America in downtown Fresno on Tuesday morning.

Before making her endorsement official, Huerta took a moment to reflect on the rich resources in the San Joaquin Valley.

“We are blessed that we can feed the nation and the world,” Huerta added.

She pivoted to a critical talking point for Soria: incredible poverty despite the rich…

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The cronyism and conflicts behind Trump’s attack on California – San Francisco Chronicle

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Angered by California’s temerity first in voting for his opponent in 2016 and then in repeatedly going to court to challenge his illegal actions, President Trump and his administration have launched an all-out assault on California.

This attack surely is done out of personal pique. But like so much of what drives this administration, it delivers the goods for corporate cronies.

The Trump…

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Down the fairway: Branxton teenager signs off on JNJG career in style – Newcastle Herald

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COREY Lamb watched, listened and took in everything he could as the Branxton teenager walked the fairways at the Australian Open. For a large part, Lamb followed rookie Newcastle professional Blake Windred and also checked in on amateurs Louis Dobbelaar and Elvis Smylie – all players he has competed against in the past 12 months. “I feel like I am close to being at that level, but getting there is another thing, I guess,” Lamb said. “It makes me motivated to work harder.” On Friday, Lamb signed off on a remarkable junior career by running away with the Jack Newton…

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Better and more California bok choy this season – FreshPlaza.com

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Supplies of California bok choy look good right now.

“We have very very good supplies of bok choy,” says Frank Ratto of Ratto Bros Inc. in Modesto, Ca., where supplies are coming from for Ratto’s year-round program. “We haven’t had the frost like we had last year so our volumes are good. It’s strong going into the first of the year.”

What growers are keeping an eye on are the California rains. “We may start having a problem with supplies if the weather gets cold here. If it gets too cold, then it burns it and it’s not marketable. And too much water makes it…

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Proposal would create 1st national database to track officer deaths by suicide – KSDK.com

For the third straight year, the number of police officers dying by suicide is higher than the number dying in the line of duty. And now, Missouri's U.S. senators are looking to help reverse that trend. Sen. Josh Hawley and Sen. Roy Blunt are co-sponsors of a bill that would create the first-ever national database of officer deaths by suicide.  It would be anonymous and voluntary for departments to provide the information to the FBI. The database would include the circumstances that occurred before the death by suicide or...
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Trump plan could bring growers more water. But will it harm California’s rare salmon? – The Desert Sun

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The Trump administration this week declared that pumping more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to supply farms will not jeopardize the endangered salmon and smelt that live in the estuary. This clears the way for the federal government to deliver more water, possibly as soon as next year.

The decision is a big and controversial step toward providing more water for people and less for fish. But the battle, yet another in a decades-long struggle for California’s…

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