State Water Project & Central Valley Project to Deliver 100% of Requested Supplies
On Thursday, the California Department of Water Resources announced that it “now expects to deliver 100 percent of requested water supplies” under the State Water Project (SWP) this year. The same day, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that all Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors north and south of the Delta would receive “100% of their contract supply.”
The full deliveries represent a rapid turnaround for the water projects. In February, both SWP and CVP forecasted mere 35% deliveries. In late March, in the immediate wake of the atmospheric rivers, the SWP projected deliveries of 75% of requested water and the CVP 80%. The last time the SWP and CVP delivered 100% of requested supplies was 2006 and 2017, respectively.
The announcements come as California’s reservoir storage sits at 105% of its historic average after several atmospheric rivers hit the state earlier this year. As the state’s historic snowpack begins to melt, reservoir levels are expected to remain high. In addition to the contracted SWP and CVP allocations, the State has allowed local water agencies to divert excess ‘flood flows’ resulting from the storms.
USDA Extends ECP Application Deadline for Severe Storm Recovery to Oct. 13
The California State Office of the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that it has “extended the deadline for accepting Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) applications from California agricultural producers who need assistance to address damages from severe storms” until October 13. ECP sign-ups are currently available for producers impacted by severe winter storms in every county except Lake, Lassen, Mono, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
For additional details, see FSA’s announcement, here, or read last week’s edition of Legislative Bulletin. To apply, contact your county FSA office.
American Angus Foundation Commercial Cattlemen Scholarship Application due May 1
The American Angus Foundation Commercial Cattlemen Scholarship is open. The scholarship is for youth who use Angus sires or dams in their commercial operations. To apply, youth or their guardians must use Angus genetics in their breeding operations. To apply and learn more about the scholarship, click here. Applications are due Monday, May 1, 2023 and are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBCIA + CAA Tour
The California Beef Cattle Improvement Association and the California Angus Association Industry Tour is taking place May 16-18. Participants will visit the Central Valley and have the opportunity to tour an array of livestock operations, local agricultural businesses and hear from industry leaders. Limited space is available and spots are on a first come first serve basis. To view the agenda and register for the tour click here.