Redwood Hill Farm named green business
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery has received certification as a green business by the Sonoma Green Business Program.
The Sebastopol maker of goat milk yogurt, kefir and artisan cheeses has been recognized for environmentally friendly practices, including its solar power system, its work to reduce the amount of plastic by about half in its cups and lids, and its composting, recycling and water reclamation programs.
The green business program, part of the county’s Economic Development Board, is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that recognize small and medium-sized businesses for environmental practices.
Ag Department gathers resources to fight citrus greening disease
The federal government is getting involved in the fight against citrus greening disease, in hopes of saving Florida’s — and possibly the entire nation’s — citrus crop.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that it will gather various groups, agencies and experts to coordinate federal research on fighting the disease.
The citrus greening bacteria, which is spread by an insect, threatens Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry. Growers and scientists suspect that many of Florida’s 69 million citrus trees are infected, with some estimates as high as 75 percent.
California is the country’s biggest supplier of fresh-market oranges, and its 285,000-acre citrus industry is second only to Florida, according to California Citrus Mutual. California has seen one affected orange tree, in a Los Angeles County backyard.
Feds seek $360 million for expansion of Central Valley reservoir
Federal officials have proposed a $360 million expansion and seismic upgrade for one of California’s largest reservoirs that serves as a key water source for Central Valley farmers.
The proposal by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation would increase the height of the 305-foot-high earthen dam at the San Luis Reservoir by 20 feet, creating another 130,000 acre-feet of storage capacity, The Modesto Bee reported.
The reservoir, which lies between Gilroy and Los Banos, can currently hold more than 2 million acre-feet of water.
Chris White, general manager of the Central California Irrigation District, said the reservoir currently fills to capacity during wet years, losing excess water. The increased capacity would capture more water for storage, and help bolster supply to residential customers and farms in dry years.
The expansion would also include seismic work on the dam built in 1967, and upgrades to dikes and other infrastructure around the reservoir.
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