National agriculture, water coalition highlights need for more water investments in Biden infrastructure proposal

Recognizing the constructive elements of conservation, efficiency, recycling and watershed management included in the Biden administration’s initial infrastructure proposal, a national coalition of more than 200 agricultural organizations and urban and rural water districts said today it would urge the federal government to further bolster investment in the nation’s aging water facilities. In January, the […]

Westlands awarded $1.6m WaterSMART grant from Bureau of Reclamation

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced that Westlands Water District was awarded a $1,609,000 grant from Reclamation’s WaterSMART Fiscal Year 2021 Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program. The grant was awarded to fund the District’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project, which will retrofit 760 manually read groundwater well meters with advanced, automated metering devices that […]

Westlands responds to Bureau of Reclamation actions

In response to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) announcement that the initial allocation for South-of-Delta agricultural repayment and water service contractors is 5%, Tom Birmingham, Westlands general manager, today issued the following statement: “Today’s announcement is no surprise given current hydrologic conditions and regulations that restrict operations of the Central Valley Project, but it […]

Westlands applauds Gov. Newsom’s Habitat Improvement Funding proposal

After the California State Assembly Budget Subcommittee #3 hearing discussing Governor Gavin Newsom’s state budget proposal, Tom Birmingham, Westlands Water District general manager, issued the following statement in strong support of the California Natural Resources Agency’s “Proposition 68: Habitat Improvement” budget change proposal (BCP): “Robust, effective habitat restoration is critical to supporting at-risk species and […]

Schuil & Associates and New Current Water and Land collaborate

Schuil & Associates, an industry-leading, family-operated ag real estate firm, today announced a cooperative relationship with New Current Water and Land, LLC – a Fresno-based firm specializing in the assessment, development, management, acquisition, and banking of water supplies throughout the Western U.S. – to counsel those interested in purchasing farmland in the San Joaquin Valley […]

Farm Bureau opens entries to calendar contest

Calling all student artists, Grades K-12… Enter our Farm Bureau art contest! Contest entries are due to the Tulare County Farm Bureau office by February 12, 2021 This year’s theme:   “Tulare County Agriculture… Changing the World”  Students are encouraged to creatively depict images of agriculture food and fiber production around Tulare County.   Inspiration is all around […]