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Sophisticated plant breeding offers more ways to combat drought, climate change

The rainy season is kicking off with enough moisture to ease some Californians’ water worries, but the long-term outlook for agriculture remains one that calls upon farmers to maximize “crop per drop.” In the case of almonds, one of the state’s most profitable crops, it could take decades to transition from existing trees to others that can achieve similar yields with less water.
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Heavy rains welcome, but don’t end drought

Parts of California received record-breaking rainfall over the past week, but “it’s too early to tell” how much impact that will have on the current drought, says UC Davis professor Jay Lund, co-director of the Center for Watershed Sciences.
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USDA expands drought aid for cattle producers

The Agriculture Department is increasing the amount of assistance available to drought-stricken cattle producers by adding coverage for feed transportation costs to the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program.
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USDA lowers corn, soybean yield estimates due to drought

The prolonged drought in the upper Midwest is dragging down crop yields by more than the government or traders expected, although U.S. farmers should produce 4% more corn and 5% more soybeans this year than they did in 2020, according to the Agriculture Department's first survey-based estimates of the fall harvest.
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House Ag OKs $8.5B disaster aid bill

The House Agriculture Committee approved an $8.5 billion disaster bill that would cover a wide range of producers’ losses in 2020 and 2021, with somewhat more generous provisions than the recent relief programs.
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