California Almond Acreage and Potato Victory in Mexico
**Republican Representative Dan Newhouse, and Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell, both from Washington, have introduced the Pacific Northwest Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act of 2021 to improve permitting for pumped storage hydroelectric projects, and protect Tribal interests.
The bill aims to increase renewable energy production and storage in the Pacific Northwest.
Senator Cantwell says this legislation will help increase our use of carbon-free power and create jobs in Eastern Washington.
**California’s 2020 almond acreage is estimated at 1.6 million acres, 5.3% higher than 2019, according to USDA data from the National Ag Statistics Service.
Of all 2020 acreage, 1.25 million acres were bearing, 5.9% above 2019, and 350,000 acres were non-bearing, up 2.9%.
Preliminary bearing acreage for 2021 is estimated at 1.33 million acres.
Fresno, Kern, Stanislaus, Merced and Madera counties, account for 73% of the total bearing acreage.
**A big day Wednesday for U.S. potato growers when the Mexican Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous 5-0 vote to overturn a 2017 lower court decision that prevented the Mexican federal government from implementing regulations allowing fresh U.S. potatoes imported throughout the country.
The ruling, cheered by the National Potato Council and Potatoes USA, marks the end of a decade-long legal process that began when Mexico’s potato industry sued its government to prevent competition from imports.