California Water Future and Weather-Related Crop Loss in 2022

California Water Future and Weather-Related Crop Loss in 2022

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**As still more storms dumped new snow onto California’s burgeoning snowpack, water managers, farmers and environmentalists gathered in Sacramento to discuss long-term challenges to secure a more certain water future.

Speakers called for partnerships among different water interests in the quest for statewide solutions.

Karla Nemeth, director of the California Department of Water

Resources, said the state’s water supply is much improved, but California’s “hotter, drier new normal” requires new thinking in water management.

**The request for consultation with Mexico by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office puts the U.S. one step away from a full dispute settlement under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

The National Corn Growers Association has been leading calls for the Biden administration to act.

NCGA President Tom Haag says, Mexico's position on biotech corn is already creating uncertainty, so we need U.S. officials to move swiftly and do everything it takes to eliminate this trade barrier.

**The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates 2022 crop losses due to weather and climate change at more than $21.4 billion.

The AFBF Market Intel analysis shows in 2022, 18 weather and climate disasters, each with damages exceeding $1 billion struck the U.S.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2022 surpassed 2021 as the third-costliest disaster year event in history, with an estimated $165 billion in total economic losses.

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