Memorial Day Office Hours
In recognition of the Memorial Day Holiday, our office will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018. Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, May 29.
CA State Water Project Allocation Increased to 35%
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has increased the State Water Project (SWP) allocation for 2018 to 35 percent – up slightly from the 30 percent allocation announced in April.

In December, SWP contractors were notified of an initial 15 percent allocation that was later raised to 20 percent in January.

DWR transports SWP water to 29 SWP contractors who serve more than 27 million Californians and about 750,000 acres of farmland. A 35 percent allocation amounts to 1,481,685 acre-feet of water.
Perdue Appoints ND Producer to FCIC Board of Directors 
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue appointed Michael Clemens of Wimbledon, North Dakota to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors. Clemens will serve a four-year term of office.

Michael Clemens has operated his family farm in Wimbledon for more than 40 years and is a customer of the federal crop insurance program. He has served on the National Sunflower Board, chaired the North Dakota Oil Seed Council, and served on the North Dakota Corn Growers Association Board. He is currently the Director for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE). 
Perdue Appoints TX Producer to FCIC Board of Directors 
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue appointed Rickey L. Bearden of Plains, Texas to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors. Bearden will serve a four-year term of office.

Rickey Bearden is a third-generation farmer with a 9500-acre family farm, which includes cotton, peanuts, wheat and grain sorghum. He has served with organizations such as Cotton Incorporated; Plains Cotton Growers; the National Cotton Council; and Cotton Council International. Bearden is currently on the Board of Directors for Southwest Council of Agribusiness and Plains Cotton Growers. 
NCIS Asked and Answered
NCIS has published the May 2018 edition of its Asked and Answered newsletter. The following topics of note were covered:
  • Prevented Planting Eligibility - Use of Intended Acreage Report
  • WFRP - Is Workers Compensation an Allowable Expense?

Follow the link below for the May 2018 A&A excerpt.
2017 California Walnut Acreage Report
California’s 2017 walnut acreage is estimated at 400,000 acres, up 10 percent from 2015. Of the total acreage, 335,000 were bearing and 65,000 were non-bearing.

Of the walnut acreage reported, Chandler continues as the leading variety with 121,524 bearing acres, followed by Hartley with 30,172 bearing acres. Chandler also accounted for 59 percent of the non-bearing acreage.

Butte County shows the largest acreage with 16 percent of the total, followed by San Joaquin with 14 percent and Tulare with 10 percent each.
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