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Faraday launches production model despite setbacks | John Lindt | business

Seeking to move on from the embarrassing news that the company had misrepresented demand for its proposed high-end FF-91 electric car, Faraday Future is streaming the announcement which is called their production model evolution at 7 p.m. February 23. , after this article went to press.

Faraday Future has had its ups and downs since introducing the FF-91 model in 2018, but now wants to move beyond the controversy to focus on the car itself which is to be manufactured at Hanford. The FF-91 develops 1,050 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in 2.39 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. The company claims the electric car can travel 376 miles on its battery.

A competitor to the Tesla Model X, the car has been delayed from its original 2018 production date. The company recently admitted to misleading its investors but now seems determined to get the car on the road to be manufactured in Hanford.

Kings-Tulare remains the epicenter of the subsidence

The California Department of Water Resources has released new satellite data that shows subsidence — or land surface subsidence due to overpumping of groundwater — is continuing in the state.

The areas experiencing the most subsidence in the 2021 Water Year are in the San Joaquin Valley, with a maximum of 1.1 feet of subsidence in the greater Corcoran area. This includes part of Kings and Tulare counties – which is the worst affected area in the state. Data shows that in 2021, subsidence greater than 0.5 feet per year extended to more areas than observed in 2020. However, fewer areas experienced higher rates of subsidence than at the end of the last drought of 2016.

“California people rely on groundwater during drought, so it’s no surprise that land in some areas continues to sink,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “But it is good news that, compared to previous droughts, the subsidence is slowing down.”

Foster Farms pulls 3 apps to expand in Kings County

With rumors that the business is about to sell, Livingston-based Foster Farms has withdrawn three applications to open and expand chicken farms in Kings County, according to Community Development Manager Chuck Kinney.

Last June, we reported that Zacky Farms ranches in Kings County that raised turkeys were being converted by Foster Farms to raise chickens or turkeys. Foster Farms acquired the ranches from bankruptcy in 2019. The former Zacky Farms ranches will now sit idle, perhaps until a new owner is in place at Foster Farms.

Westlands gets zero allocation from CVP

On February 23, the Bureau of Reclamation announced an initial 0% allocation for the Westlands Water District and other southern irrigation contractors of the Delta Central Valley Project (CVP). This is the fourth time in the last decade that irrigation contractors in the southern delta have received a 0% allocation. Westlands says, “along with the Water District, persistent drought conditions in 2021 have resulted in over 200,000 acres being laid fallow, countless jobs lost and thousands of acres of food unharvested.”

Solar on the canals – first project launched in the valley

Based on a study by researchers at UC Merced, California recently approved a project to cover two canals with solar panels in the Central Valley.

It is a $20 million collaborative project funded by the State of California, involving the Turlock Irrigation District (TID), the Department of Water Resource, UC Merced and a solar company. The project may provide an opportunity to shade California canals to stop evaporation. The company will erect canopies of solar panels that will cover the canal from side to side.

Researchers say an array of solar panels above water could generate a 20-50% higher return on investment than installing the same panels on the ground.

South Sierra sees first snow in two months

This week’s storm was much larger in the foothills and mountains of the valley than on the valley floor, says Hanford meteorologist Carlos Molina. China Peak near Huntington Lake says it received five to eight inches of fresh snow with cold weather likely to keep the snowpack intact for some time. Molina says while Hanford got just under a tenth of an inch, Three Rivers got a third of an inch and Wolverton near Giant Forest saw 6 inches of new snow with a few more possible on Wednesday.

“It’s the first precip since late December,” meaning it’s been nearly two months, at the height of the rainy season, since the valley hasn’t seen rainfall with the Sierra. The mountains have lost much of the good snowpack that had accumulated in late 2021 due to warm weather.

The latest storm was vigorous in the Tahoe and Tioga Pass area of ​​Yosemite, Molina said, where the pass saw about a foot of snow. As for new storms, Molina says there’s a chance we’ll get wet again around March 2.

Crop production falls — imports rise

Vegetable production in the United States and Kings County has fallen in recent years even as vegetable imports have increased by 200%. Americans eat their vegetables year-round these days, providing an opportunity for produce grown overseas.

In 2021, national production for the 26 estimated crops of vegetables and melons amounted to 679 million quintals, down 4% from 2020.

In Kings County, 2020 vegetable production, including processing tomatoes, totaled 37,515 acres, while non-tomato vegetable production was 7,924 acres. In contrast, at Kings in 2014, total vegetables including tomatoes was 47,210 acres, with vegetables plus tomatoes totaling 13,207 acres.

The value of production used for 2021 U.S. vegetable crops was $12.7 billion, down 10% from a year earlier.

The United States receives fresh vegetables from over 125 different countries, but most imports come from Mexico and Canada. In 2020, Mexico accounted for 77% of U.S. fresh vegetable import volume and Canada for 11%.

Both gain an edge by offering greenhouse-based imports as well as organic options, increasing choices for consumers. While conventional and field-grown fresh vegetables still account for most imports, organic and greenhouse vegetables are expanding their market reach.

Between 1998 and 2020, the volume of fresh vegetable imports increased by almost 200% and the value of fresh vegetable imports exceeded exports by $7.6 billion, more than double the same figure ten years earlier. .

Summer is historically the main market window for U.S. growers, but import volumes of fresh vegetables from Mexico during the summer months have seen substantial increases over the past 15 years. For example, the volume of pepper imports increased by 742% to 127 million pounds in the summers of 2018–20, from 15 million pounds in the summers of 2008–10.

Cattle numbers down, prices up

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its annual cattle report released Jan. 31, estimated that the total U.S. cattle herd as of Jan. 1 was down 2% from Jan. 1, 2021. The number fell for the third consecutive year and was the smallest since 2016.

The USDA estimated the total herd at 91,901,600 head, including 30,125,000 beef cows, down 2.3% from 2021, and 9,375,000 dairy cows, down 0.7%.

USDA inventory data and industry outlook point to declining beef cattle numbers and continued strong exports, suggesting tighter domestic beef supply and potentially higher prices beef.