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Warm, dry weather pushes strawberry season
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Warm, dry weather pushes strawberry season
California strawberry production is off to a fast start in 2015 because of warm afternoons and a lack of rainfall in the state's prime growing regions. The peak season is arriving about a month earlier than usual.

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Bill touts workers’ rights in light of Gerawan dispute
Bill touts workers’ rights in light of Gerawan dispute
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California governor proposes $1 billion in drought spending
The legislation includes $128 million to ease dire water shortages in some communities; the financial struggles of unemployed farm workers in the Central Valley; and dry conditions that contribute to wildfires.The remainder comes from bonds already...
Napa winemaker was unraveling before he shot investor, self
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Board notices signal another year of irrigation shutoffs
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Farm groups offer tepid praise to Brown’s drought package
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California lawmakers to announce drought-relief package
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California officials set modest plans for vanishing Salton Sea
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Water agency seeks input on Calif. groundwater plan
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Winery owner guns down investor in frantic chase through vineyard
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More rain needed as rangelands enter peak growing season
More rain needed as rangelands enter peak growing season
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