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Adverse weather hampers Calif. olive oil production
Adverse weather hampers Calif. olive oil production
California olive oil producers are hoping to match last year's mark of 3.5 million gallons after adverse weather affected crop development. Production had been increasing dramatically in recent years.

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New guidelines aim to prevent bee die-offs
New guidelines aim to prevent bee die-offs
An industry group has suggested best-management practices to protect bees from pesticides during the almond blossom. Bee experts are lauding the effort, which follows a massive bee die-off at the end of the bloom earlier this year.
Even normal rain won’t end Calif. drought, expert says
California will likely remain in a drought this winter even if most areas receive normal rainfall, according to an expert from the federal Climate Prediction Center. The center issued its annual winter outlook, which predicts warmer weather throughout...
Yellow fever mosquito reaches Southern California
Experts say the mosquito is aggressive and bites during the day. It’s capable of spreading yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya — although so far those diseases haven’t turned up in Los Angeles County.
Big leap forward for recovery of endangered frog
The amphibians, whose scientific name is Rana muscosa, once thrived in the high mountain streams and lakes of the Sierra Nevada and Southern California.
$7.5 billion question faces California water users
$7.5 billion question faces California water users
Under California's proposed $7.5 billion water bond, it could take years before growers see any water from new storage projects, if they ever do. But farm groups say the measure would still provide a boost to existing water supplies.
UC course teaches about on-farm conservation
The University of California Cooperative Extension is offering an online course that aims to foster understanding among food safety professionals of certain conservation measures taken on the farm.
Calif. weather outlook still dry, but surprises may loom
Calif. weather outlook still dry, but surprises may loom
Forecasters still maintain that any El Nino that develops in California this winter will be weak, but a series of storms this week have suggested that occasional, pleasant surprises could be in store for the state.
Dairy farmers ask for help with hungry elk
Dairy farmers say the elk have knocked down fences and often gobble up the rye grasses that cows rely upon.
Vehicle sparked Yosemite fire that led to pilot death
Investigators had not determined what type of vehicle or what part may have caused the sparks, saying it could be the result of several things such as trailer safety chains dragging on the pavement, vehicle brake parts generating a spark or other sources.
Wildfires burn along key California interstate
About a dozen aircraft, including air tankers and helicopters, were making drops of fire retardant over the area, where a handful of homes dotted heavily forested foothills. About 80 homes were under threat, and six residential streets were under...