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Rice, nuts fuel ag boom in N.E. California, study finds

Agriculture has boomed in northeastern California in the last 10 years and now accounts for 17 percent of all economic activity in the Sacramento Valley and northern Sierra Nevada region, according to a California State University-Chico study. More

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Navel, Valencia orange harvests promise good summer fruit

Navel orange harvest in California is wrapping up, with fruit expected to appear in stores through the July 4 holiday, while the harvest of Valencies... More


Hands-on activities teach hydrology, math at ag ed day

Northern California fourth-graders learned about water runoff, math on the farm and other topics during the 22nd annual agricultural education day... More


Ag woes have big impact on San Joaquin Valley economy

While agriculture may seem small compared to the entire California economy, it has a big impact on commerce in the San Joaquin Valley, long the... More


California awards $250M to career prep programs

The state distributed nearly $250 million in grants Wednesday to dozens of programs that combine academic and technical coursework at the high school and community college level with hands-on training and work experience supplied by employers. More

Environmental group lauds farms’ water conservation, urges more

Sierra Club California credits agriculture for gains in water efficiency over the past few decades but asserts too many farms are still relying on flood irrigation and that growers should stop fighting groundwater management regulations that could save their crucial water source in the long run. More

Some fear SJ Valley ag could go the way of timber industry

Some growers in the San Joaquin Valley are beginning to see comparisons between their industries and timber, whose decline was hastened by protections for the Northern spotted owl. Others point out that the return of rains would improve farms' prospects. More

California looks Down Under for drought advice

“The outstanding feature of the California drought is the way in which it’s been allowed to become incredibly serious, with — from an Australian perspective — an absolutely pathetic and nominal sort of response,” said Daniel Connell, an environmental policy expert. More

High winds whip fires at ag byproducts plant

High winds whipped fires that burned agricultural byproducts and a nearby field at a plant in Tracy, Calif. The smoldering remains were expected to be totally extinguished by May 23. More

California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers

California water regulators on Friday accepted an offer from California farmers with the most senior water rights to reduce their consumption by 25 percent. More

Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

A look at the issues surrounding Friday's expected decision on senior riparian water rights. More

California cherries wrap up light

California's cherry crop may fall short of its estimate but good quality and timing sets a good table for Washington. More

California water cuts move to those with century-old rights

state officials said Wednesday that they would start mandatory cuts this week to the state’s oldest rights holders. More

Farmer halts harvest to save baby tricolored blackbirds

About 15,000 tricolored blackbirds are temporarily nesting in fields of triticale silage. More

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