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Giant African snails seized at Los Angeles airport

The snails were confiscated July 1 and a sample was sent the next day to a federal mollusk specialist in Washington, D.C., who identified them as a prohibited species. More

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California growers converting rice straw to cattle feed

Growers and University of California researchers have been working at converting rice straw left over from harvest into feed for livestock, which... More

 

Summer camp teaches city kids about farming

An agriculture-themed summer camp in Redding, Calif., gave urban youngsters a chance to do actual farm activities such as discing a field and using... More

 

Calif. cattlemen turn up heat on rustlers

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will bar those convicted of livestock theft from holding a registered brand in California for five years, and the... More

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Lawmakers urge FEMA to ease ag building rules

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and two California congressmen are calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood insurance program to ease its requirements for building agricultural structures in deep floodplains. More

Nominations open for Ag Hall of Fame

The Greater Stockton, Calif., Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations through Aug. 15 for its San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame, which is now in its 30th year. More

Cattle auction boss gets probation in cruelty case

The Los Angeles-based group Mercy for Animals secretly filmed workers kicking and stomping on pigs, hitting emus with a baton and slinging baby goats by the neck and hind legs. More

FSA programs to help offset drought-related losses

Sign-ups are being taken for a pair of USDA Farm Service Agency programs to help ranchers who've suffered drought-related losses. More

Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes

An unmanned aircraft that aimed to get video of the blaze burning near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento was sighted Sunday. More

California governor to meet with Mexican president

The trip, organized by the California Chamber of Commerce, includes a delegation of more than 100 state government, business, economic development, investment and policy leaders. More

Fresno Food Expo draws record number of vendors, buyers

Moved from March to July this year, the 2014 Fresno Food Expo drew a record number of participants, organizers said. More

Appeals court upholds proposed bullet train route

The court upheld the environmental review but also said the project must still abide by state environmental rules. More

Drought starting to kill salmon in Klamath Basin

The Salmon is a tributary of the Klamath River, and home to one of the last remnants of spring chinook salmon in the Klamath Basin, which return from the ocean in spring and stay in the river until October, when they spawn and die. A tributary of the Klamath River, it has no storage dams. More

Poll finds Californians back smaller water bond

The survey found 51 percent of likely voters back the existing measure and 26 percent are opposed. Support grows to 59 percent for a smaller bond, but questioners did not ask what price tag respondents would accept. More

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