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Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest

California rice farmers are wrapping up their harvest of a crop that's expected to be 23 percent smaller than last year's. Good yields on many of the acres that were planted will help make up at least a small part of the loss of revenue, as will sales of rice straw. More

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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... More


California water use drops 11.5 percent in August

California authorities say water consumption in the drought-plagued state fell 11.5 percen in August. More



Rain damage, water shortage hamper pumpkin crop

A few rain-damaged pumpkins in northern areas and water shortages in the San Joaquin Valley put a blemish on what has otherwise been a decent pumpkin crop in California, growers say. More

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. More

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 the West and less winter rain than normal in... More

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. More

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. More

$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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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 evacuation orders. More

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