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Heart-health studies boost almonds’ popularity

Almond experts attribute much of the rising popularity of their commodity among consumers to health studies like one recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition. More

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Calif. strawberry crop on pace for record

With its peak season drawing to a close, strawberry production in California is still on a pace for its eighth record-setting year in the last nine... More


Couple teaches fourth-graders about Boer goats

A Boer goat demonstration was among more than a half-dozen lessons that Northern California fourth-graders received during an agricultural education... More


Air monitoring finds low pesticide levels in Calif.

Air monitoring in three California agricultural communities has found pesticide residue at levels far below those that would cause health concerns, a... More


California’s water agencies look to budget water

Water agencies must be careful with tiered rates or they may violate Proposition 218, which allows water agencies to only charge for the cost of water service. More

UC-Davis to build solar plant to serve campus

The project is touted as one of the largest solar power plants to offset the electricity demand of a U.S. university or college campus. More

California may restrict common pesticide

Joel Nelson, president of the California Citrus Mutual, said that because somebody misused the pesticide, everybody shouldn’t be punished with restrictions. Nelson said regulators in Sacramento want to apply a “broad-brush approach,” which isn’t right. More

Rain helps reduce threat from California wildfire

The blaze was 55 percent contained and showed no growth after burning almost 150 square miles and destroying a dozen homes near the town of Pollock Pines. More

Small plane crashes in California vineyard; 2 hurt

The Kitfox IV airplane crashed in Sonoma about four miles west of Napa County airport and about 50 miles north of San Francisco. More

Price tag exceeds $53M for California wildfire

Nearly 8,000 firefighters are currently battling the King Fire that has burned 145 square miles and stretched into Nevada. More

Crews keep California fire in check despite winds

Containment was up to nearly 40 percent, but crews were expecting another day of gusty winds and low humidity Wednesday before the arrival of cooler, wetter weather. More

Plans for $200 million in drought relief released

One of the projects would replace 18 miles of an Amador Water Agency canal, 50 miles southeast of Sacramento, with a pipeline to save water that is now evaporating or seeping into the ground. Another would fund three new wells serving rural communities facing water shortages in Ukiah. More

Ranchers face deadlines for comments, disaster aid

Livestock producers in California face several upcoming deadlines for commenting on environmental proposals and taking advantage of available disaster relief. More

Crews work to clear debris from Shasta mudslide

Saturday’s mud flow happened when a tip broke off a glacier midway up Mount Shasta. More

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