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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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Oakland Zoo animals enjoy fruit after truck crash

About 13,000 pounds of plantains and jackfruit were donated to the zoo Wednesday after the fruit truck overturned on Interstate 580. Nobody was hurt. More

Two men plead no contest in 2010 state fair robbery

None of the three women who were ordered at gunpoint to give up their money could conclusively identify the suspects. More

Salmon will only get more water if die-off starts

The decision came under terms of a 2012 emergency water plan, and after consulting with tribes, irrigators and other agencies. More

Crews make gains on 2 California wildfires

Both fires grew rapidly over the weekend before being brought under control. Their spread underscored the tinder-dry conditions resulting from California’s third year of drought. More

New California fines for wasting water take effect

The stronger enforcement was triggered in part by a state report that found water consumption has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades. More

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

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