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Walnut growers set to harvest smaller crop

The anticipated 650,000-ton walnut crop in California is 5 percent smaller than last year’s, but the smaller nut set has led to larger sizes, according to a government report. More

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Pollinator seed mix may contain Palmer amaranth weed, WSU warns

Some seed mixes designed to foster habitat for honeybees and other pollinators may be contaminated with Palmer amaranth, WSU researcher says. More


Officials seek to quell doubts about Oroville Dam’s future safety

State officials say patches of green foliage on the face of the Oroville Dam aren’t the result of seepage, but University of California... More


Smaller tomato harvest may bring short-term pain to growers

Contracted processing tomato production is about 11.5 million tons, which is lower than the May estimate and 8 percent below last year. More


California bill protecting immigrants nears vote

California lawmakers are preparing to vote on a "sanctuary state" bill that would expand protections for people living in the country illegally who come into contact with law enforcement More

Mondavi part of class of inductees in SJ County Ag Hall of Fame

Now in its 33rd year, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce-sponsored hall honors people who have contributed to agriculture and to their community in significant ways. More

Vintners scramble to protect grapes from heat amid harvest

Triple-digit temperatures in California’s prime wine-producing regions have prompted vineyard owners to step up irrigation and pick some grapes more quickly. More

Zinke directs more aggressive approach to prevent wildfires

The Forest Service and Interior Department have spent more $2.1 billion so far this year fighting fires. More

HLB causes Florida citrus production to fall behind California

The Golden State produced 3.9 million tons of citrus fruit in the 2016-2017 season compared to 3.5 million tons from Florida, whose industry has been devastated by huanglongbing. More

Table olives’ high yields, prices offset by rising costs, competition

This year’s anticipated 73,000-ton table olive crop in California up 9 percent from last year’s 67,100-ton crop, according to a government survey of growers. More

Record heat hit California wine regions around harvest time

The record head that baked Northern California over the Labor Day weekend left wine grapes shriveling on the vines, reducing many of them to raisins before the normal harvest More

Mexico diplomat meets with California officials, immigrants

The trip comes as negotiations to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada got off to a rocky start. More

Wind-whipped wildfires bear down on Glacier, Yosemite parks

Firefighters across the U.S. West struggled with wind-driven flames, hot temperatures and dry conditions even after the unofficial end to a summer of devastating wildfires More

Harvey relief won’t jeopardize Oroville Dam funds, officials say

Though the damage and flooding in Texas and Louisiana are one of the worst disasters in U.S. history, “nothing has changed” for the Oroville project, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official said. More

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