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Pistachio growers poised for record crop

Pistachio growers in California are set to have a record crop after a couple of disappointing seasons caused by drought and a lack of winter chiling hours. More

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UC-Davis testing fertilizer that turns ‘farm-to-fork’ on its head

Researchers at the University of California-Davis are trying out a natural fertilizer made from food waste on a newly planted almond orchard to see... More

 

Regulators prepare water diverters for stepped-up reporting rules

Officials from the California Water Resources Control Board held a workshop and "information fair" to prepare landowners for new regulations for... More

 

Changing weather doesn’t help firefighters

A roundup of the wildfires around the West. More

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California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

SB32 sets a new goal to reduce emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. More

Drought, labor costs concern table olive growers in down year

Drought and rising labor costs are still concerns for growers as California's table olive production is expected to be 17 percent below last year's bumper crop. More

California lawmakers revive farmworker overtime bill

For agricultural workers, the threshold required to get overtime pay is currently 10 hours a day or 60 hours a week. More

Newhouse may join Trump ag committee

It appears that no one from the Pacific Northwest is on Donald Trump’s agricultural advisory committee and it’s unknown if anyone from the PNW is on Rural for Hillary, which is not directly affiliated with the Clinton campaign. More

Crews make major gains against Southern California wildfire

The blaze covering nearly 58 square miles was 26 percent contained by early Friday, and plans were in the works to begin demobilizing some of the nearly 1,600 firefighters by afternoon. More

California wildfire in 2015 sparked by pot farm

The fire was the second most destructive in the Lake County area last year. More

California wildfire fuels destruction, uncertainty

Five years of drought have turned the state’s wildlands into a tinder box, with eight fires currently burning from Shasta County in the far north to Camp Pendleton just north of San Diego. More

Crews gain ground on Northern California fire

About 4,000 people in the town of Clearlake were allowed to return home. More

California wine industry’s economic impact growing, study finds

The California wine industry's overall economic output has grown by 17 percent within the state and 19 percent nationwide over the last seven years, according to a report by two industry advocacy groups. More

Clayton Fire burns winery, vineyards, orchards, rangelands

The Clayton Fire has burned some vineyards, walnut orchards and grazing fire in southern Lake County, Calif., but has so far spared the county's main agricultural areas. More

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