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Drought, heat take toll on almond sizes, weights

The harvest of early almond varieties is under way in California, and growers say the sizes and weights of some nuts are down. Drought, heat and disease pressure are seen as contributing to the troubles. More

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LaMalfa urges Senate, Obama to act on border bills

A congressman who sits on the House of Representatives' agriculture committee is calling for President Barack Obama and the Senate to act on border... More

 

Trying to avoid ‘dead dry’

Agriculture and environmental experts say it's unlikely that California's system of water rights could be scrapped or changed overnight. But farm... More

 

Forecasters say El Nino too weak to end drought

Climate forecasters have backed off somewhat on their prediction that El Nino conditions will prevail off the coast of California this winter. While... More

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Four at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has said Rancho Feeding Corp. processed diseased and unhealthy animals and circumvented federal inspection rules. More

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm. Solar farms have been criticized for their impacts on desert tortoises, and wind farms have killed birds, including numerous raptors. More

Probe sought into possible water diversion

The California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are calling on the state board that oversees water rights to investigate possible water diversion by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. More

Southern California fire now 40 percent contained

Eight helicopters and 200 firefighters battled the fire in steep, rugged terrain. More

Farm groups cheer California water bond proposal

Farm groups in California hailed the $7.5 billion water bond measure agreed to by Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers. The measure, which will appear on the November ballot, would include $2.7 billion for storage. More

2 lawmakers vote ‘no’ on California water bond

A Republican and a Democrat vote against compromise water bond agreement. More

Ranch owners to pay $1.1 million for destroying vernal pools

Ranch owners near Red Bluff, Calif., agreed to pay out $1.1 million in a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after allegedly destroying wetlands on their property. More

Drought, freezes diminish Calif. table olive crop

The National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts that this year's table olive crop in California will be 45 percent smaller than last year's. But an industry leader says NASS may even have been too optimistic with its report. More

Californians to vote on $7.5 billion water plan

After weeks of difficult negotiations, the ballot measure sailed through both houses of the Legislature: 77-2 in the Assembly and 37-0 in the Senate. Republican Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks and Democrat Wesley Chesbro of Arcata cast the dissenting votes in the Assembly. More

Decision on Calif. milk pricing to come swiftly

California's pricing of milk to manufacture cheese, which has given California dairymen severe heartburn and caused industry infighting for four years, could be on the the verge of a landmark decision by California's Ag Secretary Karen Ross.  More

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