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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


Gov. Brown vetoes antibiotics, farm labor bills

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed bills that would have given new voluntary federal standards for antibiotic use in livestock the force of law in the Golden State and made a farm labor mediator's decision immediately implementable even if an appeal has been filed. More

No more storms on horizon for California

After last week's impressive rainstorm in Northern California, October is expected to remain mostly dry, according to forecasters. More

California burns through initial firefighting budget

So far this year, the state has responded to nearly 5,000 fires, about 1,200 more than average through the first nine months of the calendar year. 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

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