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Drought shrinks 2015 almond crop by 3 percent, industry says

Drought-related stress on trees will likely lead to a slightly smaller almond crop in California this year, industry officials have predicted. The crop estimate comes after last year's crop came in smaller than expected. More

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Advisor helps SJ Valley growers meet challenges, opportunities

Maxwell Norton, the retiring director of the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Merced County, was in early pioneer in research... More


Tomato harvests underway amid heat wave

California tomato growers are starting harvests of what they say is a decent crop this year, as contracts for processing tomatoes are expected to... More


Almond board deflects criticism, sets $2.5 million for research

The Almond Board of California announced $2.5 million in research into water efficiency, honeybee health and best practices for the coming fiscal... More


More shutoff notices issued to senior water right holders

California's State Water Resources Control Board has issued more curtailment notices to senior right holders south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. More

Gallery to feature National Farm Workers Association co-founder

Delores Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez in 1962 to advocate for migrant workers. More

Evacuations lifted as wildfire near historic mission slows

The area is largely rural and home to numerous livestock and domestic animals. More

Wet weekend helps fight against massive California wildfire

The wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest has scorched 48 square miles of desert brush and forest timber. More

Vilsack announces another $150 million in Calif. drought aid

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced another $150 million in drought relief for California on June 24, the bulk of which will be used to restore mountain watersheds. More

Prop. 2 blamed for decline in egg production in Calif.

Egg production and the number of egg-laying hens are down significantly in California since last year, according to a USDA report. Farmers are decreasing their hen numbers to comply with Proposition 2, the 2008 initiative that set minimum cage sizes. More

Many California farmers miss deadline to report water cuts

Data show less than a third of the farmers, water districts and communities responded to the broadest conservation order for those with nearly ironclad water rights by the State Water Resources Control Board. More

FFA students build hog loading ramp for Shasta fair

FFA members from Cottonwood, Calif., made a hog loading ramp and donated it to the Shasta District Fair at the request of a fair supporters' group. The fair has had toe creative in raising money since most state funding for local fairs was cut several years ago. More

Cooler weather to help crews battling California forest fire

Cooler temperatures aid fire crews. More

San Juan Capistrano to refund $4.1 million for water rates

The city has already settled with the plaintiff. More

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