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California Weekly Update

Low snow readings bring sense of doom to Calif. growers

Meager results from the season's second manual snow survey in California reinforce a sense of doom for farmers who realize that drought conditions and their associated water shutoffs will likely be at least as severe this year as they were in 2014. More

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Hilmar Jerseys wins dairy innovation award

A California dairy focused on animal wellfare was awarded 2015 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year at the International Dairy Foods Association's... More


Raisin ruling may impact crop volume controls

A farmer's legal challenge to USDA's marketing order for raisins will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court and could have an impact on other volume... More


In search of the perfect sweet potato

University of California Cooperative Extension advisor Scott Stoddard has spent nearly 17 years trying to help develop a sweet potato that is both... More


New survey shows far less snow than last month in California

The latest survey makes it likely that the drought will run through a fourth consecutive year. More

Biologists: Raising California dam would harm salmon

Shasta Lake is the state’s largest reservoir and provides irrigation water for farmers and drinking water to Californians, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. More

50th Colusa Farm Show kicks off event-filled week

The 50th annual Colusa Farm Show will be held next week, kicking off a busy week that also includes the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference and the Klamath Bull and Horse Sale. More

California may dam 3 Delta channels, if drought persists

The Delta provides 25 million people with drinking water and irrigates millions of acres of farmland. More

Water panel begins process of considering bond projects

The California Water Commission is beginning the lengthy process of deciding which projects will be funded under the water storage portion of the $7.5 billion water bond passed by the state's voters in November. More

Bird flu found at Foster Farms turkey ranch in California

Routine food safety screening uncovered the flu outbreak at the Stanislaus County ranch. More

U.S. milk production up, prices down

U.S. milk production continues to increase, and milk prices continue a downward trend from record highs seen this fall. Analysts don't look for rmarket recovery until mid year but are forecasting continued moderate feed costs. More

Cage law blamed for skyrocketing egg prices in Calif.

Egg prices are skyrocketing in California, as a dozen eggs is expected to cost as much as 90 cents more by next week. The new cage requirements of Proposition 2 is seen as the main driver of the increase. More

Calif. strawberry acreage to decline slightly in 2015

Planted acres of strawberries in California are expected to decline again slightly in 2015, as water issues a higher yield-producing new varieties are perhaps contributing to the downward trend. More

Chloropicrin controls will add to growers’ costs, group says

New state restrictions on the use of chloropicrin, a powerful soil fumigant, could add costs to growers, the California Strawberry Commission contends. More

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