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Yields vary as Calif. stone fruit harvests near end

As the harvests of stone fruit in California are wrapping up, growers say the quality of the fruit is excellent but some varieties' yields are down. The picking of other summer fruit is ongoing. More

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Producing top-quality fruit is ‘a process’

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LaMalfa urges Senate, Obama to act on border bills

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California mushroom production in decline

The volume of Agaricus mushrooms sold in California declined 14 percent in the commodity's most recent season, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. More

Vast Northern California wildfire keeps surging

The lightning-sparked fire near the Oregon border had forced the evacuation of people in as many as 250 scattered rural homes and other buildings by late Thursday. More

California counties ask to form separate state

Six counties have so far approved plans to pursue secession, either through elected officials or at the ballot box, and supporters plan to submit more petitions in the coming months. More

California environmentalists decry feds’ fire plan

The highly awaited decision released Wednesday will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park’s backcountry and private timber land. More

Judge won’t stop water for Klamath salmon

The judge ruled that the potential harm to salmon from drought conditions right now outweighs the potential harm to farmers next year. More

Ross withdraws controversial Calif. milk marketing bill

Following criticism and lack of support from California dairymen, California ag secretary has withdrawn her legislative proposal for sweeping reform to the state's milk marketing requirements for Class 4 milk. More

Forest Service to release Rim Fire recovery plan

Wildlife advocates want to leave the dead trees in place, but loggers say they favor sending the trees to sawmills to help pay for replanting the forest. More

Groups shun lawsuit despite own Hetch Hetchy concerns

Environmentalists mostly pan a group's lawsuit claiming San Francisco is given a pass by resource agencies in its operation of Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park. But green groups themselves have no love for the project that provides water for 2.5 million Bay Area residents. More

Brown signs pair of forestry bills

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills that allow foresters to replant their land based on the landscape and extend the filing period for renewing timber harvest plans. More

Prolonged bloom leads to varied prune yields

The harvest of plums for prunes is under way in California. Growers anticipate a larger crop than last year, but a prolonged blossom this spring has apparently led to varied yields. More

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