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New psyllid quarantine plans advance as research intensifies

As new research faciities come online to tackle the Asian citrus psyllid and huanglongbing, the deadly tree disease spread by the pest, California officials are still considering strengthening the quarantine for the psyllid. More

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Festivals promote California’s peach-production prowess

A group that sponsors 11 farmers' markets in the Sacramento has planned a series of festivals this summer to celebrate peach production, in which... More


Beekeepers urged to enter honey in awards competition

Beekeepers are urged to enter their honeys in the annual Good Food Awards competition by July 31. The awards are meant to recognize good farming... More


Almond growers urged to reduce dust during harvest

Almond growers received tips on reducing harvest dust during a pair of workshops hosted by the Almond Board of California. Farm industries are... More


Dark smoke hangs over scenic stretch of California coast

The blaze that has destroyed 20 homes was burning inland over a ridge from the Pacific Coast Highway. More

Agencies offer grants, loans for water projects

State and federal agencies have been offering a series of "funding fairs" in California to educate rural officials about the funding available for small-scale water projects. More

Study: Direct-marketers create more jobs in their own regions

A University of California-Davis study finds that farms that market their products directly to consumers create more local jobs that conventional growers, who tend to use resources that are more far-flung. More

Firefighters make progress against big California blaze

The fire’s size increased modestly overnight to 58½ square miles. More

Scientists capture images of rare wolverine in Sierra Nevada

Talk of reintroducing wolverines in California has been put on hold while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers its response to a federal court order in Montana that overturned its decision denying protection of the animal under the Endangered Species Act. More

1 killed in N. California crop-duster collision

One of the planes crashed in a rice field on private land and the second landed safely. More

California court denies push for payment during tunnel tests

The landowners in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta had demanded payment for thousands of acres sought by the state for testing. More

Calif. urged to delay cap-and-trade extension, changes

Farm groups are urging Gov. Jerry Brown and other California decision-makers to wait until closer to the 2020 sunset of the state's cap-and-trade program before deciding whether to expand or extend it. More

Range rider program seeks to avert wolf-livestock conflicts

The California Wolf Center is setting up a range rider program under which willing ranchers in far Northern California could have someone patrol their properties every few days looking for evidence of wolves or other predators. More

Former Interior secretary Babbitt enlisted for California giant tunnels

Gov. Jerry Brown wants local water agencies to pay for building two, 35-mile tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento River under the delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and on to water contractors, primarily in Central and Southern California. More

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