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Agencies tout progress on California’s water-efficiency blueprint

California officials say they’ve made significant progress in the past year in implementing Gov. Jerry Brown’s Water Action Plan, which he introduced in 2014 to guide water efficiency efforts. More

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Winter rains could boost Red Bluff Bull Sale receipts

Jan. 24-28. More


Strawberry production stabilizes; China begins imports

California growers expect to plant 36,141 acres of strawberries this year, up slightly from 2016, as production set another record last year. More


Western Innovator: Executive boosts berry production

Hector Lujan worked his way up through the ranks of Reiter Affiliated Companies by helping to greatly expand its berry-growing operations in Central... More


Second of three back-to-back storms arrives in California

On the Central Coast, a flood advisory was issued for parts of San Luis Obispo County as rain fell at rates between a quarter-inch and a half-inch per hour. More

California thieves take 190,000 bees from Montana beekeeper

The thieves used semitrailers to steal the bees sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning in Yuba City. More

Calif.’s State Water Project increases allocation to 60 percent

The California Department of Water Resources announced that State Water Project contractors will get at least 60 percent of normal supplies, an increase from a 45 percent allocation a month ago. More

Tulare County extends marijuana ban

Marijuana growers and prospective marijuana growers urged the council to reconsider the measure. More

Timber industry may challenge Cascade-Siskiyou monument expansion

Travis Joseph, president of the Portland-based American Forest Resource Council, said Friday the expansion improperly included several thousand acres of federal land that Congress has prioritized for logging. More

Cattlemen meet new legislators, plan bills for 2017 session

The California Cattlemen’s Association is meeting new members of the Legislature and planning potential bills to sponsor in the 2017 session. More

More than 40 percent of California emerges from drought

This time last year, 97 percent of the state was in drought. More

Brown’s budget includes boosts for CDFA, ag education

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget includes boosts for higher education and the Department of Food and Agriculture, which will regulate marijuana and step up efforts to fight the Asian citrus psyllid and huanglongbing More

Small tornado touches down as storms wallop California

Interstate 80 remained closed Wednesday between the Nevada border and Colfax, California, after more than 6 feet of snow fell. More

California storms help fill reservoirs but slow ag work

The two “atmospheric river” storms that deluged California this week have boosted snowpack and reservoirs but slowed citrus harvests and caused little reported crop damage. More

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