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Warm, dry weather pushes strawberry season

California strawberry production is off to a fast start in 2015 because of warm afternoons and a lack of rainfall in the state's prime growing regions. The peak season is arriving about a month earlier than usual. More

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Napa winemaker was unraveling before he shot investor, self

Robert Dahl, 47, killed his biggest investor and then killed himself, leaving behind his wife, three children and two decades worth of failed... More


Drought hastens decline of Valencia orange production

Valencia orange producers in California are expecting a 20-million-carton crop this season, as a decline in production since 2000 is being... More


Cattlemen plot strategy to fight Calif. grazing regulations

The California Cattlemen's Association is preparing to fight a proposed set of grazing regulations being developed by the State Water Quality Control... More


California lawmakers heading to Cuba on spring trade trip

Officials in California, the nation’s top food producer, see an opportunity for more trade. More

California Senate moves $1B water plan amid drought

A companion measure to authorize fines for illegal diversions of water drew criticism from Republicans for expanding government powers without traditional legislative scrutiny. More

Lawmakers to vote on $1B water plan amid drought

The $1 billion plan is labeled emergency legislation, but much of the funding has been available to the state for years and it could take years to make a difference in the water supply. More

Bill touts workers’ rights in light of Gerawan dispute

A bill in the California Legislature would give farmworkers access to Agricultural Labor Relations Board contract mediation hearings and require the ALRB to nullify contracts when the union disappears for more than three years. The bill is in response to the more than two-year dispute at Gerawan... More

California governor proposes $1 billion in drought spending

The legislation includes $128 million to ease dire water shortages in some communities; the financial struggles of unemployed farm workers in the Central Valley; and dry conditions that contribute to wildfires.The remainder comes from bonds already approved by voters. More

Board notices signal another year of irrigation shutoffs

Ranchers along the Mill, Deer and Antelope creeks in northern California have been notified they could again receive water-shutoff notices at times this year to accommodate migrating fish. Last year they were among the first of about 10,000 water rights holders to receive stop-diversion orders... More

Farm groups offer tepid praise to Brown’s drought package

Gov. Jerry Brown and top California lawmakers have proposed a pair of bills accelerating nearly $1 billion in spending for drought relief projects. The proposal was mostly praised by farm groups such as the California Farm Bureau Federation, which used the announcement to renew calls for more... More

California lawmakers to announce drought-relief package

The water in the Sierra Nevada snowpack, California’s largest water source, is far below normal. More

California officials set modest plans for vanishing Salton Sea

The lake must compete with other projects for limited state bond money. More

Water agency seeks input on Calif. groundwater plan

The California Department of Water Resources is taking public comments through June 1 on its strategic plan for implementing a series of bills giving the state more control over groundwater use. More

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