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Citrus industry to boost assessments to battle psyllid, HLB

The California Legislature has passed bills enabling the citrus industry to increase its grower assessments for activities to slow the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid and the deadly tree disease huanglongbing. More

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Generic maraschino cherry promotions nearing end

The future of the National Cherry Growers & Industries Foundation and generic promotions of maraschino cherries is questionable after this year... More


Brown restores FFA, career tech funding after outcry from supporters

Gov. Jerry Brown reinserted $15.4 million into his budget proposal for high school FFA and career technical programs after parents, students and... More


FFA members help special-needs kids raise goats for county fair

Six high school students with special needs were paired with mentors to help them raise goats to present and sell at the Glenn County Fair in Orland,... More


UNLV researcher studies desert’s ‘living carpet’

Biological soil crusts like highly specialized mosses, lichens, photosynthetic bacteria and their byproducts bring life to open spaces in arid environments. More

More invasive green crabs found near Sequim

Staff with Washington Sea Grant’s Crab Team say some scientists regard the green crab as one of the worst invasive species on the planet. More

Wine and weed? Some Oregon vineyards try hand at pot farming

Two years after the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, some vineyards in the state's hyper-fertile region along the California border are trying their hand at pot farming More

Trump budget would allow sale of wild horses for slaughter

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other interests have been urging BLM for years to allow sales of wild horses. More

Jury rules with school in fight over California strawberries

Retired professor used seeds developed at UC Davis without gaining the university’s permission. More

Survey finds US honeybee losses improve from horrible to bad

Reduction in varroa mites, a lethal parasite, is likely the main cause of the improvement. More

Repair work begins at damaged California spillway

Crews aim to replace the lower portion of the spillway by Nov. 1. More

Growers rush to finish rice planting after field work delays

Rice growers in California are scrambling to get their planting done by June 1 after winter and early spring rains made many fields too wet to work in until recently. More

Massive slide covers stretch of iconic California highway

A swath of the hillside gave way Saturday night, covering about one-third of a mile of Highway 1 More

Man dies after being sickened in apparent botulism outbreak

Tests have confirmed the botulism toxin was present in nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station in the Sacramento area. More

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