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House Dems again seek vote on wildfire bill

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., has been joined by House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in calling for Speaker John Boehner to schedule a vote on a bill that would protect forest management in the federal wildfire disaster budget. More

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Tomato growers peg crop at record 14 million tons

California processing tomato growers expect to meet contracts for a record 14-million-ton crop. Good weather during crop development and having more... More

 

Adverse weather hampers Calif. olive oil production

California olive oil producers are hoping to match last year's mark of 3.5 million gallons after adverse weather affected crop development. More

 

Calif. weather outlook still dry, but surprises may loom

Forecasters still maintain that any El Nino that develops in California this winter will be weak, but a series of storms this week have suggested... More

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California drought takes bite out of rice harvest

This year rice farmers only planted 420,000 acres — 25 percent less than last year — because of water restrictions, according to the California Rice Commission. More

Periodic storms may continue in Northern Calif.

A persistent parade of storm clouds has spritzed Northern California while areas south of Sacramento remained dry. The pattern is expected to continue at least until early November, even as El Nino conditions are anticipated this winter. More

California drought nourishes fake grass sales

The synthetic turf industry is booming as Californians look for ways to reduce water consumption. More

Confusion over drought maps prompts UC workshop

A drought workshop offered by the University of California-Davis on Nov. 7 will include information about how climatologists can put together the U.S. Drought Monitor, which can affect ranchers' disaster relief payments. More

Fire burns pallets, hay in Gilroy

Fire crews from San Jose, Gilroy and Morgan Hill as well as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were fighting the flames. More

Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest

California rice farmers are wrapping up their harvest of a crop that's expected to be 23 percent smaller than last year's. Good yields on many of the acres that were planted will help make up at least a small part of the loss of revenue, as will sales of rice straw. More

Rain damage, water shortage hamper pumpkin crop

A few rain-damaged pumpkins in northern areas and water shortages in the San Joaquin Valley put a blemish on what has otherwise been a decent pumpkin crop in California, growers say. More

New guidelines aim to prevent bee die-offs

An industry group has suggested best-management practices to protect bees from pesticides during the almond blossom. Bee experts are lauding the effort, which follows a massive bee die-off at the end of the bloom earlier this year. More

Even normal rain won’t end Calif. drought, expert says

California will likely remain in a drought this winter even if most areas receive normal rainfall, according to an expert from the federal Climate Prediction Center. The center issued its annual winter outlook, which predicts warmer weather throughout the West and less winter rain than normal in... More

Yellow fever mosquito reaches Southern California

Experts say the mosquito is aggressive and bites during the day. It’s capable of spreading yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya — although so far those diseases haven’t turned up in Los Angeles County. More

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