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California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers

California water regulators on Friday accepted an offer from California farmers with the most senior water rights to reduce their consumption by 25 percent. More

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Hands-on activities teach hydrology, math at ag ed day

Northern California fourth-graders learned about water runoff, math on the farm and other topics during the 22nd annual agricultural education day... More


Ag woes have big impact on San Joaquin Valley economy

While agriculture may seem small compared to the entire California economy, it has a big impact on commerce in the San Joaquin Valley, long the... More


Rice planting proceeds as water availability varies

Rice planting is nearing its halfway point in California's middle Sacramento Valley. Crop advisers are expecting more fields to be fallowed this year... More


High winds whip fires at ag byproducts plant

High winds whipped fires that burned agricultural byproducts and a nearby field at a plant in Tracy, Calif. The smoldering remains were expected to be totally extinguished by May 23. More

Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts

A look at the issues surrounding Friday's expected decision on senior riparian water rights. More

California cherries wrap up light

California's cherry crop may fall short of its estimate but good quality and timing sets a good table for Washington. More

California water cuts move to those with century-old rights

state officials said Wednesday that they would start mandatory cuts this week to the state’s oldest rights holders. More

Farmer halts harvest to save baby tricolored blackbirds

About 15,000 tricolored blackbirds are temporarily nesting in fields of triticale silage. More

Water shutoffs, shortages imperil ag in San Joaquin Valley

Water shutoffs and cutbacks and a sinking water table are threatening to turn the San Joaquin Valley, long the nation's most productive agricultural region, into a hodgepodge of empty fields and veritable ghost towns. More

California farmers propose voluntary water cuts

Under the deal expected to be presented to state officials Wednesday, farmers would either take less river water for irrigation or leave a quarter of their crops unplanted. More

L.A. may boost minimum wage to $15 over 5 years

If enacted, Los Angeles would join Seattle and San Francisco as some of the largest cities in the nation with phased-in minimum wage laws that eventually require annual pay of about $31,200. More

Researchers mark center’s 50th anniversary with time capsule

The Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension center in Parlier, Calif., is celebrating its 50th anniversary by creating a time capsule that will be opened at its centennial celebration in 2065. Scientists are envisioning how studies will be done a half-century from now. More

Orange County district moves toward buying desalinated water

The price of the desalinated water would be pegged to the price of imported water, plus a premium. More

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