Tim Hearden

Northern California Reporter
Hearden, Tim

San Joaquin Valley’s CVP allocation likely to increase, officials say

- Officials from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation say there’s sufficient snow in the Sierra Nevada and water in the San Luis Reservoir to eventually raise the water allocation to 80 percent or more.

San Joaquin growers to get 65 percent of requested CVP water

- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced its remaining allocations of Central Valley Project water, providing 65 percent of requested supplies to growers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Delays in water allocations hinder growers’ planting decisions

- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has yet to determine a Central Valley Project water allocation for some parts of California, including the western San Joaquin Valley.

Strawberries enter peak season after avoiding major storm damage

- The winter’s fierce storms slowed California’s strawberry harvest.

Changes in proposed pesticide rule don’t mollify growers

- California Citrus Mutual still opposes proposed blanket restrictions on pesticide use within a quarter-mile of schools despite the state’s move to ease reporting requirements for growers.

State expects variety of large, small projects to seek Prop. 1 funds

- The California Water Commission will accept applications for $2.7 billion for storage projects in the Proposition 1 water bond through Aug. 14. The panel expects a variety of proposals to seek funds.

Marketing agreement established gold standard for greens

- Created in response to a deadly E. coli outbreak linked to spinach from a California field, the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement marks its 10-year anniversary this year. It became a model for creating the Produce Safety Rule.

Bill would enable California beef research, promotion panel

- Legislation would enable California cattle ranchers to vote on whether to set up a state beef promotion and research commission.

Farm Service Agency gears up to help flooded Calif. farms

- The Farm Service Agency is accepting applications for low-interest loans from flood-damaged farms in counties covered by federal disaster declaration, which includes most of Northern and Central California.

Groups prepare growers, workers for increased immigration raids

- Groups that serve California’s produce and strawberry industries say they’re unaware of any actual increase in ICE raids, but they’re advising members what to do and what their rights are amid a “...

Flood control benefits from new storage projects debated

- Proposed California storage projects such as Sites Reservoir, Temperance Flat Reservoir and the raising of Shasta Dam might have lessened some of the flooding and other impacts from this winter’s storms, but likely n...

Western Innovator: For the love of fairs

- Ryann Newman was recruited two years ago to manage the struggling Glenn County Fair in Orland, Calif. She has been developing ways to boost attendance and revenue.

‘Phenomenal’ snowpack brightens California water outlook

- Statewide snowpack was 185 percent of normal on March 1, improving the chances that more growers could see full or nearly full allocations of surface water this year.

Many Central Valley farms to get full federal water supplies

- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced full federal water allocations for at least some parts of the Central Valley, including the Friant Division, where many citrus growers went without water in 2014 and 2015.

Labor shortage, wage laws among top concerns for Calif. produce growers

- Labor issues dominate the top concerns for produce growers and shippers along California’s Central Coast, according to a trade organization’s survey.

California growers assess damage amid storms, flooding

- Storms in California combined with already high river and creek levels and saturated ground to cause widespread flooding, waterlogging field crops and interfering with the almond blossom.

Prune producers urged to thin trees for fruit size

- Having larger fruit is important in positioning California prunes against foreign competitors.

Vintners court Mexican buyers as U.S. wine export values soar

- As the value of U.S. wine exports reached a record $1.62 billion in 2016, wine industry representatives are working to keep markets open in the wake of global uncertainty over U.S. trade policy.

Tree mortality epidemic in California forests keeps spreading

- A task force set up by Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking solutions as drought, pests and other factors have killed 102 million trees in California forests since 2010.

Faltering dam puts region’s $1.5 billion ag industry at risk

- Some of California’s most valuable almond, walnut, peach and prune crops as well as several processors sit in the path of potential flood waters from Lake Oroville.

McClintock: Congress can use funding authority to curb bureaucracy

- Rep. Tom McClintock, who chairs the House subcommittee on federal lands, says Congress should use the program reauthorization process to push back against administrative overreach. He also lays out a legislative agenda for ...

State may curb pumping near Aqueduct to halt subsidence-related damage

- A new National Aeronautics and Space Administration study showing subsidence near the California Aqueduct and other facilities has prompted the state Department of Water Resources to consider measures to curb groundwater pu...

California’s drought debate intensifies among lawmakers, officials

- A group of Northern California legislators and water officials want Gov. Jerry Brown to declare an end to the drought, but state and federal officials caution that some areas are still feeling the impacts of dry conditions.

Drones’ popularity takes off at Colusa Farm Show

- Businesses that use or market drones for agriculture told growers of their many uses during the Colusa Farm Show on Feb. 7-9 in Colusa, Calif.

Storms slow harvest of short navel crop, push up prices

- Winter storms have made for muddy orchard floors as the harvest of navel oranges continues. The slower pace and lighter crop volume have combined to drive up prices, which had been barely at the break-even point for growers.

Calif. farm groups push for more water

- A manual snow survey Feb. 2 in the mountains east of Sacramento found a snow-water equivalent of 28.1 inches, more than four times as much as a month ago. Farm groups say the abundance should equate to more water for grower...

Ag groups sue California over listing gray wolves as endangered

- The Pacific Legal Foundation has filed suit on behalf of the California Cattlemen’s Association and California Farm Bureau Federation against the state’s Fish and Game Commission, challenging the 2014 decision...

Bull sale, farm show and logging conference pack producers’ schedules

- This weekend’s Klamath Bull, Heifer and Select Ranch Horse Show kicks off a week of activities in Northern California and Southern Oregon that will keep farmers, ranchers and timber producers busy.

Planning for drought still important, experts say

- Though nearly half of California has recovered from a four-year drought, it’s still important for ranchers to plan their irrigation and feeding strategies for when the next water shortage occurs, experts advise.

Red Bluff Bull Sale prices down amid slow recovery from drought

- The Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale finished Jan. 28 with the sale of 288 bulls for $1.1 million, down from last year but still above the $1 million mark for the seventh straight year.

Commodities have mixed experiences in China

- Apple exports to China haven’t met industry expectations, but other commodities have thrived.

Citrus industry encouraged by stay in Argentine lemon rule

- California citrus industry leaders see President Donald Trump’s 60-day stay on pending regulations as a chance to get the administration to rethink allowing Argentine lemons into the U.S. after a 15-year ban.