Tim Hearden

Northern California Reporter
Hearden, Tim

Latest compromise drought relief bill receives praise, opposition

- A farm group is praising the latest effort at compromise drought relief legislation in Congress, calling it a step in the right direction.

Group accuses water allocators of depriving farm-dependent species

- The Pacific Legal Foundation says federal water allocators deprive nearly a dozen mperiled species of water south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Northern California’s wet pattern to continue in December

- A rainy pattern in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest could continue at least through mid-December, forecasters say.

California strawberry production poised for record despite slow start

- Strawberry production in California is on pace to set a record in 2016 despite a slow start caused by last winter's rains.

Bill would force schools to seek USDA waiver for imported food

- A bill by Rep. John Garamendi would require school districts to obtain a USDA waiver before serving imported food in their school meal programs.

Navel orange harvest yields good fruit size, flavor

- The navel orange harvest is proceeding in the San Joaquin Valley, and growers are reporting good fruit size and flavor.

Panel taking comments on how it will judge Prop 1 projects

- The California Water Commission is taking another round of comments on its latest draft regulations for how it will hand out Proposition 1 funding to large storage projects.

Don’t wait to comply with FSMA requirements, expert warns

- A processing industry expert urges growers and processors not to wait to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act's requirements.

New Chico State ag dean to keep focus on practical learning

- John Unruh, the University of California-Chico College of Agriculture's new dean, says he wants to continue the program's emphasis on practical learning.

Western Innovator: College farm helps pay its way

- Cattle producer B.J. Macfarlane brings industry knowledge and experience to his job as farm manager at Shasta College in Redding, Calif.

Study: Barriers between producers, buyers hinder local food movement

- Northern California researchers have found that barriers between producers and buyers hinder the expansion of the local food movement despite consumers' desire to know the origin of their food.

Experts: Growers should consider options, challenges when installing sensors

- Experts say water-saving sensing technology is advancing rapidly and growers should consider their options and potential challenges before installing a system.

Growers learn what they can do with precision ag technology

- A business owner who does special aerial photography of farm fields was one of the opening speakers at the two-day North State Precision Ag Expo and Farm Business Forum in Orland, Calif.

Citrus group protests proposed pesticide restrictions

- California Citrus Mutual is protesting the California Department of Pesticide Regulation's proposal to restrict pesticide applications near schools during school hours.

California FFA raises funds for members’ jackets

- The California FFA Foundation is tying a fundraiser for jackets for members to Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29.

Almond growers plant 14.5 million new trees despite price slide

- At least 14.5 million new almond trees have been planted in California since June 2015, showing that growth in the industry is still robust despite a drop in prices.

Precision Ag Expo assembles all-star speaker list

- The inaugural North State Precision Ag Expo in mid-November has assembled a veritable all-star lineup of speakers as well as about 40 trade show vendors.

Record October rainfall in California a tough act to follow

- October rainfall was one for the record books in Northern California, but forecasters are uncertain whether the pattern of frequent storms will continue into the winter.

Walnut industry gets new leader as marketing effort revs up

- Michelle McNeil Connelly has taken the reins of the California Walnut Board and California Walnut Commission just as it begins to market a record crop.

Critics: Monument plan would nix logging, grazing

- Critics of the proposal to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon say it will lead to lost timber production and grazing allotments and injure the area's economy.

Construction of high-level huanglongbing research lab on track

- Construction of a new high-security lab near the University of California-Riverside to research the deadly citrus disease huanglongbing is on track to be finished by next year.

Workshops seek to help ranchers avoid wolf-livestock conflicts

- Another series of workshops in Northeastern California and Southern Oregon will give ranchers tips on avoiding wolf-livestock conflicts.

Calif. winegrape growers wrap up quick, smooth harvest

- Winegrape growers in California's prime wine country have wrapped up a harvest that was quick and smooth.

Officials warn of flash flood danger in fire-scarred areas

- State and federal water, fire and weather officials are cautioning California residents to be wary of flash floods this winter, particularly in areas scarred by wildfires.

Sites Reservoir backers prepare to seek bond money

- Backers of the proposed Sites Reservoir in the western Sacramento Valley believe they're gaining momentum as the state prepares to fund projects under Proposition 1, the water bond passed by voters in 2014.

Groups argue proposal would rescind water rights

- Farm groups say a proposal to send more water down the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers to help fish could further deprive farms and ranches of water and lead to legal challenges.

California’s multi-billion-dollar nut boom keeps going

- A price slide for almonds, walnuts and pistachios is the first sign of adversity that California tree nut growers have faced in more than a decade. Has the state reached a ceiling in terms of how many nuts it can produce an...

Pistachio growers wrap up record harvest

- Pistachio growers in the San Joaquin Valley are wrapping up their harvest of an anticipated record crop.

Walnut harvest resumes after drenching rain

- The harvest of walnuts in Northern California is resuming this week after rain stopped work for several days. The shaking and sweeping should be finished before the end of October.

Festival raises funds, support for college ag program

- The annual Harvest Fest at Shasta College in Redding, Calif., provides tours of the college farm as well as dinner and entertainment, educating the community about the agriculture program's offerings while serving as a key ...

Rain may dampen prospects for California pumpkin crop

- Pumpkin growers in California report a plentiful crop as at least one farm has stepped up picking in case an anticipated mid-October rainy period materializes.