Tim Hearden

Northern California Reporter
Hearden, Tim

Calif. navel oranges sweet, plentiful amid bumper crop

- California navel orange growers are several weeks of the harvest of what is expected to be an 86-million-carton crop, as the sugar content has been high from the beginning of harvest and color and size are improving.

Group’s Food Network table grape ads cast wide demographic net

- The California Table Grape Commission is maintaining a unique partnership with the Food Network as the exclusive home for its advertising and marketing campaign.

Push for federal milk marketing order in Calif. enters new phase

- With the USDA's courtroom-style hearing on proposals for a federal milk marketing order in California having concluded Nov. 18, the parties' next step will be to present written briefs to the agency next year. A vote by pro...

Rancher joins health researchers in urging judicious use of antibiotics

- A large-scale rancher and organic vegetable producer from Georgia joined health professionals and others in Washington, D.C., to push for more judicious use of antibiotics in the livestock industry as well as in human medic...

Owners of fire-damaged land urged to guard against soil erosion

- Timber, livestock and wine producers in the mountains northeast of San Francisco are among landowners being urged to guard against soil erosion from fire-scarred lands when El Nino-powered rains come.

Calif. reaches first milestone in crafting groundwater regulations

- The California Department of Water Resources has set up a process for resolving discrepancies over the boundaries of groundwater basins that will be affected by new pumping regulations.

California milk board to enter float in Rose Parade

- The California Milk Advisory Board is kicking off a national advertising campaign by entering a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.

Historically strong El Nino may only last a season, forecasters say

- Federal forecasters are still confident that historically strong El Nino conditions will persist throughout the winter, bringing a heavy storm track to the southern United States, but the conditions may recede by next spring.

Group touts strawberries for lowering risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s

- The California Strawberry Commission is highlighting separate studies unveiled this year linking regular strawberry consumption with prevention of Alzheimer's disease and diabetes.

FFA changes lives one blue jacket at a time

- The growth of agricultural education programs in schools and youngsters looking for career opportunities and wanting to feed the world are just some of the factors behind the growth of FFA, whose membership is at record lev...

TPP could boost California ag exports, researchers say

- The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement could be a significant help to California agricultural exports such as almonds, citrus fruit and wine, University of California researchers explain.

Young tree nut grower, others honored at annual Farm-City Night dinner

- A student who wants to someday continue his family's tree nut business was one of nine award recipients at the Tehama County Farm Bureau's annual Farm-City Night dinner, which aims to bring area farmers together with urban ...

El Nino’s warm and wet winter could impact 2016 prune crop, insider warns

- Warm and wet conditions brought by El Nino are already having an impact on Chile's prune crop and could affect California's as well, warns the leader of the Prune Bargaining Association, which negotiates prices for growers.

New UC endowments to fund ongoing pistachio research

- The University of California has teamed with a pistachio group to set up a pair of $1 million endownemtns, the proceeds from which will fund ongoing pistachio and other tree nut research.

Another study suggests flooding farmland to recharge aquifers

- A study commissioned by the California Water Foundation suggests flooding farmland during the winter to recharge aquifers. The findings echo those of University of California researchers earlier this year.

Calif. to see gradual arrival of El Nino-powered winter

- California is moving gradually into an El Nino-powered winter season. While the federal Climate Prediction Center foresees equal chances of above- or below-average rainfall for the state in November, one long-range forecast...

Almond producers continue public-relations push

- Almond industry professionals who've grown increasingly conscious about their industry's image recently held two days of meetings with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other federal officials to discuss almond pro...

Early-arriving Calif. pumpkins remain plentiful through Halloween

- California's pumpkin harvest arrived early this year but is providing a steady supply of the seasonal vegetable right up until Halloween, growers say.

Quinoa thrives in N. California

- Blake Richard started growing quinoa on California's north coast 17 years ago. He now is marketing some of his product through a wholesaler to Whole Foods.

App provides training for farmworkers in proper hand-washing

- The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement has unveiled a mobile device application that takes farmworkers through a five-minute training in how to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently enough to avoid foodborne i...

Growers face price slide amid record walnut harvest

- California walnut growers are entering the final stages of their harvest. Prices are expected to drop significantly this season because of a variety of factors.

N. California FFA members hone skills at competition

- About 850 FFA members from Northern and Central California attended the annual competition at Shasta College in Redding on Oct. 15, one of the first in the school year.

Agency tests find Calif. fresh produce mostly free of residue

- Testing by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation found that most fresh produce sold in the state last year was free of harmful levels of pesticide residue.

UC-Davis scientists to help develop high-tech vineyard management

- The University of California-Davis and several other universities will share a $6 million, four-year grant to develop technologies to improve vineyard management.

Rice growers midway through drought-diminished harvest

- Rice growers are about halfway through their harvest of a drought-diminished crop, as some acreage had to be left unplanted because of water shortages. From the rice that was planted, growers are reporting decent yields and...

Annual pomegranate festival to branch out, include nuts

- The fifth annual Madera Pomegranate Festival on Nov. 7 will also highlight almonds and pistachios, which are grown abundantly in Madera County.

Chances growing for wet winter in Northern California

- Despite October's warm temperatures and dry weather, chances are growing that El Nino could bring higher-than-average levels of precipitation to Northern California later this winter.

EPA official deflects criticism over new pesticide rules

- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official in charge of crafting the new pesticide regulations unveiled Sept. 28 deflected criticism over the agency's perceived cozy relations with the advocacy groups that were pushi...

Temporary rock barrier removed from Delta as winter approaches

- State crews are removing a temporary rockl barrier in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that was installed this summer to prevent saltwater from intruding from San Francisco Bay.

Bumper crop produces record olive oil yields in California

- Growers of olives for oil in California are seeing a big crop this year for the alternate-bearing fruit. The California Olive Oil Council expects a yield of a record 4 million gallons of oil.

Despite El Nino promises, October to be dry in California

- Though forecasters say El Nino could bring a wet winter to parts of California, October is looking to be dry throughout the Central Valley.

Economy, social media push consumers to higher-end wines

- A pair of surveys of wine industry insiders by University of California-Davis researchers has found that consumers' tastes are moving toward more expensive wines.