Tim Hearden

Northern California Reporter
Hearden, Tim

Early harvest begins for California wine grapes

- The harvest of wine grapes has begun in California's Napa Valley. Vintners expect a slightly lighter crop with good quality and flavor.

Researchers credit almonds with lighter carbon footprint

- New research from the University of California-Davis credits almond production in California with having a lighter carbon footprint than other protein-based foods.

Calif. navel orange production meets expectations

- Navel orange production in California finished the 2014-15 season at close to the 79 million cartons predicted in the National Agricultural Statistics Service's revised estimate.

Calif. citrus growers on edge following HLB discoveries

- Additional discoveries of the citrus disease huanglongbing in Southern California has prompted the University of California Cooperative Extension to urge growers to monitor their trees for symptoms. The university is engage...

Canadian official urges veto of California forest products bill

- Canada's consul general in San Francisco is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to veto a bill that would set preferences for wood products that meet California's environmental standards when the wood is being procured for a state proj...

Canadian official warns of possible retaliation for COOL

- As retaliatory tariffs loom, Canadian trade officials are urging the U.S. Senate to follow the House of Representatives' lead in voting to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling of meat.

Farm Bureau leaders praise Stallman as champion for West

- American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman announced he will not seek re-election in January after serving in the post for 16 years.

Water-saving tips offered at California State Fair

- Water-saving tips are a key feature at this year's California State Fair, which started July 10 and runs through July 26 in Sacramento.

Strong El Nino likely this winter, but no end of drought seen

- Federal forecasters now say there's a 90 percent chance that significant El Nino conditions will last throughout the winter, bringing the chance of more storms into drought-parched California. But forecasters warn that stor...

California’s second case of huanglongbing discovered

- State and federal officials announced California's second known case of huanglongbing, which is carried by the Asian citrus psyllid and kills citrus trees. The disease was found in a residential area in the San Gabriel area...

House GOP, Democrats trade barbs over competing drought bills

- Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are trading barbs over competing legislation to address drought impacts in California.

Heat wave hastens crops, stresses scarce water resources

- A hotter-than-average summer in California is putting more pressure on scarce water resources and causing crops to develop ahead of schedule.

Calif. field crop acreages shrinking amid drought

- The drought's continued impacts are causing field crop acreage in California to dip lower than expected this year. according to an acreage update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Drought shrinks 2015 almond crop by 3 percent, industry says

- Drought-related stress on trees will likely lead to a slightly smaller almond crop in California this year, industry officials have predicted. The crop estimate comes after last year's crop came in smaller than expected.

Advisor helps SJ Valley growers meet challenges, opportunities

- Maxwell Norton, the retiring director of the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Merced County, was in early pioneer in research into many of the issues that growers currently face in the San Joaquin Va...

Tomato harvests underway amid heat wave

- California tomato growers are starting harvests of what they say is a decent crop this year, as contracts for processing tomatoes are expected to amount to 14.3 million tons in 2015.

More shutoff notices issued to senior water right holders

- California's State Water Resources Control Board has issued more curtailment notices to senior right holders south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Almond board deflects criticism, sets $2.5 million for research

- The Almond Board of California announced $2.5 million in research into water efficiency, honeybee health and best practices for the coming fiscal year as the industry faces criticism from environmentalists.

Expert: Approvals of antibiotics in feed won’t be automatic

- A Kansas State University veterinary expert advises that ranchers shouldn't expect their veterinarians to automatically approve uses of medicially important antibiotics under new federal guidelines that fully take effect Ja...

Vilsack announces another $150 million in Calif. drought aid

- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced another $150 million in drought relief for California on June 24, the bulk of which will be used to restore mountain watersheds.

Prop. 2 blamed for decline in egg production in Calif.

- Egg production and the number of egg-laying hens are down significantly in California since last year, according to a USDA report. Farmers are decreasing their hen numbers to comply with Proposition 2, the 2008 initiative t...

FFA students build hog loading ramp for Shasta fair

- FFA members from Cottonwood, Calif., made a hog loading ramp and donated it to the Shasta District Fair at the request of a fair supporters' group. The fair has had toe creative in raising money since most state funding for...

Harvests of Calif. early-summer fruit gain momentum

- The harvest of apricots, early-season peaches and other stone fruit is under way in California, which is also in its peak season for berries and is in the midst of Valencia orange season.

Drought still stifling Calif. honey production

- California beekeepers are still struggling with honey production because of the drought, as bees are finding a dearth of flowers to pollinate. Production rebounded slightly last year but is still way down from 2010 levels.

Drought-empowered bug infestations killing trees in Sierra

- Drought conditions in the Sierra Nevada are leading to bug infestations that are killing millions of trees, according to a University of California Cooperative Extension adviser.

Bill to set preference for Calif. wood products irks Canada

- A bill in the California Legislature requiring state contractors to set a preference for locally grown wood products has sparked a complaint from Canadian trade officials.

Ranchers seek to protect grazing in Calif. wildlife plan

- The California Cattlemen's Association is trying to influence language in the updated State Wildlife Action Plan, for which the state is accepting public comments through July 2. Ranchers have expressed concerns that early ...

Obama announces another $110 million for drought relief

- President Obama announced $110 million in new drought relief after holding a teleconference with Western governors. The latest round of funding adds to the more than $190 million the federal government has already spent on ...

Calif. issues shutoff orders to 114 senior water right holders

- California's State Water Resources Control Board has issued curtailment notices to 114 individuals and agencies with 276 senior water rights dating back to 1903 amid its latest attempts to allocate a dwindling water supply ...

Youth groups applaud Tehama fair’s return to summer in 2017

- 4-H and FFA clubs in Tehama County, Calif., are pleased that the local fair board has agreed to change the dates of the Tehama District Fair from September back to July beginning in 2017. The fair had previously been held i...

Warm weather, smaller fruit stifle prune tonnage

- California prune production is expected to be slightly below last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Foothill abortion vaccine trials enter home stretch

- Expanded field trials likely signal that scientists are in the home stretch of developing a vaccine for foothill abortion, a tick-borne malady that kills calf fetuses.

Calif. strawberry production lags after fast start

- Unsettled spring weather led to a dip in strawberry production in California, which had been enjoying a brisk pace because of the dry winter.

Drought to cause $2.7 billion hit to Calif. ag economy in 2015

- University of California-Davis researchers say the drought could cause about $2.7 billion in economic losses for agriculture in 2015 and cost as many as 18,600 workers their jobs. The researchers' presentation came during a...

Delta watermaster ‘very impressed’ with plan participation

- The watermaster of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta said he's impressed with senior right holders' participation in a deal to voluntarily cut their water use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of deeper cuts later...