Tim Hearden

Northern California Reporter
Hearden, Tim

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 May 21 at the fairgrounds in Yreka, Calif.

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 nation's leading region for agricultural production.

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...

Forest thinning could boost Sierra water yields, researchers say

- University of California researchers assert that better forest management could increase water yields from the Sierra Nevada by as much as 10 percent.

Calif. renews marketing order for dried plum board

- The California Dried Plum Board has had its mission extended for another five years. The state's move comes as prune acreage in California is down but prices to growers are on an upswing.

Lawmaker bemoans ‘farcical’ defeat of farmworker bill

- A California assemblyman lamented the demise of his bill to give farmworkers certain rights in cases when the state imposes contract mediation on a farm. Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, introduced the bill in response ...

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 because of a lack of water, although how much more acreage is idled remai...

Feds to decide on milk marketing order hearing by late summer

- USDA officials say they'll likely decide by late summer whether to hold a hearing on a proposed federal milk marketing order for California. The timeline was given May 5 during the first of three informational meetings to e...

Logging education day stresses technology

- High technology in the timber industry was a key theme as about 600 Northern California elementary through high school students toured a working logging site near Viola, Calif. The education day is sponsored each year by th...

Education a passion for N. California logger

- Redding, Calif., logger Larry Strawn was instrumental in starting an annual education day in the woods in the early 1990s. Today the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference-sponsored event draws more than 600 schoolchildren over ...

Bills to speed up Calif. water bond projects fail in committees

- Legislative committees in California defeated bills that would have fast-tracked construction of water projects funded under Proposition 1, the water bond approved in November. One bill would have set up the same review pro...

Latest Hetch Hetchy lawsuit doesn’t target ag, group says

- The group that's suing to have the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park restored to its natural state says it isn't proposing that San Francisco instead take its water from agriculture. The lawsuit by Restore Hetch...

1,500 curtailment notices likely only the beginning, officials say

- The curtailment notices that went out last week to more than 1,500 water right holders in the San Joaquin and Scott river watersheds in California are likely only the beginning, state officials say. It's now likely that som...

New California FFA leaders strive to meet challenges

- A new slate of state FFA leaders in California will support agriculture education amid a challenging time for farmers. The officers were elected during the 87th annual state FFA Leadership Conference in Fresno, attended by ...

Awards, scholarships given at California FFA conference

- Dozens of awards and scholarships were handed out at the 87th annual California FFA Leadership Conference in Fresno.

FFA students ponder paths at conference career fair

- Thousands of FFA students got to ponder their educational and professional paths during a career fair at the annual California FFA Leadership Conference, which was being held April 18-21 in Fresno.

Superior Farms’ lamb sliders a hit at the ballpark

- Superior Farms, the nation's largest lamb processor, is raising awareness about the meat by having it featured at San Francisco Giants and Sacramento River Cats baseball games. Lamb sliders are a hit with fans, a stadium of...

California grape acreage remains steady, survey finds

- Grape acreage in California remained fairly steady in 2014 despite drought conditions that caused a drop in yields, according to a survey by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

New trade deals to bolster access to Mexico, Peru

- Recently announced trade deals with Mexico and Peru will improve U.S. livestock producers' access to those two markets, industry insiders say.

Favorable spring weather pushes crops in California

- Warm late winter and early spring temperatures in California have prompted a quick development of many crops, as many fruits and vegetables are coming in earlier than usual.

Nurseries given tips on preventing spread of citrus psyllid

- A California agency is urging nurseries to take steps to prevent the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid, which can carry a disease that could devastate the citrus industry. The effort comes as the USDA has offered another $...

Farm Bureau chief assails ag water ‘misinformation’

- California Farm Bureau Federation president Paul Wenger told a water forum gathering that the notion that farmers use 80 percent of the state's water is misleading, and said the state should make better use of water from st...

Calif. authorities won’t dictate crops, irrigation amid drought

- California authorities have no plans to mandate further water conservation efforts on farms even as political pressure mounts from urban residents feeling the effects of Gov. Jerry Brown's order to cut their water use by 25...

Water board shutoff orders could include senior right holders

- California's State Water Resources Control Board has sent warning letters to thousands of water right holders throughout the state that stop-diversion orders are imminent in key watersheds because of the drought.

Observation, timely treatments urged to prevent sticky cotton

- Keeping an eye out for whitefly invasions and knowing how and when to use pesticides are keys for growers in combatting sticky cotton, which can cause havoc in mills and damage a growing area's reputation, University of Cal...

Officials deflect criticism that water plan spares ag

- Gov. Jerry Brown's April 1 executive order boosts reporting requirements for agricultural water users and mandates that water districts submit detailed drought plans. State officials deflect criticism that farmers weren't o...

Rice growers to plant crop despite water-purchase offers

- Rice growers in California are expected to plant 408,000 acres this year -- only a slight decrease considering the lingering water uncertainties in a fourth straight year of drought and an offer by urban districts to purcha...

Water uncertainties remain for many California growers

- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials are still in discussions with senior rights holders along the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers as to the amount and timing of their water deliveries. The settlement contractors are supp...

Report calls for better data to plan for droughts

- A new report from the California Department of Water Resources suggests improvements are needed in measuring groundwater conditions and predicting whether the next season will be wet or dry.

Warm, dry weather pushes strawberry season

- California strawberry production is off to a fast start in 2015 because of warm afternoons and a lack of rainfall in the state's prime growing regions. The peak season is arriving about a month earlier than usual.

Congress in no hurry to pass meat-labeling fix

- Congress is apparently waiting for the outcome of the U.S.' appeal of a World Trade Organization ruling against its mandatory meat-labeling rule before crafting a bill to avert potential trade sanctions by Canada and Mexico...