Tim Hearden

Northern California Reporter
Hearden, Tim

Computer scientist develops smart app for growers

- University of California-Santa Barbara computer science researcher Chandra Krintz grew up on a farm in Indiana. Now she's developing new software that will help growers run their operations more efficiently.

Beekeepers urged to enter honey in awards competition

- Beekeepers are urged to enter their honeys in the annual Good Food Awards competition by July 31. The awards are meant to recognize good farming practices, said a University of California-Davis researcher is coordinating th...

Calif. urged to delay cap-and-trade extension, changes

- Farm groups are urging Gov. Jerry Brown and other California decision-makers to wait until closer to the 2020 sunset of the state's cap-and-trade program before deciding whether to expand or extend it.

Western Growers seeks start-up companies for new innovation center

- Western Growers is offering "scholarships" for start-up companies to rent space in its new Center for Innovation and Technology, where companies work to develop new products and services to meet agriculture's most pressing ...

Range rider program seeks to avert wolf-livestock conflicts

- The California Wolf Center is setting up a range rider program under which willing ranchers in far Northern California could have someone patrol their properties every few days looking for evidence of wolves or other predat...

Group to continue effort to boost U.S. walnut consumption

- The California Walnut Commission plans to continue its recent push to market the nuts domestically to try to offset a slide in prices to growers, the panel's leader says.

PLF’s new president wants to extend the organization’s reach

- Incoming Pacific Legal Foundation president Steven Anderson said he wants to expand the reach of the Sacramento-based public interest legal organization, including boosting fundraising efforts.

Almond growers urged to reduce dust during harvest

- Almond growers received tips on reducing harvest dust during a pair of workshops hosted by the Almond Board of California. Farm industries are placing a greater emphasis on dust reduction as much of California fails to meet...

Water efficiency credited for big almond crop during drought

- California almond yields in 2016 are epected to increase by nearly 8 percent over last year, and a top industry official credits growers for their water efficiency in cultivating a big crop during a fifth straight year of d...

Walnut price slide prompts orchard management changes

- A slide in prices to walnut growers in the last few years has prompted many of them to change their orchard management, replanting with varieties that offer better yields and quality.

Entrants to get big-league experience at California State Fair

- Agriculture will take center stage again this year at the California State Fair, which starts July 8 in Sacramento.

Rising blueberry demand to spur production boom, group predicts

- Rising consumer demand for blueberries could fuel an increase of production in North America in the next few years, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council asserts.

Almond board funds UC orchard recycling research

- The Almond Board of California has given a $145,000 grant to the University of California to continue research on grounding up whole almond orchards and putting the material back into the ground to help soil quality.

Fresh fruit organization’s Bedwell moves to leadership foundation

- Barry Bedwell, president of the California Fresh Fruit Association since 2003, is moving to lead the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation beginning in August.

Researcher: Environmental analysis crucial as pot laws liberalize

- Researchers who identified more than 4,000 cannabis grow sites in the mountains of northwestern California szay much attention will need to be paid to pot production's environmental impacts as marijuana laws liberalizze acr...

New UC citrus-funded lab to tackle huanglongbing

- A new high-security laboratory funded by the citrus industry is being built near the University of California-Riverside to study the pathogen that causes the deadly tree disease huanglongbing.

Volume of dead trees could make removal difficult, company official says

- U.S. Forest Service aerial surveys have identified a record 66 million dead trees in Southern Sierra Nevada forests. The sheer volume of dead and dying trees could make their removal difficult.

Bill to change Calif. ag overtime law revived — again

- A bill to reduce the hours a California farmworker has to work to receive overtime pay has been revived after having been defeated earlier this month. The author, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, inserted the language into an...

Soap sales help 4-H member raise money for projects

- 4-H member Madeline Evans, 12, started using goat's milk to make soap last year and has raised more than $1,000 to put back into her projects.

Bill would remove population targets for predator fish in Delta

- A bill by U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., seeks to remove fish population requirements for striped bass in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The bass are a non-native predator fish that are known to feed on endangere...

California berry production gaining after slow start

- Production of strawberries and other berries in California are making gains after getting off to a slow start because of winter rains.

More overhead irrigation expected in California

- University of California researchers believe there could be an upsurge in field crop producers' use of overhead irrigation systems, which are becoming nearly as efficient as drip systems and are cheaper to operate and maint...

Groups petition state to address predatory fish in Delta

- The California Farm Bureau Federation and Western Growers have joined water agencies and conservation groups in petitioning the state Fish and Game Commission to ease fishing controls on non-native bass that are feeding on ...

Winter chill pushes apricot yields up slightly

- Growers say apricot yields in California are up slightly from last year. Harvest is expected to continue through the end of this month.

Ag’s share of NE California economy grows despite drought

- Agriculture's share of overall economic activity in Northeastern California increased in 2014 despite the drought, according to a California State University-Chico study.

Water board to refine enforcement procedures after ruling

- California water regulators will re-examine how they determine water rights violations after the State Water Resources Control Board dismissed a proposed $1.5 million fine against the Byron Bethany Irrigation District becau...

Farm groups relieved as ag overtime bill dies in Assembly

- A bill that would have ended agricultural exceptions to California's overtime laws failed to make it out of the Assembly before a deadline to advance legislation from its originating chamber.

Water, labor in focus as presidential hopefuls stump in California

- Water policy and the plight of farmworkers have been a key focus as the three remaining active presidential candidates stumped for votes in California in the weeks leading up to the state's June 7 primary.

After storms, 2016 prune crop could be smallest on record

- Prune producers in California are expecting yields of less than half of what they were last year after cold, wet and windy weather in March spoiled the blossom. Federal officials say this could be the smallest prune crop in...

Local-food push fuels egg production boom in Nevada

- Nevada's egg and poultry production value has tripled since 2010, but producers say the boom is the result of a burgeoning local food movement and not California's voter-approved minimum cage sizes.

Grower: Farmers should join forces, negotiate higher prices

- A grain producer in Northern California says producers should band together to negotiate better prices from buyers. He says growers' inability to gain pricing "parity" is threatening the nation's long-term food security.

Calif. walnut acreage, tree sales jumped in 2015

- California's overall walnut acreage in 2015 was up 12 percent from 2013 levels, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Nursery sales of walnut trees have also increased.

Protecting crops naturally

- Dani Lightle, a University of California Cooperative Extension orchard crop adviser in Orland, was a science enthusiast as a youngster but far removed from agriculture. Now she's helping growers find natural means to ward o...