Tim Hearden

Northern California Reporter
Hearden, Tim

Wet December on tap for California

- Californians can expect a wetter-than-normal December throughout the state, according to the National Weather Service. After that, weak El Nino conditions are expected to boost precipitation south of Sacramento.

Calif. navel oranges small but flavorful

- As the holiday season approaches, navel oranges from California are smaller than usual because of the drought. But their sugar contents and utilization rates are high, industry insiders say.

Sacramento, Shasta Farm Bureaus recognized for innovation

- The Sacramento and Shasta county Farm Bureaus in California are among 24 local offices nationwide that will be recognized for innovative projects during the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention in January.

Researcher: Climate talks should focus on solutions

- An Iowa State University sociology professor who examined differences in opinion between climate scientists and farmers about climate change advises the scientists to focus more on on-farm solutions in their conversations ...

Researcher helps ranchers deal with drought

- A University of California Cooperative Extension livestock and natural resources farm advisor since 1988, Larry Forero has recently been helping ranchers maximize their irrigation efficiency as state regulators are taking a...

Delta tunnels the next big water fight in Calif.

- Now that California's Proposition 1 has passed, some activists who fought the state's water bond have turned their attention to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tunnels that would bypass the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

FWS reopens comments on cuckoo critical habitat

- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened a second 60-day public comment period on its proposed critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo.

Ranchers taking variety of steps to cope with drought

- California ranchers are taking a variety of measures to cope with the ongoing drought, including reducing herd sizes and weaning early, according to an intensive study by the University of California-Davis. Ranchers need to...

Drought Monitor authors encourage growers’ input

- Authors of the U.S. Drought Monitor encourage growers and others to submit information about how the drought is affecting them so that the weekly maps can be more accurate.

Eighth-graders look to future at Calif. career fair

- Nearly 800 eighth-graders from throughout Tehama County, Calif., attended a career fair that included an agriculture building with presentations from colleges, public works and pest control agencies, nut farms and forestry ...

Calif. water bond battles turn to implementation

- Two-thirds of California voters approved Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond, but backers and opponents say their battles will continue over its implementation.

Grants help Calif. schools plant, expand gardens

- The Western Growers Foundation and California Department of Education have handed out $150,000 in grants to 100 schools statewide for on-campus garden projects in a push to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables and...

COOL wins in court, but still at odds with WTO

- An appellate court's denial last week of plaintiffs' request to rehear their lawsuit against the country-of-origin meat-labeling rule highlights a clash of sorts between law and politics, as international pressure to amend ...

UC extension urged to use social media, partnerships

- A University of California-Davis water policy expert asserts the Cooperative Extension should make better use of social media and partnerships with outside groups. Mark Lubell's conclusions come after studying 10 years of s...

SPI mill tour touts environmental stewardship

- Visitors who toured Sierra Pacific Industries' sawmill in Anderson, Calif., were taught how the plant takes measures to protect the environment. The mill was the first stop in a day-long bus tour of area agricultural operat...

Water plan calls for conservation measures on farms

- The California Department of Water Resources has released an updated state water plan with about 350 recommendations, more than 50 of which have to do with agriculture.

Periodic storms may continue in Northern Calif.

- A persistent parade of storm clouds has spritzed Northern California while areas south of Sacramento remained dry. The pattern is expected to continue at least until early November, even as El Nino conditions are anticipate...

House Dems again seek vote on wildfire bill

- U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., has been joined by House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in calling for Speaker John Boehner to schedule a vote on a bill that would protect forest management in the fed...

Confusion over drought maps prompts UC workshop

- A drought workshop offered by the University of California-Davis on Nov. 7 will include information about how climatologists can put together the U.S. Drought Monitor, which can affect ranchers' disaster relief payments.

Tomato growers peg crop at record 14 million tons

- California processing tomato growers expect to meet contracts for a record 14-million-ton crop. Good weather during crop development and having more acres planted than originally expected enabled growers to meet the goal.

Adverse weather hampers Calif. olive oil production

- California olive oil producers are hoping to match last year's mark of 3.5 million gallons after adverse weather affected crop development. Production had been increasing dramatically in recent years.

Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest

- California rice farmers are wrapping up their harvest of a crop that's expected to be 23 percent smaller than last year's. Good yields on many of the acres that were planted will help make up at least a small part of the lo...

Rain damage, water shortage hamper pumpkin crop

- A few rain-damaged pumpkins in northern areas and water shortages in the San Joaquin Valley put a blemish on what has otherwise been a decent pumpkin crop in California, growers say.

New guidelines aim to prevent bee die-offs

- An industry group has suggested best-management practices to protect bees from pesticides during the almond blossom. Bee experts are lauding the effort, which follows a massive bee die-off at the end of the bloom earlier th...

Even normal rain won’t end Calif. drought, expert says

- California will likely remain in a drought this winter even if most areas receive normal rainfall, according to an expert from the federal Climate Prediction Center. The center issued its annual winter outlook, which predic...

$7.5 billion question faces California water users

- Under California's proposed $7.5 billion water bond, it could take years before growers see any water from new storage projects, if they ever do. But farm groups say the measure would still provide a boost to existing water...

UC course teaches about on-farm conservation

- The University of California Cooperative Extension is offering an online course that aims to foster understanding among food safety professionals of certain conservation measures taken on the farm.

Calif. weather outlook still dry, but surprises may loom

- Forecasters still maintain that any El Nino that develops in California this winter will be weak, but a series of storms this week have suggested that occasional, pleasant surprises could be in store for the state.

Agency: Grazing compatible with protected bird

- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say protections for the yellow-billed cuckoo will be compatible with good grazing practices.

Gov. Brown vetoes antibiotics, farm labor bills

- California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed bills that would have given new voluntary federal standards for antibiotic use in livestock the force of law in the Golden State and made a farm labor mediator's decision immediately i...

No more storms on horizon for California

- After last week's impressive rainstorm in Northern California, October is expected to remain mostly dry, according to forecasters.