Tim Hearden

Northern California Reporter
Hearden, Tim

California water board may scrap statewide grazing regs

- California's State Water Resources Control Board may discontinue efforts to impose statewide regulations on grazing near streams.

Cooperative helps drought-stricken member dairies

- The Organic Valley cooperative is giving dairy producers in drought-affected areas up to $2 per hundredweight extra for their milk to help them meet rising feed and other costs.

Water districts sue, blast feds over Trinity River releases

- Two water agencies in the San Joaquin Valley are suing to stop the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from releasing additional water into the Trinity River in Northern California to help Chinook salmon that are returning to the Lo...

Judge denies water districts’ motion to halt Trinity releases

- A federal judge in Fresno has denied San Joaquin Valley water districts' motion to halt releases of extra water from the Trinity Reservoir in Northern California to aid chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River.

Despite drought, Fresno County crop values set record

- Although the drought has caused one-quarter of Fresno County's farmland to be taken out of production, the county in 2014 set a record for crop values at more than $7.03 billion, according to the county's annual crop report.

Despite ruling, CFBF still seeking to challenge permit requirements

- The California Farm Bureau Federation is still looking for opportunities to challenge a state Department of Fish and Wildlife requirement that some landowners obtain streambed alteration permits for simple diversions from s...

Pack of gray wolves observed in California’s Siskiyou County

- California officials have gained photographic evidence of the first gray wolf pack in decades to roam into the state. Officials have dubbed the five pups and two adults observed in Siskiyou County the Shasta Pack.

UC research leader seeks new ways to expand grower opportunities

- Glenda Humiston, the University of California's new vice president in charge of agriculture and natural resources, plans to work on enhancing growers' economic opportunities in the 21st century.

Attorneys urge Calif. landowners to document their water rights

- Water attorneys and experts at a University of Caifornia Cooperative Extension-sponsored workshop said landowners should know their water rights and keep documentation handy to present it to state officials who challenge th...

Central Valley sinking at historic rate, state says

- California officials say drought-related groundwater pumping is causing the ground to sink at historic rates in some areas of the Central Valley. The state is encouraging counties and communities to take steps to curb pumpi...

Ranchers, USDA spar over forest management

- The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Public Lands Council are accusing the federal government of making this year's wildfire season worse by mismanaging forests. A top federal official responds by urging support fo...

Calif. fairs to get $10 million for upgrades, operations

- California's network of 79 local fairgrounds will get $10 million from the state in fiscal 2015-16, most of which will go toward needed repairs and upgrades.

New UCANR vice president wants to boost partnerships, advisers

- Glenda Humiston, the University of California's new vice president for agriculture and natural resources, says she wants to build better partnerships with commodity groups and urban leaders and continue increasing the numbe...

Strong El Nino now likely, but don’t expect end to drought

- Conditions are pointing to a historically strong El Nino year in the West, which could mean a wet winter in California. But officials caution that even one wet winter won't likely end the drought.

Calif. prune harvest begins as growers expect lighter crop

- The harvest of prune varieties is under way in California's Central Valley. Growers are expecting a lighter crop as a warm and early spring affected fruit set and hot summer temperaturess caused some drop-offs.

Conditions ripe for abundant fresh-market, processing tomato crop

- Growers say this summer's conditions have been right for a successful tomato crop in California.

Study: Flowers can spread harmful bee parasites

- Flowers can serve as platforms for parasites that can harm bees, a University of California-Riverside study has found.

SPI mostly unscathed as wildfires rip through forest land, budgets

- Sierra Pacific Industries has so far lost less than 1,000 acres to wildfires burning forest lands throughout California. This year so far marks a bit of a reprieve for the company after it lost major swaths of land to fires...

Water panel praised for gathering input on bond funds

- A proponent for a new reservoir in Northern California is praising the state water commission for gathering public input on how it chooses recipients of R2.7 billion in storage-related bond funds approved by voters in Novem...

Drought-fueled Calif. wildfires threaten vineyards, displace livestock

- A wildfire that has burned more than 101 square miles in Northern California has threatened vineyards and prompted officials to move livestock to safer ground. The Rocky Fire is one of about 20 wildfires burning in Californ...

Researchers: Replenish aquifers by flooding fields in winter

- University of California-Davis researchers propose flooding some farm fields during rainy winter months to replenish groundwater supplies that have been depleted because of the drought.

Berry producers keep pace despite drought, summer heat

- Despite drought and heat, producers of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries have fought to keep pace with last year's production.

Strawberry production keeps pace despite heat, fewer acres

- Strawberry production in California is keeping pace with last year even though there are fewer acres and more berries being diverted to processing.

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...