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Drought, heat take toll on almond sizes, weights
Drought, heat take toll on almond sizes, weights
The harvest of early almond varieties is under way in California, and growers say the sizes and weights of some nuts are down. Drought, heat and disease pressure are seen as contributing to the troubles.

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Probe sought into possible water diversion
The California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are calling on the state board that oversees water rights to investigate possible water diversion by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Southern California fire now 40 percent contained
Eight helicopters and 200 firefighters battled the fire in steep, rugged terrain.
Farm groups cheer California water bond proposal
Farm groups cheer California water bond proposal
Farm groups in California hailed the $7.5 billion water bond measure agreed to by Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers. The measure, which will appear on the November ballot, would include $2.7 billion for storage.
2 lawmakers vote ‘no’ on California water bond
A Republican and a Democrat vote against compromise water bond agreement.
Ranch owners to pay $1.1 million for destroying vernal pools
Ranch owners near Red Bluff, Calif., agreed to pay out $1.1 million in a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after allegedly destroying wetlands on their property.
Drought, freezes diminish Calif. table olive crop
Drought, freezes diminish Calif. table olive crop
The National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts that this year's table olive crop in California will be 45 percent smaller than last year's. But an industry leader says NASS may even have been too optimistic with its report.
Californians to vote on $7.5 billion water plan
Californians to vote on $7.5 billion water plan
After weeks of difficult negotiations, the ballot measure sailed through both houses of the Legislature: 77-2 in the Assembly and 37-0 in the Senate. Republican Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks and Democrat Wesley Chesbro of Arcata cast the dissenting votes in...
Decision on Calif. milk pricing to come swiftly
California's pricing of milk to manufacture cheese, which has given California dairymen severe heartburn and caused industry infighting for four years, could be on the the verge of a landmark decision by California's Ag Secretary Karen Ross. 
Tainted hay suspected in horses’ sun sensitivity
Affected horses experience infections called photodermatitis, which can result in hair loss and painful lesions. The source appears to be tainted alfalfa hay from several distributors, with at least some from the Bishop area in the Eastern Sierra,...
Ranchers, others grapple with wildfires’ aftermath
Ranchers, others grapple with wildfires’ aftermath
Fire crews are gaining an upper hand on several major wildfires in northeastern California, which have burned thousands of acres of timber and grazing land.