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Protecting crops naturally
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 off pests and disease.

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CDFA permanently raises whey value in milk pricing
CDFA permanently raises whey value in milk pricing
Dairymen say the decision is good but it won't keep dairies from going out of business due to mounting losses.
Demand plummets for California pollution credits
The state Department of Finance says revenue from the program was $600 million short of the $2.4 billion anticipated in the current fiscal year.
Aggressive bees in California attack were regular honeybees
Scientists at the California Department of Food and Agriculture tested seven of the bees and found that they were European honeybees with no sign of Africanized ancestry.
Rice growers wrap up near-normal planting season
Rice growers wrap up near-normal planting season
Northern California rice growers are wrapping up their planting season as spring rains enabled them to plant close to 500,000 acres, a significant increase from last year.
Mechanical harvests of raisin grapes increase dramatically
Mechanical harvests of raisin grapes increase dramatically
About 28 percent of California's raisin grape acreage was harvested mechanically last season, up dramatically from two years ago, and experts think machine harvests will keep increasing as labor costs rise.
California ag groups give more than $746,000 in scholarships
California ag groups give more than $746,000 in scholarships

ANDERSON, Calif. — Two agricultural groups are handing out hundreds of scholarships worth more than $746,000 this spring.

The Sierra Pacific Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by Sierra Pacific Industries owner...

Dairy lessons highlight annual ag awareness day
Dairy lessons highlight annual ag awareness day

YREKA, Calif. — Teams of elementary-school students waited eagerly for their turns in a contest to see who could fill buckets with milk the fastest.

They were “milking” a faux cow hosted by local 4-H leader Jacki Zediker,...

Judge: California delta land deal can move forward

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A judge says Southern California’s largest water supplier can move ahead with plans to buy sprawling farmland that could be used to help build twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

A...

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta a challenge for all who depend on it
Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta a challenge for all who depend on it

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta a challenge for all who depend on it

By Tim Hearden

Capital Press

STOCKTON, Calif. — Michael George often finds himself in the middle of political firestorms.

It’s part of his...

Feds sign updated $2.5 billion high-speed rail grant

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal transportation authorities have signed an updated grant agreement with California reflecting the delayed timeline for building the state’s $64 billion high-speed rail project.

The board that...

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