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Growers await methyl bromide alternative
Agricultural industry leaders are happy to see the development of fluensulfone, a non-fumigant alternative to methyl bromide approved for controlling nematodes. But it could be awhile before the product is used in the fields, they say.

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Gov. Brown signs Calif. groundwater bills
Gov. Brown signs Calif. groundwater bills
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a package of legislation giving the state sweeping new controls over groundwater use in California. The bills set deadlines for establishing and implementing management plans in various groundwater basins.
Biomass firms sue feds for $22 million
Biomass energy facilities in California have filed a lawsuit that claims the U.S. Treasury owes them about $22 million.
California wildfire grows rapidly as others ease
Additional firefighters have been brought in to battle the fire near the community of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east of Sacramento.
Tribe protests plans to raise dam
Tribe protests plans to raise dam
Indians in California are protesting plans to raise the dam at Shasta Reservoir.
EPA approves new methyl bromide alternative
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it is registering a new nematicide as a non-fumigant alternative to methyl bromide, which is being phased out.
Record walnut crop expected despite drought
While the drought is taking its toll on other nut crops, a government agency expects California walnut growers to enjoy a record crop in 2014.
Rocks slow wildfire in Yosemite backcountry
The Yosemite blaze has burned more than 7½ square miles and was 23 percent contained Wednesday night.
Judge rejects latest bid to keep oyster farm open
The company was notified in 2007 that its 40-year lease would not be renewed when it expired in 2012. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, won passage of a bill in 2009 allowing the Interior secretary to extend the lease for another 10 years.
Water use drops in July amid drought
The state board approved water restrictions in July that include fines up to $500-a-day for water wasters, and it could consider more aggressive conservation measures later this month.
Field Poll: Water bond leads among likely voters
Supporters have work to do promoting Proposition 1. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed had not heard about the proposal.