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Almond investors get roasted in debate over California water
Almond investors get roasted in debate over California water
The strong Asia market is producing up to 30 percent returns for investors, prompting agri-businesses to expand almond planting in the state by two-thirds in the past decade.

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California grape acreage remains steady, survey finds
California grape acreage remains steady, survey finds
Grape acreage in California remained fairly steady in 2014 despite drought conditions that caused a drop in yields, according to a survey by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Analyst: California drought not a significant hit to economy
The report notes that agriculture makes up only 2 percent of the state economy, and that the state’s total economy grew even as food production shrank in the previous major drought in the 1970s.
With legalization possible, pot growers become lobbyists
Marijuana producers from Northern California are hiring veteran lobbyists, forming political action committees and taking elected officials on fact-finding tours.
Calif. processors say FMMO hearing unwarranted
USDA has received three alternative proposals to three co-ops' proposal to establish a federal milk marketing order for California.
Favorable spring weather pushes crops in California
Favorable spring weather pushes crops in California
Warm late winter and early spring temperatures in California have prompted a quick development of many crops, as many fruits and vegetables are coming in earlier than usual.
USDA posts alternative proposals for Calif. milk marketing order
Three alternative proposals to establish a federal milk marketing orderfor California have been submitted to USDA and are available for viewing.
Feds seek more data on rat poison risk to Pacific fisher
Officials want more information on risks that may be pushing the Pacific fisher toward extinction, particularly rat poisons left around illegal marijuana gardens.
Nurseries given tips on preventing spread of citrus psyllid
Nurseries given tips on preventing spread of citrus psyllid
A California agency is urging nurseries to take steps to prevent the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid, which can carry a disease that could devastate the citrus industry. The effort comes as the USDA has offered another $23 million in grants to fight...
Farms face steep water cuts in water districts deemed urban
The state water board has called for 35 percent reduction — the maximum — for Valley Center Municipal Water District, which serves mainly farmers near San Diego.
Sharpshooter discovery has Sonoma County ag inspectors on alert
Inspectors rejected a shipment of mostly olive trees from Ventura County sent to a nursery last month after finding eggs and exoskeletons of the glassy-winged sharpshooter.