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08/27/15

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.

08/27/15

A California farm is seeking repayment from USDA for raisins it turned over under an unconstitutional confiscation of raisins.

08/21/15

The Fresno County blaze tore through timber, brush and tall grass in the Sierra National Forest, growing to nearly 48 square miles.

08/13/15

After jumping the gun to get a three-week head start on the usual beginning of the season, San Joaquin County's wine grape crop was ripening about 10 to 12 days sooner than average by the end of July, reports Paul Verdegaal

08/13/15

At one time, Fresno County raisin grape grower Bob Brar pumped water from the ground to supplement deliveries of surface water to his 120 acres of drip-irrigated Thompson seedless vines near Fowler, Calif.

07/29/15

Brain previously held the winemaking lecturer position at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is one of Central California's most respected vintners

07/23/15

"They're everywhere, even in places I haven't seen them before," says PCA Sara Savary, with Crop Care Associates

06/25/15

Contra Costa County farmer Matt Fernandes is all smiles when describing conditions in early June for the Cecchini Family Vineyards' 35-acre wine grape crop.

06/25/15

Judging strictly by appearance, it's difficult to detect anything amiss in the wine grape vineyards of California's San Joaquin Valley just prior to the official start of summer on June 21.

06/24/15

A farmer who refused to hand over half his raisin crop to the government as part of a New Deal-era price-support program won a major victory before the U.S. Supreme Court, as it decided the constitutional prohibition against uncompensated seizures extends to agricultural produce, according to Forbes magazine.

06/22/15

Citrus and avocados have been the two leading crops in north San Diego County. But, several thousand acres of citrus and about 10,000 acres of avocados have been taken out of production because farmers can't afford to irrigate.

06/03/15

Under the agreement, the farmers must turn in plans for using 25 percent less water.

05/27/15

The California State Water Resources Control Board have approved a proposal from riparian water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use in exchange for assurances they would not face further riparian curtailment during the June through September growing season.

05/27/15

Modesto Irrigation District investigating two suspected cases of water banditry

05/22/15

While agriculture may seem small compared to the entire California economy, it has a big impact on commerce in the San Joaquin Valley, long the nation's leading region for agricultural production.

05/21/15

Isolated hail storms in the San Joaquin Valley on May 7 caused spotty damage to some crops in the region.

05/21/15

A group of powerful California farmers who are volunteering to use less water amid the crippling drought have for years operated under an antiquated state system that relies on self-reported, error-riddled records to enforce cutbacks.

05/15/15

The California 5th District Court of Appeal has ruled that the state's "Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation" process is illegal

04/30/15

Without rain in the forecast, there are indications that the fire season, typically occurring June through October, could be one for the record books

04/24/15

Impacts San Joaquin Valley growers

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