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Recipients of the second annual "California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards" were announced and honored at a lunch reception and ceremony April 20 in Sacramento.


The truck company appeared legitimate, though the paperwork was a bit sloppy. But after a few calls, the broker told Horizon Nut Co. to load 45,000 pounds of shelled pistachios and send it to the East Coast


The growing season for this year's San Joaquin County wine growers began early in the first week of March as buds on Chardonnay vines began to open. That trailed last year's start by several days. Still, it was 10 days earlier than the long-term average start of bud break, says Paul Verdegaal, the county's University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor for viticulture.


If completed, the project would include a 532-acre groundwater recharge basin connected to a 4.5 mile pipeline that draws surface water from the Friant-Kern Canal. It also includes 11 groundwater recovery wells installed within the Pixley Irrigation District


Fresno County raisin growers started their 2016 season on an early, wet note.


"The 30 percent allocation is welcome," said David Orth with the Friant Water Authority. "It's the first one we've seen in 3 years, but, frankly, it's not enough."


With predictions of multiple days of rain headed to a still thirsty San Joaquin Valley within hours, growers of wine grapes and others gathered at a Kerman farm to swap strategies for a range of topics from managing workers to managing water and diseases in vines.


While the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, made headlines around the country when the city's leaders exposed residents to a tainted water supply for almost two years, families living in the Central Valley of California have been struggling without clean drinking water for decades.


If the last three or four years of drought have lulled you into discounting any immediate threat to your grape vines from weeds this spring, you might want to consider this advice from Kurt Hembree, University of California Cooperative Extension weed management farm advisor for Fresno County.


"The demand for wine by American consumers continues to increase, and our region offers the most sustainable area in California to produce the grapes to help meet that demand for at least the next 25 years."


Many fruit and nut trees in California have already achieved the chilling hours -- or hours below 45 degrees -- that they'll need to have an even blossom and set a good crop, experts say.


As yet another El Niño-spawned rain storm pelted the area where they were meeting, California grape growers received good and bad news as they gathered for a San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium held in Easton. First the good news - this El Niño is the real deal, "currently a strong El Niño," said Jerald Meadows, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford..


Two Central Valley grape industry leaders praised for decades of service and work in the wine grape industry.


oth helped shape an industry in the Central Valley that continues transformation into more than a region known just for raisins


Four years of drought and heavy reliance on pumping of groundwater have made the land sink faster than ever up and down the Central Valley, requiring repairs to infrastructure that experts say are costing billions of dollars.


Max Gomberg of the State Water Resources Control Board said Monday that inland communities in hot regions and those that use new sources, such as recycled water and new desalination plants, could be eligible for lowered conservation requirements.


Some growers see almonds as an alternative to declining Valley grape prices


The Clovis winery, long abandoned and starting to collapse, has been condemned by city officials who plan to demolish it and dream of sports fields and new businesses rising in its footprint


Wine grape growers in California's San Joaquin Valley are learning a tough economics lesson the hard way, causing them to pull out vines, turn to other crops, sellout, or retire. They are learning that the wines their grapes have produced for years are now in low demand, and the price wineries pay, if they buy their grapes at all, doesn't cover their cost of production.


Repeated message among industry leaders: there's opportunities in San Joaquin Valley wine grapes

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