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06/10/16

A Fresno-based public water district that earned a rare federal penalty over what it described as "a little Enron accounting" loaned one of its executives $1.4 million to buy a riverfront home, and the loan remains unpaid nine years later although the official has left the agency, according to records and interviews.

06/09/16

San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties filed suit against Metropolitan Water District, a major backer of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build the tunnels to send water south.

06/08/16

Saturday's event might have seemed unthinkable to the Koths some 20 years ago. Their collection of grapes with hard-to-pronounce names like Gewurztraminer, Blaufrankisch and Spatburgunder, was a tough sell at first. As recently as five years ago, some of the Koths' fruit hung dormant on the vine.

06/03/16

California state lawmakers recently approved a plan that will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022.

06/02/16

California's overall walnut acreage in 2015 was up 12 percent from 2013 levels.

06/01/16

In a draft order, the State Water Recourses Control Board said Thursday that its prosecutors failed to prove its case against Byron-Bethany Irrigation District.

06/01/16

Asked to come up with pros and cons for growers engaging in custom crushing, Madera County wine grape grower and vintner Steve Schafer said he found it challenging to come up with positive observations. On the other hand, the "cons" part was simpler for him. That, he said, involved a one-word answer - "Don't."

05/26/16

Following the start of bloom in his earliest variety, French Colombard, about three weeks earlier, his last variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, had finished this year's bloom by mid-May, says San Joaquin Valley wine grape grower J.R. Shannon.

04/26/16

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.

04/15/16

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

04/14/16

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.

04/04/16

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

03/24/16

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

03/21/16

"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."

03/10/16

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.

03/10/16

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.

03/09/16

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.

03/09/16

"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."

01/20/16

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.

01/19/16

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..

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