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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

04/17/15

Adam Gray on Wednesday was booted off the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, one day after an unlikely victory when the committee narrowly approved his legislation aimed at protecting communities near the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers

04/09/15

By the first of April, the shoots in Thompson seedless and other raisin-type vineyards in Fresno County, the heart of California's raisin industry, had reached approximately 18 to 24 inches in length. This followed bud break in the first week of March, reports George Zhuang, the county's University of California Cooperative Extension viticulture farm advisor.

04/08/15

Moldauer's latest complaint against Constellation Brands, Inc., the owner of Mission Bell Winery, was, among other problems, filed in the wrong court, a Washington-based judge ruled last week.

04/07/15

Eclectic group of new agents join cadre of California grape-growing advisors

04/01/15

The board of the Turlock Irrigation District voted 3-2 this morning to cap water deliveries at 18 inches this year, about 40 percent of normal

03/31/15

In California's San Joaquin Valley where grape vines are pushing their crop into spring, growers and others are gathering at educational tailgate meetings to talk about stretching their irrigation efforts to make the last drop count, new labor regulations which take effect this year, and nitrogen management.

03/26/15

Delta smelt are hard to find. Federally listed as threatened in 1993 and as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act in 2009, they are an iconic species for water issues in the state

03/20/15

The state is spending an additional $4 million for more herbicide spraying to control vast swaths of a floating plant called the water hyacinth

03/20/15

Reaction to planned legislation announced in Sacramento on Thursday to speed up the spending of more than $1 billion on projects in reaction to the ongoing drought was swift and largely predictable

03/16/15

their ability to hold out against early offers and threaten lengthy court battles poses costly risks of delay for a $68-billion project facing tight construction and spending deadlines

03/12/15

Wine grape growers in California's Central Valley looking for a rebound in prices for their crop any time soon are likely to be disappointed. Blame ample supplies and dwindling demand for the types of wine made from their grapes, says Jeff Bitter, vice president of operations for the nearly 600 grower-members of Allied Grape Growers wine grape marketing cooperative.

03/12/15

Wine grapes aren't the only vines being uprooted from Central Valley vineyards in response to changing markets. The landscape within about a 100-mile radius of Fresno, the home of California's raisin industry, is also taking on a different look.

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