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Environmentalists say 'water grab' could result from land deals


The nation's largest irrigation district agreed to clean up contaminated water in California's fertile Central Valley in a tentative deal announced Tuesday, settling a decades-old dispute with the federal government


Twenty-four individuals have been selected for Class 46 of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, an advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders. The new fellows will be inaugurated on Oct. 15 at Fresno State.


The early harvest is in line with the crop's rate of growth throughout the season


Silkwood Wines produces about 10,000 cases per year of syrah, petite sirah, chardonnay, alicante bouschet and cabernet sauvignon


Quady Winery (Madera, CA), a leading producer of premium Moscato, dessert, and apéritif wines, has announced that due to sustained growth they will be handling sales with their distributors and brokers directly beginning August 1st. Quady Winery was previously aligned with the San Francisco Wine Exchange.


Although atmospheric and oceanic conditions point to an nearly-guaranteed El Niño this year, there is no guarantee that even a strong El Niño would bring enough rainfall to replenish Turlock amidst the drought


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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