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"Basically the raisin industry desires to be more like the almond industry being completely mechanized. Using Sunpreme it is one step closer."


Patti and Martin Croad, the Bakersfield couple who own the Paso Robles winery and on-site inn (a nap after tasting? Don't mind if I do!) are hosting the Downunder Harvest Party on Oct. 17 and 18.


In hardest-hit Tulare County, over 1,300 wells have recently dried up, leaving nearly 7,000 people without water. OES is warning that too many people are not prepared for aquifers that may dry up


Two weeks after mechanically-harvesting his 310 acres of Thompson Seedless grapes and laying them on continuous trays to dry, Mitch Sangha started picking them up on Sept. 14


Wine grapes from the southern half of California's interior valley are fetching as little as $150 per ton on the spot market, and the low prices are not even prompting vintners to snatch them up on the gamble that 2016 ends up as light or lighter than this year


"Like the almond and cherry crops around here, the raisins were ready about a week earlier than usual this year. Yields appear to be up about 10 percent from last year, and the quality of the raisins looks pretty good."


George Radanovich served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years; These days, he's back in Mariposa, making wine for his "1000 Vines" label; He specializes in sauvignon blanc, which does well in the hot, dry and loamy terrain


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

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