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Isolated hail storms in the San Joaquin Valley on May 7 caused spotty damage to some crops in the region.


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.


The California 5th District Court of Appeal has ruled that the state's "Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation" process is illegal


Without rain in the forecast, there are indications that the fire season, typically occurring June through October, could be one for the record books


Impacts San Joaquin Valley growers


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


The developer, DeWayne Zinkin, has hinted at other possible tenants: a pet supplier, clothing and shoe stores, an upscale grocery store and a high-end liquor and wine business.


The state claims Gallo Glass company put recycled lead, arsenic and selenium in their bottles, which are all byproducts of making glass


Lindsay Jordan steps in for Madera, Merced and Mariposa counties in California

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