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The tone was set early as some 70 participants in a field day gathered at a Farm of the Future at West Hills College in Coalinga, Calif. to examine the value of collecting data using technology - and then to discuss what to do with the data.


Some wineries will decide it's a gamble worth taking. "Then for wine that will be done with those grapes will need to see how much potential smoke taste is."


Among the scheduled educational sessions are: "Issues Facing Organic Farmers Today," "Clean and Renewable Technology" and "Tools for Plant and Soil Health." The keynote presentation Grower Roundtable is titled "From Wall Street to Main Street, Organic Means Good Business" and features Scott LaRue of Piper Jaffray as moderator and Bill Reiman of Gladstone Land Corp; Stan Pura, founder of Mission Ranches and Jeff Huckaby, President of Grimmway Farms.


The wine industry's total benefit to the American economy adds up to $219.9 billion in 2017, according to a report released by WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries' lobbying organization.


By the first of September, six weeks after he and crews began harvesting wine grapes in the central and southern San Joaquin Valley, yields had been ranging from low to average, reports Luke Shoffner


Growers were already expecting a smaller crop this year before thunderstorms dropped as much as a half-inch of rain in some vineyards just as grapes were drying on the ground.


State and local promoters of the tunnels now contend that dozens of local water agencies representing millions of Californians are obligated to help foot the bill.


In an extensive series of lab studies and in field trials at vineyards in several states including those at the University of California - Riverside, this form of biocontrol has proven effective in preventing vines from developing the disease.


Watts said they have aligned the winery with Southern Wine and Spirits to sell in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and a few other states. It's been a smarter move, financially, than to focus on California, he said.


Now in its 33rd year, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce-sponsored hall honors people who have contributed to agriculture and to their community in significant ways.


Poor weather, depressed commodity prices drag overall crop values down in San Joaquin County, Calif.


The current extreme heat is moving the red varieties quickly to sugar levels that require harvesting, so for a while at least, both whites and reds will be harvested at the same time, complicating harvesting operations


As steep as the recent two-year decline has been, it follows record-high values earlier this decade - a "bubble" of sorts that may not have been sustainable over the long term


There have been no funding increases for several important programs in the last two farm bills while the challenges facing agriculture "have exploded," said Kelly Covello, president of the Almond Alliance of California.


In a show of support, the Butte County Farm Bureau visited a property south of Red Bluff Friday morning, issuing a challenge for other farm bureau organizations to join it in supporting a farmer's legal battle against the federal government.


CALF is currently in the process of interviewing individuals from throughout the state for Class 48. The first assemblage was seated almost fifty years ago in 1970.


California's raisin production is centered within about a 60-mile radius of Fresno County. Due to much lower bunch counts, most growers are expecting this year's crop to be smaller than the historical average.


Officials at the San Joaquin Valley air district say they can't meet some federal standards.


On July 19, the Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) will host the fifth of an eight-part seminar series on "Practical Grape Growing." Daphne Amory, an agricultural advisor and coach with a knack for success in regenerative farming, will be one of three guest speakers.


A massive wildfire in Mariposa County has already destroyed one building, damaged another and is threatening over 300 more structures. Firefighters say the blaze is unpredictable at this time. At one point on Monday the fire jumped a stretch of Highway 49.

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