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08/14/18

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District warned of poor air quality in Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties, the east side of the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada and foothill areas due to smoke from the Ferguson fire.

08/14/18

"Aside from south Central Valley product, for international buyers there are potential opportunities on Central Coast Cabernet and other reds from this appellation, and on good quality Washington State reds. The coming south Valley crop is projected to be of good size and of above-average quality. California is able to offer stably-priced, good quality wines on long-term contracts, and is competitively-priced on red"

08/13/18

Technology Deployed to Monitor Bodily Response: Respiration, Skin conductance or electrodermal activity, Facial expressions measured using electromyography ...

08/13/18

"For the overall grape industry in San Joaquin - although it is very early in the season - we do see at this point in time close-to-record or above-record type numbers hanging in the vineyard"

07/24/18

Featuring "Pose" star Mj Rodriguez and LGBTQ civil rights trailblazer Richard Leitsch, the documentary amplifies diverse stories of the LGBTQ community and speaks to the importance of finding chosen family

07/23/18

Tehachapi Winery is in the process of securing permits so that it can produce its first batch of wine on-site in the fall to be exported to Asia.

07/18/18

Central California is slowly collapsing under its own weight as farmers suck out groundwater, emptying vast subterranean aquifers and disrupting one of the state's key water-delivery networks. ... One of the casualties is the Friant-Kern Canal, a gravity-operated concrete waterway that stretches 152 miles down the valley's eastern side, supplying Fresno and smaller cities as well as thousands of farmers.

07/18/18

The headlines about a huge new regulatory proposal for the upper San Joaquin River have me thinking about all of California's rivers, the water rights Farm Bureau members hold and use on those rivers, and a concept called "reasonable use."

07/18/18

Having received little to no water from the federal Central Valley Project in recent drought years, farmers in a western Stanislaus County irrigation district have partnered with cities to purchase tertiary-treated recycled water, to help secure a more certain water supply.

07/09/18

By limiting water sent to cities and farms and keeping more for fish, the proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board's staff likely will ignite a round of lawsuits and political squabbles. Critics immediately pounced on the plan, saying it will take some of the nation's most fertile farmland out of production and harm the Central Valley economy

07/09/18

Despite concerns earlier in the year about freezing weather during almond bloom, careful management by California farmers and newer orchards coming into production have resulted in a record-breaking crop according to the 2018 Almond Objective Measurement Report. This confirms earlier predictions from the 2018 Almond Subjective Forecast released in May.

07/05/18

Bakersfield, Calif.-based International Fruit Genetics has six new Price Look-Up numbers for 24 varieties of table grapes, including 10 that IFG classifies as "novelty" varieties, such as the Cotton Candy.

06/19/18

The California Table Grape Commission continues its tradition of awarding scholarships to children of field workers, recently giving eight college-bound students scholarships for the coming school year

06/18/18

Chris Indelicato, president and CEO of Delicato Family Vineyards near Manteca, will serve as chairman of the Wine Institute board over the next year. The San Francisco-based group promotes California wine, much of it produced at Delicato and other large wineries in and near Stanislaus County.

06/14/18

The California Table Grape Commission has been doing viniculture research since 1972 and is funded by growers

06/13/18

"I can tell you our experience opening small wineries have been difficult, to say the least. Anything we can do to reduce the burden on a new winery opening is a benefit to all of us."

06/07/18

Voters on Tuesday passed Proposition 68 - the California Clean Water and Safe Parks Act - a $4.1 billion bond that will provide $1.6 billion for water-related projects.

06/04/18

The Friends of the Fair, the service-oriented and fundraising arm of the Dixon May Fair, has presented a total of $11,250 in college scholarships to six Solano County residents majoring in an agricultural-related field.

06/04/18

After more than two years the Bayer-Monsanto deal is closing June 7. And the Monsanto name will go away.

05/17/18

Experts say getting the Central Valley through future droughts will require expanding existing water supplies while reducing demand, partly by voluntarily leaving some land idle.

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