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People from the northern San Joaquin Valley left their farms, classrooms and local government buildings Monday to voice opposition to a plan by the State Water Resources Control Board that would affect the flow of water for the San Joaquin River and its tributaries-the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers. The board says the purpose of the plan is to leave more water in the tributaries during periods it considers key for at-risk native fish species


Growing California Cabernet isn't cheap, even in the San Joaquin Valley


The Cheese and Wine Exposition, Riverbank's signature event for 40 years, will continue at least two more years, with some tweaking to draw more craft booths


A historic building in Clovis is slowing coming down. Demolition at the Old Clovis Winery has begun. The building sits on Clovis Avenue between Dakota and Ashlan Avenues. The City said it's been empty for decades, and it's unsafe to remain up


The winery buildings, on Clovis Avenue north of Dakota Avenue, were condemned and prepared for demolition last year


The story of John Duarte and 450 acres in Northern California is a complicated matter. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's a tale of a clear violation of the Clean Water Act. Duarte, on the other hand, says the real story is about assumptions and overreach by the government."I call it peeling the onion because this thing goes so many layers deep," he says.


Some crop-price drops will impact per-acre, economic values into 2017, but the state's historical upward trend is expected to resume in the long term


Manteca-area farmers voted this week to oppose a state proposal to permanently allow more water to remain in the Stanislaus River to protect fish.


Overwhelmingly positive reports from California growing regions


Currently most vineyards are focusing on harvesting grapes for white wines. They have to be harvested first because of their thinner skins. Those grapes can be more easily impacted by early rains than red wine grapes.


It's right in the heart of Fresno, inside Old Fig Garden. 15 years ago, David Carlson bought a home there and wanted a way to keep his dinner indulgence alive


A new proposal would curtail the amount of water slated for human consumption in the state's fertile Central Valley. Conservation groups say its an essential move, but local officials say it'll decimate the state's farms.


Five growers will be the latest inductees into the San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame at a banquet in Stockton, Calif., in October.


This weekend's benefit Wine, Women, and Shoes is a chance for women to kick up their heels and sip some fine wines and sample culinary delights in Fresno.


The Madera Vintners Association will host its 9th annual "California Wine Month Celebration" on September 16th honoring California Wine Month which is the month of September.


Topping the county's list of most valuable crops, grapes and almonds remained No. 1 and No. 2 with gross receipts near or above $1.5 billion each. Citrus rounds out the top three at over $927 million in gross value. As the county's top commodity, total grape acreage remained unchanged from the previous year at 106,200. Internal changes in the grape industry saw acreage gains in wine varieties and a decrease in raisin acreage.


When it comes to harvesting wine grapes, Stanislaus County vintner John Monnich likes the fruit to hang on the vines as long as needed to achieve the best flavors and smoothest tannins for his wines..


A state regulatory agency has fined a Kern County grape grower $10,000 after an illegal pesticide was detected on his harvested crop.


Growers in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada gathered recently to hear what Professor Novello had to say about their region. That would be Professore Vittorino Novello of the University of Turin, who was invited by University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich to tour foothill vineyards and share his thoughts. Growers in the region are finding success producing Italian grape varieties, owing in part to the ideal microclimate and soils the foothills provide.


John Monnich anticipates yields this year will fall a little below average, but not as much as they did the last two seasons. He looks for quality of the grapes to be up this year

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