Robotic Fruit Pickers May Help Orchards With Worker ShortageSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States.
Central Valley Citrus Groves Dodge Hard FreezeCalifornia's citrus industry in the Central Valley dodged a hard freeze feared during recent cold nights. Temperatures in the San Joaquin Valley dipped to the high 20s and low 30s, ideal for most types of citrus for short periods.
Calif. Easing Water Restrictions For Some FarmersCalifornia is easing water restrictions on some of those with the state's strongest water rights.
State Water Board Accepts Voluntary 25 Percent Cut From Senior Water Rights HoldersThe State Water Resources Control Board approved a proposal from senior right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use.
Edible Insects Benefiting Thailand's FarmersDepending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country's poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence.
Storm Brings Short-Term Flooding But No Long-Term Drought ReliefRain from Southern California storm not enough to ease the state's drought.
Farmers Say Pres. Obama's Drought Relief Efforts Don't Address Long-Term Water IssuesFarmers in California's drought-stricken Central Valley said Friday that the financial assistance President Barack Obama is delivering on his visit does not get to the heart of California's long-term water problems.
Strawberry Growers Seek Pesticide AlternativesFor decades, California strawberry growers like Rod Koda injected the potent pesticide methyl bromide into soil to kill bugs, weeds and plant diseases before planting strawberries.
Farmers Warn High Demand For Workers Will Cost ConsumersLocal farmers say consumers should prepare to spend a little more at the grocery store due to a shortage of farm workers.
US Farmers Worry About The Fate Of Immigration BillsFrom Christmas tree growers in the Appalachians to Wisconsin dairy farmers and producers of California's diverse abundance of fruits and vegetables, agricultural leaders are pleading with Congress for an immigration bill that includes more lenient and less complex rules for hiring farm workers.
Calif. Raisin Farmers Getting A New Day In CourtThe Supreme Court is giving California raisin producers a new day in court to object to a government program that aims to stabilize prices by regulating the market.
Central Valley Farmers Team Up To Convert Beets To EthanolAmid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California's Central Valley, a once-dominant crop that has nearly disappeared from the state's farms is making a comeback: sugar beets.