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State Water Board Accepts Voluntary 25 Percent Cut From Senior Water Rights Holders

The 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.


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Edible Insects Benefiting Thailand’s Farmers

Depending 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.


The rain-swollen San Gabriel River brushes against a bridge in Los Angeles County. (Getty Images)

Storm Brings Short-Term Flooding But No Long-Term Drought Relief

Rain from Southern California storm not enough to ease the state’s drought.


2013 was the driest calendar year on record for the state. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Farmers Say Pres. Obama’s Drought Relief Efforts Don’t Address Long-Term Water Issues

Farmers 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.


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Strawberry Growers Seek Pesticide Alternatives

For 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.


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Farmers Warn High Demand For Workers Will Cost Consumers

Local farmers say consumers should prepare to spend a little more at the grocery store due to a shortage of farm workers.


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US Farmers Worry About The Fate Of Immigration Bills

From 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.


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Calif. Raisin Farmers Getting A New Day In Court

The 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 Ethanol

Amid 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.



Decline In Workers Worrying Central Valley Farmers

The good news for job seekers is that there’s plenty of work in the farm fields, but the bad news for farmers is there are not enough workers coming around.


New twenty dollar bills at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC(Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Obama Is Trying To Buy The Hispanic And Female Vote With Another Government Giveaway

Conveniently-timed for Obama’s reelection, the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Resolution program began September 24, 2012 – just a month-and-a-half before the election. Apparently the Obama administration did not care about this alleged injustice to females and Hispanics any time in the past three-and-a-half years. It just happened to be thought about and addressed now – just before voters pull the lever.



Picker Shortage Costing Yuba Farmers As Peaches Rot

The owner of a Yuba orchard starts everyday by knocking on the doors of potential workers but with so few willing to take the work, he fears half his crop will end up rotten.