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Organic Farmers Object To California Pest-Management Plan

Organic farmers and environmentalists are challenging California’s strategy on pesticides and crop pests.

11/08/2014

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Drought Sucking California’s $5 Billion Rice Harvest Dry

California’s deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that’s bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers.

10/29/2014

(Jeffrey Weston Lotz/Creative Commons)

Deadly Citrus Tree Pest Found For First Time In Bay Area

The California Department of Food and Agriculture detected the first incidence in the Bay Area of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) Oct. 6. The pest causes a disease that kills citrus trees.

10/24/2014

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009. Dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher. (NASA)

Mysterious Sources Of Methane Viewed From Space Makes Central California 2nd Worst ‘Hot Spot’ In Nation

A small hot spot in California’s Central Valley is likely the second largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States, according to a new study of satellite data.

10/09/2014

Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Farmers Urge Gov. Brown To Veto Legislation That Would Regulate Pumping California’s Groundwater

California Central Valley farmers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to veto legislation that would regulate the pumping of well water in California for the first time.

09/15/2014

Birds Fly Over Central Valley Rice Field

Conservationists Rent California Rice Fields As Habitat For Drought-Threatened Migrating Birds

With severe drought covering 95 percent of California, ‘pop-up wetlands’ are one of the few tools that conservationists have to help stave off possible bird die-offs this fall.

09/13/2014

A sign is posted near a row of Kale at the City Hall Victory Garden August 11, 2008 at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco First California City To Test Urban Farming Tax Break Law For Property Owners

San Francisco will soon become the first city to enact a California law giving owners who turn empty lots into gardens the chance to get a tax break.

09/02/2014

A stream of water cuts through the dry bottom of the Almaden Reservoir on January 28, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Governor Brown’s Drought Task Force Meets With SF Public Utilities Commission

Members of Governor Browns’ interagency Drought Task Force came to San Francisco Monday to meet with local government officials to learn more about efforts to respond to the drought.

08/11/2014

Workers drill for water for a farmer on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years and possible the worst in the past 500 years. Grasslands that support cattle have dried up, forcing ranchers to feed them expensive supplemental hay to keep them from starving or to sell at least some of their herds, and farmers are struggling with diminishing crop water and whether to plant or to tear out permanent crops which use water year-round like almond trees. About 17 rural communities could run out of drinking water within several weeks and politicians are pushing to undo laws that protect several endangered species. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

In Depth: Who’s Using Water During California’s Drought?

The current drought is covering all of California in extreme ways. It’s the third driest year in 106 years of record keeping according to Jay Lund of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, our guest for this week’s In Depth.

08/04/2014

Urban Agriculture

San Francisco Supervisors Consider Tax Breaks To Seed Urban Garden Growth

A new proposal before the Board of Supervisors would give significant tax breaks for property owners willing to set aside their empty lots as urban gardens.

07/20/2014

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