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A stream of water cuts through a dry section of Folsom Lake on March 20, 2014 in Granite Bay, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Drought Could Cost Agricultural Economy $1.7B, Leave Thousands Without Work

Researchers say California’s drought could cost the state’s agricultural economy $1.7 billion this year and leave more than 14,000 farmworkers without work.

05/19/2014

Fresh asparagus is displayed at a farmers market in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Water Behind Dam Near Fresno To Be Tapped For Farmers Facing Drought

Officials said Tuesday that, for the first time in decades, they plan to tap water stored behind a dam east of Fresno, as they try to help California farmers through the ongoing drought.

05/13/2014

Pheidole megacephala, one of several big headed ant species. (April Nobile/www.antweb.org)

California Ag Officials Use Spam To Keep Big-Headed African Ants From Spreading North

California agriculture officials are on the hunt for an invasive species of ant that’s been spotted in an Southern California yard — and they’ll use Spam as bait.

05/03/2014

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)

Californians Acknowledge Drought But Want Others To Cut Back

An overwhelming majority of Californians agree the state is facing a serious water shortage, but most are also opposed to mandatory rationing.

04/16/2014

Water Pump

Central Valley Farmers Drill Deep To Defeat Drought

Well drilling is booming across California’s Central Valley, with some drilling companies booked for months.

04/13/2014

Water Witch

California Drought Prompts Farmers To Hire ‘Water Witches’

Farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers or “water witches.”

03/02/2014

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Bill Gates Backs SF Startup To Create Vegetarian Egg Substitute

Can plants replace eggs? A San Francisco startup backed by Bill Gates believes they can.

12/08/2013

Robot Harvester

Robot Lettuce Pickers In Salinas Point To Future Of Farming

Robotic farming could provide relief from recent labor shortages, lessen the unknowns of immigration reform, even reduce costs, increase quality and yield a more consistent product.

07/14/2013

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The Local Food Myth: Why Locavores May Be Getting It Wrong

Hitching health and greener planet hopes to the local food movement? You may want to reconsider.

02/20/2013

Artist's conception of a California high-speed rail train. (California High-Speed Rail Authority)

California High-Speed Rail Faces New Legal Challenges

Farmers in the Central Valley have filed a pair of lawsuits claiming the path of the bullet train line will severely impact farming in the community.

06/03/2012

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