Farmers

A CropX sensor, aimed at sending soil readings to the cloud, which farmers can use to determine how much water a certain part of the field needs.  (CropX Ltd.)

Bay Area Company CropX Uses Sensors And App To Maximize Water Use For Crops

CropX allows farmers to use wireless sensors that send soil readings to the cloud and the startup’s software determines how much water different areas of the field need.

06/25/2015

A farmer ploughs his dusty field in Sheldon as a severe drought continues to affect California on May 25, 2015.  California has recently announced sweeping statewide water restrictions for the first time in history in order to combat the region's devastating drought, the worst since records began.          AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Water Officials Announce Largest Cuts On Record For California Farmers

Drought-stricken California has ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state’s strongest water rights.

06/12/2015

Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water Conversation

$320 Million Earmarked For CA Drought-Relief Sitting Untapped In Government Bank Accounts

Weeks after he declared a state of emergency, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration set aside $687 million to help house farmworkers and others struggling in drought-devastated counties. Nearly half of it has not been awarded or spent.

06/09/2015

Jose Marquez with Arthur & Orum Well Drilling checks muddy water as it is discharged from a well drilling rig on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California. As the California drought continues, Central California farmers are hiring well drillers to seek water underground for their crops after the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation stopped providing Central Valley farmers with any water from the federally run system of reservoirs and canals fed by mountain runoff. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Drought To Cost Billions; Farmers Still 2.5M Acre-Feet Short Despite Drilling For Water

A new forecast says the economic impact of California’s drought will grow by $500 million in 2015, to $2.7 billion.

06/03/2015

Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water Conversation

California Farmers Propose Ways To Save Water, Avoid Steeper Cuts

The farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta east of San Francisco proposed the deal to spare themselves deeper mandatory cuts later.

06/03/2015

Mud Cracks

State Water Board Accepts Hundreds Of Farmers’ Offer To Make Voluntary 25 Percent Water Use Cut

The State Water Resources Control Board has accepted an historic offer by farmers to make a 25 percent voluntary water cut to avoid deeper losses later.

05/22/2015

Delta Water

California Farmers Ordered To Stop Pumping From San Joaquin River Watershed

Regulators are ordering farmers with California’s oldest water rights to stop pumping from the San Joaquin River watershed for the first time in memory.

05/20/2015

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Amid Record Drought, Group Of California Farmers Offer To Give Up 25 Percent Of Their Water

A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

05/20/2015

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Beware Of Produce Cheats At Farmers’ Markets — They Don’t Grow What They Sell

How do you know you’re getting freshly picked produce from a local farm, and not from Central America?

05/16/2015

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California Citrus Growers Trimming, Painting Trees To Deal With Drought

Growers in Fresno have sawed off large portions of their trees because there’s not enough water to keep the dense canopies alive, and spray painting them with a diluted latex paint that acts as a sunblock.

05/05/2015

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