Farming

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

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)

Feds Stepping In To Help Rural California Communities Suffering In Drought

The federal government is stepping in to help California communities, particularly in rural areas, in danger of drying out during the drought.

07/17/2014

A water well being drilled in the Central Valley. (CBS)

California’s Record Drought Sparks Well Drilling Boom

California water well diggers are working around the clock, drilling wells for farmers desperate to keep their crops from turning to dust.

07/07/2014

Milkshake the cow has an identity crisis -- her owner says she thinks she's a dog.

Rescued El Dorado Cow Thinks She’s A Dog

Milkshake is visibly a cow in appearance, but the rescued bovine is more likely to exhibit the qualities of her canine companions.

06/11/2014

Young Farmer

New Generation Of Farmers Finds Purpose, Satisfaction Going Back To The Land

Young people are drawn to big cities and the latest technology these days but, here in the Bay Area, a new generation of farmers is working the land on the urban edge.

05/23/2014

Honey bees in an apiary. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

Bee Hive Thefts Prove California’s Central Valley Beekeeping Is Big Business

Central Valley beekeepers are losing tens of thousands of dollars to thieves making off with beehives.

05/06/2014

California Drought Dries Up Bay Area Reservoirs

California Farmers To Get More Water As Feds Ease Drought-Related Cutbacks

California farmers and cities are set to get more water, as state and federal officials ease drought-related water cutbacks because of recent rain and snow.

04/18/2014

California farm. (CBS)

Despite Drought, Plenty Of Gallons Still Needed To Water California’s Crops

Most people don’t realize how much water it takes to grow their food. For example, to grow one single almond it takes one gallon of water. To grow one head of lettuce it takes three-and-a-half gallons of water. And to grow one walnut, it takes five gallons of water.

04/17/2014

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

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