Farming

Almond Irrigation

California Almonds Roasted In Drought Debate Over Irrigation

As California enters its 4th year of drought, the state’s multi-billion almond crop is helping drive a sharp debate about water use.

04/19/2015

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

California Farmers Clash As Huge Amount Of Water Pumped From Delta Despite Drought

Huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

04/11/2015

Gov. Brown

Gov. Brown Defends Drought Restrictions That Spare Farmers

Gov. Jerry Brown defended his order requiring Californians statewide to cut back on their water use in a historic mandate that spares those who consume the most: farmers.

04/05/2015

Baby Chick

High-Priced Eggs Lead To Bay Area Chicks Shortage

The recent rise in egg prices has led to a shortage of chicks, as more people are raising chickens at their homes.

02/12/2015

Water Pump

Central Valley Water District Strikes Deal With Feds Over Contaminated Irrigation Project

A Central Valley water district that is the country’s largest says it has reached a deal with the federal government in a decades-long dispute over thousands of acres of contaminated land.

01/11/2015

A farmworker picks lettuce in a field. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images)

California Growers Fear Pres. Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration Will Intensify Farm Labor Shortage

Thousands of the state’s farm workers, who make up a significant portion of those who will benefit, may choose to leave the uncertainty of their seasonal jobs for steady, year-around work.

12/28/2014

Mobile Butcher

Central California Butcher Takes Meat Processing Truck Direct To Local Ranches

A growing number of meat suppliers and processors is turning to mobile slaughterhouses. In the process, they’re making the road from farm to table very direct.

11/28/2014

Young Farmer

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

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

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