Farming

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

A sign on a farm trailer reading 'Food grows where water flows,' hangs over dry, cracked mud at the edge of a farm April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. Central Valley farmers and farm workers are suffering through the third year of the worsening California drought with extreme water shortages and job losses. The office of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicts Central Valley farm losses of $325 million to $477 million and total losses for crop production and related business to be between $440 and $644 million. Central Valley is expected to lose 16,200 to 23,700 full-time jobs and food prices are expected to rise nationwide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Feds Announce $20M In Aid For Drought Affected Farmers

Federal officials have announced $20 million in aid for California farmers affected by the ongoing drought.

02/04/2014

Water levels are low at the San Luis Reservoir, near Los Banos, California on March 11, 2009. (Robyn Beck / Getty Images)

17 California Communities In Danger Of Running Out Of Water In 4 Months

As the drought in California continues, 17 communities throughout the state could run out of water within 60 to 120 days, state officials said.

01/29/2014

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Fish Become Focus In War Over Future Of Delta Water

A sportfish has become a target in the war over water rights in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. The debate over the striped bass is coming to light amid a controversial state proposal to build two twin tunnels under the Delta.

11/15/2013

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

California Farmers Voice Need For Guest Worker Program; Warn Of Crop Shortage

Farmers said they are having trouble finding enough workers to pick their crops, and may have to switch to machines.

10/30/2013

Police handcuffs, generic crime

Santa Cruz County Farmer Accused Of Sexual Assault

A farmer was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment after a woman reported he attacked her at a farm in Watsonville last month, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

10/08/2013

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

California High-Speed Rail

Plight Of Farmers In Focus At Congressional High-Speed Rail Meeting In Central Valley

Members of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee will hold a special hearing in Madera on Tuesday about the status of the California’s High-Speed Rail project with a focus on rail authority’s purchases of Central Valley farm land.

05/28/2013

(CBS)

Valley Fever Hits Thousands In Parched Central Valley

California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal disease, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it.

05/05/2013

Cow. (CBS)

Higher Costs, Lower Milk Prices Take Toll On California Dairy Farmers

A growing number of California’s dairy farmers are going bankrupt, as they get caught between rising feed costs and milk prices set by the government. On Tuesday, the state rejected a request by dairy farmers to raise prices on milk.

08/21/2012

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