Farm Workers Already Challenged By COVID Labor Through Heat And Wildfire SmokeThe recent heat wave and wildfire smoke have made for especially tough times for farm workers who were already struggling with COVID-19.
Grass Valley Animal Sanctuary Rescues 1,000 Chickens Set to Be Euthanized in IowaA Northern California farm animal sanctuary is spending thousands of dollars to send two cargo planes to Iowa to rescue 1,000 chickens that were going to be euthanized at a struggling egg farm.
Coronavirus Changed Life For Thousands Of Bay Area Horses And Their HumansEleven-year-old Rocky hasn’t seen his family since the lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus began, on March 17. That’s because he’s an off-track thoroughbred, aka 'Rockzig,' and one of the hundreds of thousands of horses whose humans and handlers are sheltering in place across the Bay Area.
EPA Declines To Ban Pesticide Found To Do Harm To Children's BrainsEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that by not banning chlorpyrifos he gave "regulatory certainty" to thousands of farms relying on the pesticide.
Despite El Niño Storms, Central Valley Farmers Brace For Continued DroughtFarmers in the San Joaquin Valley are bracing to receive no irrigation water from a federal system of reservoirs and canals for a third consecutive year.
Egg Prices More Than Double In CaliforniaConsumers are shelling out more for a carton of large eggs as benchmark prices in California have gone up by 150 percent in a year.
California Drought Causes Estimated $1.84 Billion Agricultural LossesResearchers from the University of California at Davis looked Tuesday at the likely farm costs of the drought in 2015.
Salinas Valley Deals With Farmworker Shortage; Fields Left UnpickedIts harvest time in the Salinas Valley, and produce from the “Salad Bowl of the World” is ready for the dinner table. But in this the land of plenty, there is a big shortage of farm workers.
California Farmers Ordered To Stop Pumping From San Joaquin River WatershedRegulators are ordering farmers with California’s oldest water rights to stop pumping from the San Joaquin River watershed for the first time in memory.
McDonald’s Plans To Start Using Chickens Raised Without Human AntibioticsWithin the next two years, McDonald’s USA said they will only buy and use chickens raised without human antibiotics.
California Unveils Nation's Strictest Rules On Noxious Pesticide UseCalifornia farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce.
Central Valley Water District Strikes Deal With Feds Over Contaminated Irrigation ProjectA 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.
California Growers Fear Pres. Obama's Executive Action On Immigration Will Intensify Farm Labor ShortageThousands 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.
Organic Farmers Object To California Pest-Management PlanOrganic farmers and environmentalists are challenging California's strategy on pesticides and crop pests.
Police Raid Petaluma Duck Farm After Undercover Video Reveals Sick & Wounded AnimalsSonoma County Sheriff's Office deputies raided a duck factory in Petaluma Wednesday after an animal advocacy group released hidden camera video showing wounded and sick animals.