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California’s 2016 grape crush in at more than 4.2 million tons

California’s 2016 grape crush in at more than 4.2 million tons

California produced more than 4.2 million tons of grapes in 2016, up 9.3 percent from 2015, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s grape crush report. Red wine varieties represented…

An exterminator’s mission to save bees

An exterminator’s mission to save bees

By SIM RISSO Business Journal writer MODESTO — Usually pest control services aren’t known for saving insects. But that’s not the case with Cornerstone Pest Management, which specializes in safely…

Rain brings questions for almond crop

Rain brings questions for almond crop

MODESTO — First, area almond farmers were plagued by water shortages and drought. Now more water than anyone has seen in decades threatens to hamper the 2017 crop. “I think…

Fiscalini Farms turns methane into electricity

Fiscalini Farms turns methane into electricity

MODESTO — Just as dairy operations are getting pressure to reduce their carbon footprint, two Modesto-area dairy businesses are receiving recognition for environmental innovation. The Environmental Protection Agency gave Crystal…

Agriculture concerned about Trump’s TPP withdrawal

Agriculture concerned about Trump’s TPP withdrawal

MODESTO — President Trump signed an executive order Monday to end U.S. participation in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal including 12 countries that border the Pacific Ocean.…

Almond industry to promote innovation

Almond industry to promote innovation

SACRAMENTO — Increased rain and an expected boost in productivity have the almond industry’s biggest advocates feeling good about the next few years. In fact, the Almond Board of California…

Farmers sought for organic study

DAVIS — University of California scientists are looking for certified organic growers to participate in a multistate soil and food-safety study.  The data they gather will help them develop national…

Dropping crop prices hurting Central Valley land values

FRESNO — The decline in nut prices is also hurting land values in the Central Valley according to a new report by the Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory unit…

Area pair to take part in California Agricultural Leadership Program

SALINAS — Brad Koehn, of Turlock, and Hunter Lindemann, of Gustine, were the two local entrants among 24 statewide individuals to be inaugurated for Class 47 of the California Agricultural…

Agricultural gross values drop in San Joaquin County

STOCKTON — Gross values of San Joaquin County’s agricultural production was down 15.51 percent in 2015 from one year earlier according to the Annual Report of Agricultural Production in San…

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