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Drought spurs early wine grape harvest

Drought spurs early wine grape harvest

LODI — The wine grape harvest was well under way in the Central Valley by early September. Ten years ago, harvest never began until nearly October. “Ten to 15 years…

Stanislaus County farm income dropped 12 percent in 2015

Stanislaus County farm income dropped 12 percent in 2015

MODESTO — Reduced prices for milk and nuts were the largest drivers in a 12 percent drop in gross income for Stanislaus County farmers in 2015 according to the county…

Why going organic is a slow transition for Valley farmers

Why going organic is a slow transition for Valley farmers

MODESTO — Organic farming was once seen as a fringe market, and many producers questioned its long term viability. That view has turned around completely in the last decade. “We…

Governor signs farm worker overtime bill

Governor signs farm worker overtime bill

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed AB 1066 which changes the way farm workers are paid overtime. The new law will begin phasing in at the beginning of…

Drought’s impact less severe this year, UC Davis report says

Drought’s impact less severe this year, UC Davis report says

DAVIS — California still faces drought conditions, but the impact on agriculture this year is less severe than it was the previous two years, according to the annual report from…

Coalition of Delta counties favor auditing twin tunnels project

Coalition of Delta counties favor auditing twin tunnels project

SACRAMENTO — The Delta Counties Coalition (DCC) continued to voice its support, Tuesday, of a request to evaluate state spending on the Governor’s proposed twin tunnels. The multi-billion dollar project…

Ag Hall of Fame accepting new crop of nominations

STOCKTON — The San Joaquin County Agricultural Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the its 32nd year. Each year, the Hall honors at least three individuals who have contributed…

Almond production forecast at 2.05 billion pounds

The USDA has increased its almond production forecast to 2.05 billion meat pounds, up from its May estimate by 2.5 percent. If the forecast pans out, it would surpass 2011’s…

California walnut yields continue to set records

California’s walnut farmers continue to produce bumper crops as the industry expects the 2015 crop to reach a record-high 602,000 short tons when the accounting is done later this summer.…

Landfill company creates organic garden

Landfill company creates organic garden

By BOB BALGEMANN Business Journal writer STOCKTON – People taking a drive along Arch Road, off SR 99, will find they have escaped urban clutter and are in the midst…