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Food producers and other businesses leaving California

California’s food producers exist in a regulatory and unfriendly business environment so troublesome that many companies are leaving the state to apply their trade elsewhere. “The environment is unfriendly in…

Farm Bill Funding for Asparagus Research and Marketing to help San Joaquin

At last, after nearly a decade of effort to have asparagus included as part of the Farm Bill, Congress has approved a new Farm Bill that provides $15 million to…

Composting program turns trash into treasure

If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. So, what do you do with green waste? If you live in Modesto, you make compost! In 2007, Modesto’s composting program helped…

Farmers keep Central Valley green and clean

Central Valley farmers are putting cultural practices to work in their fields, orchards and dairies to preserve and enhance the environment in which they work and live. “’We are green,”…

Peripheral canal inevitable? No, say water experts

Diverting fresh Sacramento River water from entering the Delta using a peripheral canal has emerged as the primary solution to “solving” the problems plaguing the troubled estuary. Gov. Schwarzenegger has…

Problems with Diamond Walnut’s conversion from cooperative to stockholder-owned corporation continue to rock company

A frustrated group of Diamond Foods walnut growers has filed a lawsuit claiming Diamond Foods, Inc. significantly underpaid them and other growers for their crops. In a class-action complaint, the…

Rural crime continues, metal theft still the leader

Like an expensive itch that won’t go away, rural crime continues with metal theft still Number One followed by a variety of criminal activities that plague farmers, rural residents and…

Bill and Lynn Cook strike deal to preserve ranch as agland forever

Bill and Lynn Cook saw development spreading toward their ranch, the W.F. Cook Cattle Co. near Farmington, and they decided to take a stand by selling the ranch to convert…