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San Joaquin County 2007 Ag production value tops $2 billion for first time

The gross value of agricultural production for 2007 in San Joaquin County hit an all-time high value of $2,005,793,000, a 19 percent increase over the $1,684,850,000 from 2006 according to…

Commodity prices soar, corn main cause

A variety of factors have combined to push food prices higher but perhaps the primary cause of the increase is a millennia old staple: corn. Corn is used as feed…

If canal drains Delta, what will we lose?

If the state government-backed peripheral canal or a dual conveyance system is dug through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and fresh water is piped around the estuary to…

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…