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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…

Ripon almond group to change name to better reflect its focus

Ripon almond group to change name to better reflect its focus

The Ripon-based Almond Hullers and Processors Association will soon become the Almond Alliance of California. The group says the name change better reflects the organization’s efforts to help the almond…

Proposed Monsanto merger could have big impact on agriculture

Proposed Monsanto merger could have big impact on agriculture

FRANKFURT, Germany — Agricultural businesses may have to deal with a new company when buying their seeds. Bayer has offered a $62 billion deal to buy Monsanto which would create…

California water department approves groundwater guidelines

SACRAMENTO —The California Water Commission approved Department of Water Resources regulations that will guide local groundwater sustainability agency management and regulation of California’s groundwater basins on Wednesday. The approved emergency regulations…

New system speeds up cherry processing at Linden company

New system speeds up cherry processing at Linden company

LINDEN — UNITEC has developed a system that allows both red and rainier cherries to be processed faster at the Morada Produce Company. The new technology allows both kinds of…

Port profits from organic corn import boom

Port profits from organic corn import boom

By BOB BALGEMANN Business Journal writer STOCKTON —  One indication of the growing popularity of organic food can be seen at the Port of Stockton, which took in 31,569 metric…

California forecast to produce 2 billion pounds of almonds

California forecast to produce 2 billion pounds of almonds

California’s almond industry is expected to produce 2 billion pounds of nuts this year, according to the just-released forecast from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Formally called the NASS initial…

5 things you need to know about Turlock Certified Farmers Market’s opening day

5 things you need to know about Turlock Certified Farmers Market’s opening day

TURLOCK — Saturday is opening day of farmers market season in Turlock. The city now has two farmers markets where local farmers and artisans are showcased. Here’s what you need…

How the almond industry, beekeepers are working to promote healthy hives

How the almond industry, beekeepers are working to promote healthy hives

MODESTO — The Almond Board of California, almond growers and beekeepers have joined forces hoping to solve honey bee losses suffered during almond bloom in recent years. With an estimated…