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Help sought for California farms impacted by illegal dumping

Illegal dumping on private lands in rural communities is an issue that has plagued farmers and ranchers for many years. Old mattresses, sofas, appliances, tires and household garbage are routinely discarded along roadways, causing an... more »

Klamath Basin farmers facing water cuts in California

Food production along the California-Oregon border will likely be significantly curtailed after the federal government announced April 11 that it intends to allocate 50,000 acre-feet of water to Klamath Basin irrigators in California this year.... more »

FIRA launches US edition in Fresno, California

World FIRA, the leading event in ag robotics, will launch FIRA USA in Fresno, California, Oct. 18-20, to provide autonomous systems and robots to California and North American growers. Jointly organized by the Global Organization... more »

Drip irrigation in arid regions can cut greenhouse gas emissions

Under the blistering sun of Southern California's Imperial Valley, it's not surprising that subsurface drip irrigation is more effective and efficient than furrow (or flood) irrigation, a practice in which up to 50% of water... more »

Top state scientist to lead California Bountiful Foundation

Amrith Gunasekara, manager of environmental programs for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has been hired to head a research foundation conducting and supporting scientific studies on critical matters affecting California farm communities. [caption... more »

Judge halts curtailment for Siskiyou County, California, irrigators

Irrigators in Siskiyou County have won a court ruling to temporarily block a state water curtailment order that would have prevented area farmers and ranchers from tapping into percolating groundwater supplies they have relied on... more »

California farmers’ markets receive state grants for healthy foods

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP) has selected seven projects to receive $750,000 in total grant awards to facilitate the purchase of California-grown fruit and vegetables at participating farmers’... more »

Funds allocated for repairs to Friant-Kern Canal

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) allocated nearly $30 million this month to repair segments of the Friant-Kern Canal, which delivers water to 1 million acres of farmland from Fresno to Bakersfield. “Through this... more »

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