Agriculture

California farmers propose voluntary cuts 


(AP) — Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.

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Valley ag retailer receives top honor for safety and philanthropy

GAR Tootelian, Inc. has been selected by a national magazine as the Western Regional winner of the coveted Environmental Respect Award and will compete for the North American title in July.

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S&W Seed Co. record quarterly revenue up 276 percent

Fresno's S&W Seed Co., global supplier of alfalfa seed, is on track to report record revenue this year.Fresno-based S&W Seed Co. — publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SANW — announced record quarterly revenue of $30.5 million, up 276 percent from last year.

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Report: Milk means $21B to California's gross state product

California's dairy industry sold about $9.4 billion worth of milk and contributed about $21 billion to the gross state product last year, according to a new study from the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.

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US gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

(AP) — A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday.

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Report: State almond acreage up 5 percent in 2014

Last year, the state had an estimated 1.02 million acres of almonds, up 5 percent from the 2013 acreage level, according to a new report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Ag industry ripe for tech disruption

From left: Eduardo Garcia, crop adviser with California Coast Crop Consulting; Robert Sisson, retired programmer with IBM in Sacramento; Michelle Sisson, affiliate with Tufts University and Robert’s daughter, Joy Cowden, instructional design specialist with West Hills College Coalinga, were part of a team at the Coalinga hackathon event.As California struggles with its fifth consecutive year of drought, technology innovators say the agricultural industry is ripe for disruption.

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AP NewsBreak: California cuts habitat fix for Delta project

(AP) — California officials have dramatically scaled back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people.

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US announces plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions 


(AP) — Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval.

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Nursery under scrutiny over mystery pistachio ailment

The pistachio industry is concerned about a mystery ailment affecting young trees propagated as clones by Duarte Nursery near Modsto.Scientists say bacteria found its way into clonal-propagated pistachio tree rootstock from Duarte Nursery, one of the largest tree nurseries in California.

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