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California Farmers Pray for Rain, Prepare for Continued Drought

California Farmers Pray for Rain, Prepare for Continued Drought

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmers at the annual fundraiser for The Center for Land-Based Learning say they’re doing OK this year, with a bit of strategic tinkering and water-wise practices. But if the drought drags on into another year, they except to hurt, a lot.

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Locavore Losses: California’s Chefs, Artisans Feel the Drought

Locavore Losses: California’s Chefs, Artisans Feel the Drought

| October 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bay Area restaurants and food artisans are feeling the direct effect of the drought’s impact on local farmers, crops and produce.

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California Quake Means Big Damage For Napa Valley Wineries

California Quake Means Big Damage For Napa Valley Wineries

| August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s still too early to tell just how much the magnitude-6.0 quake will cost the region, but it comes after a drought had already made things difficult for wineries.

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California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

| August 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.

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10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

As California faces a historic drought, many farmers are relying on groundwater reserves to carry them through the dry season. Pumping groundwater is currently unregulated in California (that could soon change), and drawing on reserves now could cause shortages in the future. Sustainability-minded farmers are looking ahead and using an arsenal of methods to conserve water. Here are just a few.

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California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

California Farmers Ask: Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Some Water?

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Water is scarce in California, and prices are all over the map. Some farmers are paying almost 100 times more than others. Should water flow to the highest bidder?

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California’s Drought Isn’t Making Food Cost More. Here’s Why

California’s Drought Isn’t Making Food Cost More. Here’s Why

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

California produces most of America’s vegetables and nuts. Yet there’s little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S., because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.

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Fighting Bugs with Bugs: Hatching a Solution for Troubled Trees

Fighting Bugs with Bugs: Hatching a Solution for Troubled Trees

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Asian citrus psyllid is a tiny bug that spreads a devastating tree disease. Pesticides can’t always control it, so California farmers have turned to a different solution: another bug.

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Light California Cherry Season Thanks to Warm Winter – Expect Higher Prices

Light California Cherry Season Thanks to Warm Winter – Expect Higher Prices

| May 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

California usually delivers the nation’s early season cherries, but with yields down around a third of what they usually are, you can expect to pay a whole lot more at the market.

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Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they’ll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.

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Truckin': Salmon Take A Long, Strange Trip To The Pacific Ocean

Truckin': Salmon Take A Long, Strange Trip To The Pacific Ocean

| March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

California’s severe drought has left rivers so dry that young salmon can’t make their usual migration. To save the fish and the industry, the state is giving millions of salmon a lift.

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Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers’ Expansion Plans

Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers’ Expansion Plans

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Severe drought has left northern Nevada’s farmers scrambling to find enough feed for the cows they already have. It comes as farmers are under pressure to expand to provide powdered milk to China.

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California Brewers Fear Drought Could Leave Bad Taste in Your Beer

California Brewers Fear Drought Could Leave Bad Taste in Your Beer

| February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Several brewers near Petaluma make beer with Russian River water, which officials say could run out by summer. That could force some to use well water heavy in minerals that might affect beer flavor.

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California Toasts 2013’s Record Wine Grape Harvest

California Toasts 2013’s Record Wine Grape Harvest

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finally there’s some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state’s reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.

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