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Faced with saving crops or friendships, Roger Smith chose crops. Home water wells owned by several neighbors went dry after the farmer drilled a huge agricultural well to keep alive the corn and alfalfa that feed his dairy cows.
Help save farmland for just $10 a week. Washington, D.C.-based American Farmland Trust is urging people to pledge to spend at least that much at local farmers markets to help farmers boost their income.
The big heat so far has not done much harm to the people who work Modesto-area farms, nor to the crops and livestock.
The federal government Monday trimmed its estimate of the 2013 almond crop in California by 7.5 percent. The crop is now expected to be about 1.85 billion pounds.
The state's top agricultural official thinks the dairy industry needs to move beyond the "antiquated" system for setting minimum milk prices in California.
The folks at Barefoot Wine & Bubbly aren't big on formalities. The same goes for Barefoot Refresh, the latest release by a top-selling brand that has been owned by E.&J. Gallo Winery of Modesto since 2005.
Six dairy farmers in the San Joaquin Valley delayed harvesting some of their feed crops this spring so blackbirds could nest in the fields. The farms in Tulare and Kern counties are part of an effort to protect the tricolored blackbird.
If your sister asks for water, how do you say no? That could explain why the Modesto Irrigation District board agreed Tuesday to sell water to the Turlock Irrigation District to help it through this dry year
The Turlock Irrigation District got the OK on Tuesday to buy water this year from the Modesto Irrigation District, its neighbor across the Tuolumne River.
Dissident California raisin farmers harvested a Supreme Court win Monday, easing future legal challenges to the decades-old program that regulates the raisin marketplace.
Fears of a potential farm labor shortage have caused San Joaquin Valley growers to boost wages to as much as $10 an hour this year to attract and keep workers for the harvest season.
People in agribusiness can learn about exports at free seminars around the San Joaquin Valley next week.
The 50th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship will take place June 15 in Montgomery, Ala., with a $5,000 first prize at stake. Two of the 32 entrants are from our area Chuck Cozzitorto of Hilmar and Garrett Jones of Los Banos. The competition tests professional auctioneers on vocal clarity, bid-catching ability and other traits.
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Morada Produce on Jack Tone Road in Stockton is in full swing processing this year's cherry crop. The company gets fruit from Bakersfield all the way north to Stockton.