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California Rice Commission
New- Drought may dry up small town economies

Reduced crops because of drought could have a major impact in the rural communities in the Sacramento Valley.

The Sacramento Bee
Few farmers immune to impact of epic California drought

Few farmers immune to impact of epic California drought

When spring arrives, the Central Valley farm fields owned by Harris Ranch normally come to life with tomatoes, lettuce and watermelons. This year, much of the land has been left dry and bare.


“You’re used to going around, seeing everything green,” said Harris executive William Bourdeau, surveying an idled brown...

The Sacramento Bee
Citing California drought, Garamendi and LaMalfa push Sites Reservoir bill

Citing California drought, Garamendi and LaMalfa push Sites Reservoir bill

MAXWELL In a rare moment of unity for two ideological antagonists, Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, on Wednesday unveiled legislation to build a new large-scale reservoir in Northern California. In a...

Foothill Agrarian
After Work and Before Dinner

Mar 19, 2014

Having an off-farm job and taking care of lambing ewes can present time-management challenges.  Sometimes things are crazy; sometimes (like tonight) being a part-time shepherd seems to work out!After work tonight, I needed to move the sheep, which...

Capitol Alert
VIDEO: Jerry Brown talks drought at agriculture event

Mar 19, 2014
VIDEO: Jerry Brown talks drought at agriculture event

Gov. Jerry Brown touched on California's worsening water shortage Wednesday in brief remarks to representatives from the state's agriculture community. "We're doing everything we can to respond to the drought," Brown said outside the state Capitol a...

California Rice Commission
New- Major push underway to improve California Water Storage

Congressmen LaMalfa and Garamendi launch an effort to get the Sites Reservoir built in Colusa County. This reservoir would provide a huge increase in California's water storage.View comment from Congressman Doug LaMalfaView comment from Congressman Joh...

The Sacramento Bee
California farms to get some drought relief

California farms to get some drought relief

California and federal water officials say runoff from February storms means they can send some Delta water to farms, reversing an earlier situation in which diversions were limited to urban purposes. Farmer Tom Muller examines a drip irrigation l...

California Rice Commission
New Grower Blog- Groundwater may partly mitigate drought impacts

Farmer Dennis Lindberg comments on how wells may help during the drought.

Foothill Agrarian
What California agriculture can learn from the Dust Bowl

Mar 16, 2014

In late January, I attended the 9th annual California Rangeland Conservation Coalition summit in Oakdale.  The Coalition, which includes ranchers, environmentalists, agency staff and academics, was formed out of recognition of our common interest in conserving California rangelands for their ecological and economic values.  This unlikely combination of folks has actually agreed that ranching...

California Rice Commission
New- Drought concerns in the Sacramento Valley

General Manager Thaddeus Bettner of the Glenn Colusa Irrigation District comments on what the drought could mean for farms, communities and wildlife.