Fire is tearing through a region that produces some of the world’s priciest wines. The Atlas, Tubbs and other devastating wildfires roaring through parts of Northern California have taken aim at the world-renowned vineyards and wineries of Napa and Sonoma counties, thrusting a multibillion-dollar industry into chaos.
Last winter’s heavy rains were a welcome relief for Central Valley farmers after years of drought. But the high water that came with them also made it clear that we must upgrade the flood control system designed to protect people, farms and cities from catastrophic flooding.
The owners of Don Pedro Reservoir made their pitch Tuesday for how it can serve both people and Tuolumne River fish over the next half-century. The boards of the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts each voted 5-0 at separate meetings to submit their final application for a new federal license for the project.
The Northern California wildfires this week have destroyed at least seven marijuana farms just months before the state begins licensing legal sales of cannabis, making it the “worst year on record” for loss of crops, an industry leader said Tuesday.
A dull red sun rose over the Signorello Estate in Napa Valley on Tuesday, casting pale shadows over the stone building now reduced to smoldering rubble. A downed oak tree, its interior still burning with hot, red flames, lay over several rows of vines, their purple fruit coated in ash.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board voted to pay for about a quarter of the tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17.1 billion effort to re-engineer the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and improve water deliveries to south state cities and farms.
The presence of non-psychoactive, hemp-derived cannabinoid oils, pills, lotions, dog treats and more is growing since the Agricultural Act of 2014 was signed into law. … The Farm Bill paved the way for companies like Quantum CBD H2O, which just opened up its West Coast distribution office in South Lake Tahoe, to start producing its CBD bottled water.
It’s a crisp September night at Clockspring Vineyards in Plymouth, in the Shenandoah Valley region of Amador County. Tension is in the air. Owners Kathy and Frank Alviso are about to witness a machine harvest of organic Zinfandel grapes in their vineyard.
As massive fires continued to burn in the epicenter of the U.S. wine industry Monday, Napa and Sonoma vintners braced to confront the long-term consequences of a disastrous event that could affect the supply of grapes, the quality of the region’s wines and the local tourism industries for years to come.
After the Obama administration helped broker a deal last year to tear down four dams straddling the California-Oregon border, practically everyone involved figured President Donald Trump would undermine it. They assumed Trump would side with conservative activists and Republican congressmen who thwarted an earlier version of the same agreement in 2015.
In California, water is a public trust resource, meaning it belongs to the people of the state. … While it could be argued that food grown in California for Californians is a beneficial use of our water, it’s harder to make that case for crops exported overseas for the benefit of a few farmers – often corporations – at the expense of other water needs.
Local farmers once again have teamed up with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to offer free swan tours to the public. Exploring privately owned rice fields and restored habitat just north of town [Marysville], the tours are held on Saturdays and run November through mid-January.
DWR has released a legislative report on the agricultural water management plans submitted in 2015. The report provides details on efficient water management practices implementation. There is also information on the submitted plans and recommendations for improvements.
A newly signed pact between Mexico and the United States is believed to be the first time that two nations have agreed to allocate part of a shared water resource to the environment. Farmers and cities in both countries will reap benefits from Minute 323, an update to an existing agreement that seeks to sustainably manage the water of the overburdened Colorado River basin.
Because of Arizona’s ongoing drought challenges and a continuous surge in population growth, our [Colorado River Indian Tribes] Tribal Council has been in discussions with water agencies, water managers and water users in Arizona about the drought, how we might provide leased water to benefit the people in Arizona — including in the Tucson area — and at the same time create economic sustainability for our people.
For one day only, Sunday, Oct. 8, there is an opportunity to explore 10 local farms — all within a few miles of each other. The free Open Farm Tours, in its fourth year, includes farm-hosted special activities.