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Stories related to: agriculture

Jason Rogers

Food and Sustainability

Most Calif. Farmers Say They Don’t Have Enough Workers To Pick Crops

October 18, 2017 | Rich Ibarra

The California Farm Bureau conducted the survey which showed 70 percent of farmers experienced labor shortages. Yet many farmers in the survey say they have increased wages, benefits, and more year-round jobs.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

How The Mechanical Tomato Harvester Changed California

October 11, 2017

Do you like ketchup? The Cal Ag Roots podcast hosts share the history of the mechanical tomato harvester that changed the course of California agriculture. The podcast will be staged live at the Imagining America conference at UC Davis on Friday.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Food and Sustainability

As Labor Scarcity Grows, High-End Vineyards Embrace Machine Harvest

October 9, 2017 | Julia Mitric

Field labor is in short supply in California. While many of the state’s high-end wine grape growers still rely on the tradition of hand-picking, others are integrating machines into the vineyards and they say it may yield better quality grapes.

Gary Kazanjian / File Photo / AP

Food and Sustainability

Sacramento County Sets Record For Agricultural Production

September 27, 2017 | Drew Sandsor

Sacramento County set a new record for overall agricultural output last year, helped by a dramatic increase in the price of wine grapes.

Paul Fortunato / UC Davis

Environment

How To Cool Your Cow: Researchers Test New Methods To Protect Cows From Heat

September 7, 2017 | Sally Schilling

Traditional methods to cool cows use 11,000 gallons of water per cow per year. UC Davis researchers are trying out new techniques that use less resources.

Julia Mitric / Capital Public Radio

Annual Crop Report Shows Agriculture Production Down In San Joaquin County

August 23, 2017 | Rich Ibarra

San Joaquin County's Agriculture production took another plunge for the second year in a row, according to the 2016 Annual Crop Report.

Julia Mitric / Capital Public Radio

Food and Sustainability

As Wine Grape Harvest Begins, Calif. Growers Face Ongoing Farmworker Shortage

August 15, 2017 | Julia Mitric

As California's wine grape harvest gets underway, the majority of it will be done by machine. But even as growers face ongoing labor shortages, mechanization isn't a cure-all for growers in every region.

Environment

California Farmer To Pay $1.1 Million Fine For Plowing Field

August 15, 2017 | Amy Quinton

A California farmer has agreed to pay a $1.1 million fine for plowing a field in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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