Madera County nut grower Larry Lowder stands in his farm’s newly planted orchard of drought-tolerant pistachio trees. Lowder says his almond yields declined about 10 percent this year but his pistachios performed well, and he remains optimistic about the future despite the drought.
Photo/Christine Souza
Fernando Huerta, a longtime crew leader at Larry Lowder’s farm in Madera, prunes almond trees as part of his postharvest responsibilities.
Photo/Christine Souza
Nut yields may be reduced by drought
Enduring a drought that has lasted several years, growers of California's primary nut crops—almonds, walnuts and pistachios—are finishing this year's harvest and planning for what Mother Nature may or may not bring in the coming year. Read more...

Groundwater: Local entities start to discuss implementation
With new state groundwater legislation due to take effect on Jan. 1, a number of counties and local water agencies are already sitting down with political leaders and stakeholders to lay the groundwork needed to create local groundwater-management structures. Read more...

Commentary: ‘AG’ trucks may still be registered under truck rule
I have warned before that this is the last time you can register an "AG" truck with the California Air Resources Board, in order to be in compliance with the state truck and bus rule. But CARB has opened its door again, for what I believe really is the last time. If you never previously registered your diesel truck with CARB, you can now do so until Jan. 31, 2015. Read more...

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