Yolo County farmer Ryan Payne says he considers pistachios a good crop for the Sacramento Valley, because they provide crop diversification and because they can tolerate boron,which is found soil and water in parts of the county.
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Employees harvest Golden Hills-variety pistachios at Payne Farms in Yolo County. The county agricultural commissioner reported 10,800 total acres of pistachios growing in the county in 2019.
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Sacramento Valley rises as pistachio production region
A shift has taken place with the state's pistachio plantings: New acreage has been popping up in the Sacramento Valley counties of Yolo, Sacramento, Solano and Colusa—hundreds of miles north of the main growing area in the southern San Joaquin Valley. Read more...

Smoke, ash affect crops, livestock in wildfires’ wake
As farmers and ranchers directly hit by wildfires continue to assess property damage and losses, smoke and ash from blazes burning throughout the West have created their own problems and concerns. Read more...

Signups begin for second round of pandemic aid
Applications have opened for a new, restructured federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program that features different categories of aid and expands to include several key California-grown crops that had not been included in the program's original list of eligible commodities. Read more...

Commentary: Now is the time to speak out against Proposition 15
With all the forces affecting California farms and ranches this year—drought, wildfire, pandemic, trade disputes—could your operation absorb a tax increase? Of course not. That's why we need you to defeat Proposition 15 on the November ballot. Read more...

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