State officials Wednesday adopted emergency regulations to streamline enforcement of water-rights curtailments during the drought. But the State Water Resources Control Board agreed to exempt senior water rights from the new rules.

Abandoning the farm that he had worked for three decades, and that his wife’s family had owned for over a century, was never an option for Dan Port.

A proposal to the California Air Resources Board, up for approval in September, would allow Sacramento Valley rice farmers to sell carbon emission offsets as part of the state’s effort to combat climate change. Rice farmers would flood their fields for shorter periods to reduce the decomposition process that emits methane – a potent greenhouse gas.

On most mornings, Katie Fyhrie, 25 and Emma Torbert, 35 meet at dawn at their Davis fruit farm.

A proposal that federal officials said was intended to simplify federal water laws has instead been interpreted to do the opposite – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scrambling to defend itself to agriculture and other industries.

The gross value of Yuba County’s agricultural production for 2013 set another record at nearly $235 million, a gain of almost 9 percent over the previous year, according to a new report released by Louie Mendoza, the county’s agricultural commissioner.

As the State Fair began last week, 18 Elk Grove High School students showed off sheep and other animals they spent the past year raising in one of the area’s largest agriculture education programs.



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