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Flooding Waters Down the Bottom Line on Monterey County Agriculture


Unofficial estimates that some 20,000 acres of local farmland flooded in recent storms threaten a costly road to recovery up ahead.

Berry Farmers Fear Massive Losses From Pajaro Flood


Food safety rules require that soil and irrigation systems be inspected and tested for pathogens after the floodwaters recede.

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Monterey County agriculture hit with damage "greater than January storms," officials say.

The series of storms now hitting Monterey County are expected to impact the county’s agriculture sector even greater than January’s storms, officials said at a press conference Monday, March 13.

Image caption: DWR’s report on groundwater sustainability plans was illustrated with this photograph of a wheat field irrigated by groundwater in the southern San Joaquin Valley.
DWR Flushes Six Groundwater Plans

The San Joaquin Valley plans, serving low-income Latino communities, were deemed inadequate for preventing dry wells and sinking land.

Image caption: Fresh and dried fruit, wine, nuts and more can be found at Casa De Fruta, a venerable stop for drivers traversing Pacheco Pass.
Roadside Attractions

California is the top agricultural producer in the U.S., and a top beneficiary of visitor spending. So naturally, we’ve got fun, food-driven tourist magnets.

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Salinas City Elementary comes under fire for change to migrant ed program.

In February, Salinas City Elementary School District announced it would eliminate several positions. On the layoff list was a position that alarmed many parents: the person in charge of recruiting students for the Migrant Education Program, a federal program that…

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Monterey County farmers estimate $336M in losses from recent storms

SALINAS VALLEY — A flood damage survey on Monterey County agriculture shows $336 million in estimated losses from January’s storms, with the costliest impacts in South Monterey County. Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has released the initial results of the …

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County’s latest seawater intrusion maps reveal an intractable problem that’s getting worse.

In the story of the lower Salinas Valley’s groundwater – which is the sole source of water for agriculture and residents – history repeats itself: groundwater levels continue to get lower, and seawater intrusion in that water continues its inexorable…

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On the frontlines of pesticide exposure

Editor’s note:  This story is the first of “Adrift,” a three-part series by Environmental Health News, and palabra, a multimedia platform of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, on pesticide use in California that finds rural communities of color and …

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Enrichment program teaches hundreds of South Monterey County youth about farming

KING CITY — Hundreds of third-graders recently roamed the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City to learn about agriculture during the annual South County Farm Day. Students from Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield and King City schools attended the free educational enrichment …

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As floodwaters recede, the agriculture sector is taking stock of the damage – and how much it will cost.

Surveying the flood damage at his family’s farm outside of Castroville, Mike Scattini is relieved things weren’t any worse. The Scattinis have farmed their land near the Salinas River Lagoon for more than 100 years and have seen their share…

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Seaside wants to bring back a farmers market. The hope is that this time it sticks.

The city of Seaside has had two farmers markets in the past few decades, but neither of them stuck. Perhaps the third time will be a charm.


Dairy products are California’s top agricultural commodity, but the industry is often criticized for its impact on the environment.
Sustainable Sustenance
Greener ways to feed the world’s growing population
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