From an aerial view the Central Valley looks like a quilt. Each row of that quilt is stitched by local farmers who carefully tend to their rows of crops, which are commonly almonds in this area. California produces more than 80 percent of the world's almonds much of which can be traced to Blue Diamond, one of the nation's largest cooperatives.
Two years ago TV personality Jimmy Kimmel created a viral internet sensation through his YouTube challenge that asked parents to take away their children's Halloween candy and tape the children's reactions leaving some mad, some sad, and some downright confused. Fortunately this year, children have the opportunity to avoid the "trick" and instead "treat" our troops abroad to some of the Halloween fun by donating their excess candy.
The California Dairy Campaign's request to raise cheese milk prices and whey factor values was denied Tuesday by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which opted instead to grant an extension on the temporary price relief.
A large biomass fire near Tracy has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for the northern counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced, particularly the communities of Lathrop, Manteca and Modesto. The caution is in place until the fire is extinguished.