Glenn County farmer Darrin Eden, standing next to his straw baler, is baling rice straw at a higher moisture level, when the byproduct is still green.
Photos/Ching Lee
Baling rice straw at a higher moisture level, when the byproduct is still green.
Photos/Ching Lee
More California rice farmers are expected to bale their rice straw this fall because many fields won’t have water available to help them decompose the straw after harvest.
Photo/Ching Lee
Drought prompts experiments with rice straw
Typically considered an inexpensive, low-quality livestock feed, rice straw is getting special treatment this year, as more growers experiment with new ways of baling it to try to retain more of its nutritional quality. Read more...

Farm groups will monitor new laws on groundwater
With a package of new statewide groundwater laws due to take effect Jan. 1, agricultural and water organizations say they will closely monitor their implementation. Read more...

Wildfire recovery efforts often lead to court battles
As heroic wildfire fights persist across the state, recovery from last year's catastrophic forest fires continues—and the fight to restore watersheds, landscapes, lost homes and livelihoods affected by the 2013 Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest has now shifted to the courtroom. Read more...

CFBF president's message: Farm Bureau will be actively engaged as new groundwater laws take effect
The groundwater bills that passed in the final hours of the two-year legislative session have now been signed into law by Gov. Brown (see story). For a few weeks, the deliberations around Assembly Bill 1739 and Senate Bills 1168 and 1319 became the focus of our entire state, as we dealt with a severe drought year on the heels of two below-normal rainfall years. Read more...

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