Fresno County farmer Troy Spencel, who operates Single Palm Pumpkin Farm, says he plans to close the pumpkin patch at the end of this season, in part because of his uncertain future water supply.
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To save water, Single Palm Pumpkin Farm in Fresno County did not plant its traditional corn maze and instead put up a child-sized wooden maze made of plywood.
Photo/Cecilia Parsons
Fall displays like this are prominent on the farm.
Photo/Cecilia Parsons
Agritourism operations deal with lack of water
October may be the start of a new water year, but it's the culmination of the season for many California farms that offer pumpkin patches, harvest festivals and other agritourism activities—and impacts of the drought are evident. Read more...

Water board will ease curtailments during storms
Since water curtailment notices went out to junior water-right holders around California this spring, one question has been on the minds of affected farmers and ranchers: How and when will the curtailments be lifted? Farmers and ranchers have seen water supplies cut because of severe drought and want to know how soon the curtailments might end, once rain and snow return. Read more...

CFBF president's message: It’s all about choice and yours will be important
It's that time of the season again. Many of us are focused on our harvest, which is in full swing—while for others, harvest is done and attention is now focused on a few days' rest, or putting equipment away and getting ready to start laying the foundation for next year's crop. While we are busy or otherwise distracted with the day-to-day management we undertake, it can be easy to overlook a biennial election that can have an even greater or longer impact on our farms and ranches. Read more...

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