Ag Today December 15, 2017
Six Merced County dairies robbed overnight. Suspects sought.
BY ROB PARSONS
DECEMBER 14, 2017 11:07 AM -UPDATED DECEMBER 14, 2017 11:11 AM
Two men robbed six rural dairies in Merced County early Thursday, assaulting several employees, but making off with very little in the way of money and property, the Sheriff's Office reported.
All six robberies were reported between 2 and 3 a.m. Thursday, deputies said in a news release.
"The suspects entered the milking barns at the dairies and demanded that workers hand over their personal property," deputies said. "There were threats by the suspects that they were armed. The suspects also physically assaulted...
Ag Today December 14, 2017
As the Thomas fire burned closer, he worked to save a cherished Carpinteria ranch
By Ruben Vives Los Angeles Times
For Arnulfo Basave, life on a Carpinteria ranch filled with avocado and fruit trees has been sweet….But this week, Basave feared the Thomas fire would claim the place that has meant so much to him. He did everything he could to save it….Basave evacuated the ranch on Dec. 6 but kept returning to take care of the property. He spent most of the last week watering trees, and spraying his trailer home and the home of the ranch owners, who were vacationing...
Ag Today December 13, 2017
Dry weather continues in California. Time to start worrying about another drought?
BY DALE KASLER AND RYAN SABALOW
DECEMBER 12, 2017 01:13 PM/UPDATED DECEMBER 12, 2017 07:05 PM
December has been bone dry in California, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much wetter by the time the 2018 rolls around.
Precipitation levels in Sacramento and most major California cities are below average for this time of year. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is just 37 percent of normal. The U.S. Drought Monitor says about one-third of California is either facing moderate drought conditions or is abnormally dry, with all of the dry...
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