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By Vicky Boyd

Craig Ledbetter said he wasn't overly surprised by the overwhelming amount of supplies donated by San Joaquin County agriculture – and particularly the area's winegrape industry – for North Coast fire victims. After all, most people in the California wine industry know each other through business dealings or from meeting at the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento. And they want to help out colleagues.

A mechanical harvester began picking wine grapes in a vineyard near Lodi. Photo by Vicky Boyd.

By Craig W. Anderson

The end of the 2017 harvest is almost here and while some acreage remains to be harvested, the conclusion of another growing season means the San Joaquin Farm Bureau News is there to get the latest, up-to-date information on what's happening in the fields, orchards and pastures. The year featured a wet, soggy, rainy winter followed by a summer and fall with record-setting temperatures, all of which brought various challenges to San Joaquin County growers.

By Vicky Boyd

For about two hours, San Joaquin Farm Bureau board members peppered two Army Corps of Engineer managers from Sacramento with questions about how they determine wetlands and enforce the Clean Water Act.

By Craig W. Anderson

The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District recently received the good news that grants totaling $6 million will allow farmers east of Lodi to use Mokelumne River water that's been unavailable even during the drought. The grant dollars will also help repair and replace an aging infrastructure.

By Craig W. Anderson

While the Trump administration is beginning the process of changing the federal Waters of the United States rule – WOTUS – California's State Water Resources Control Board is assertively proposing a new wetland definition and new procedures for "waters of the state."