6/13/2011 Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Growers say the weather could reduce the amount of wine produced in California but the overall quality should remain good. Vintners are hoping for a warm fall because some grapes may not mature until late October or November.

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Thousands of farmers may have to monitor and clean up polluted groundwater.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board is extending temporary surface water rules while it works on drafting permanent regulations. It's working on classifying farmland based on contamination risk. Farms considered most likely to pollute groundwater would have to take steps to reduce agricultural runoff.

Farmers oppose the regulations, saying they will be expensive and bureaucratic.

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