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  • Sep 16, 2016
    blog

    Organic movement is paying a big price 3

    I confess. I bought organic. I really had no choice if I wanted to buy raisins at Costco. Organic Sun-Maid raisins are the only raisins the biggest big box store sells in Fresno, Calif. They were smaller and less plump than raisins grown “non-organic” but cheap. Farmers are entitled to produce certified organic, although it can be more expensive and the quality is generally lower....More
  • Irrigation water is important to California's economy
    Sep 13, 2016
    Commentary

    When agriculture succeeds we all prosper

    Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner Les Wright likes to point out that his county’s drop to the No. 3 slot is completely due to water as growers on the west side of that county – Fresno is the only county in the San Joaquin Valley to cover the entire width of the Valley with farms – began having their water curtailed shortly after the turn of the 21st Century because of federal court decisions that stripped farmers of their irrigation water. Wright is right. The dust bowl that is now much of Fresno County’s west side began with the regulatory constraints on irrigation water that once freely flowed in the area....More
  • Flooded roadway
    Sep 11, 2016
    Commentary

    Will West see good winter without El Niño-La Niña?

    Remember about this time last year when we were told to brace ourselves for an epic El Niño, the likes of which we may have never seen? Implied in that forecast was the prediction that California would float out of its drought and life would be hunky dory. We know what happened. It rained enough to fill lakes Shasta, Oroville and Folsom, though that did not translate into significantly better irrigation conditions for farmers south of the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta....More
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