Cary Blake

Associate Editor,
Western Farm Press

Cary Blake, associate editor with Western Farm Press, has 32 years experience as an agricultural journalist. Blake covered Midwest agriculture for 25 years on a statewide farm radio network and through television stories that blanketed the nation.
Blake travelled West in 2003. Today he reports on production agriculture in Arizona and California. He also covers New Mexico and West Texas agriculture for Southwest Farm Press.
Blake is a native Mississippian, graduate of Mississippi State University, and a former Christmas tree grower.

Trash talk: Contaminated cotton major industry problem
The contamination of cotton from tie downs, plastics from module covers and grocery store bags, oil, grease, and other ‘trash’ picked up during the harvest and ginning processes still remains a significant threat to the U.S. natural fiber industry.
Mark Watte: High Cotton Award for Western Farm Press
Mark Watte, Tulare, Calif. cotton grower, wins the 2015 High Cotton Award from Western Farm Press.
Watte Family: Generations of cotton-growing experience
Enjoy these photos of the Watte farm family in Tulare, Calif. Mark Watte is the winner of the 2015 Western Farm Press High Cotton Award from Western Farm Press.
Snapshots at Family Tree Farms, Tulare County, Calif.

Family Tree Farms is a medium-to-large tree fruit grower in Tulare, of the la

‘Family’ members the root of tree fruit farm’s success
There is nothing like one’s family, says Daniel Jackson of Family Tree Farms, fruit growers who farm about 4,000 acres in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
2014 in Review: Western Cotton Shippers Association

As 2014 draws to a close, a look back at the Western Cotton Shippers Association annual meeting held in Tubac, Ariz. and those who participated in the event.

Participants heard speakers discuss cotton and shipping issues, included Jesse   

Many wheat growers could benefit from U.S-Cuba trade – except Desert Durum
Desert Durum wheat growers in California and Arizona unlikely to benefit from an adopted U.S.-Cuba trade accord - in the short run.
Pierce’s disease-GWSS referendum vote next April?

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is busily preparing a list of eligible wine grape growers to vote in next year’s referendum to whether to continue the battle against Pierce’s disease and its pesky vector, the glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS).

CDFA informed Western Farm Press that the referendum vote is tentatively planned for April but the date could change. The state agriculture department will stay in touch with growers on the final date.

Agriculture needs innovation, answers in PR war
Farming today is dealing with a negative war of words where non-farm groups want to reshape agriculture according to their own visions.
Long Beach export tour kicks off 2014 California Alfalfa and Grains Symposium
See the people and facilities which ready western-grown hay and grains for overseas shipments.
Winery: Solar is socially, environmentally responsible
Arizona’s abundance of sunshine not only ripens grapes but can provide sustainable energy to power wineries.
Gallery: 2014 Western Plant Health Association meeting
Photos of folks at the 2014 Western Plant Health Association annual meeting.
LGMA-STOP video shifts food safety to next level
A new video produced by the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement and the STOP Foodborne Illness organization is designed to educate agricultural workers on the front lines – including fields and processing facilities – on ways to further improve food safety.
California farm water leaders talk local drought impacts
All California farmers and water districts want for Christmas this year is a slow, rainy winter – with perhaps a timely rain tucked in the stocking hanging from the fireplace.
Post-election: Sen. McCain discusses immigration reform, drought
U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona says comprehensive immigration reform is necessary to meet the country’s labor needs for agriculture - but only after the U.S.-Mexico border is 90 percent sealed.
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