Farm Press Blog The Farm Press Daily Blog en California agricultural losses were largely predictable <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Of all the impacts California&rsquo;s climatic and regulatory drought had on the state in 2015, there&rsquo;s one number that should be reflective of the state&rsquo;s refusal to deliver irrigation water to Central Valley farmers.</p> <p>Earlier this month the last of the eight San Joaquin Valley counties submitted their annual livestock and crop reports to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. These reports are required by law and can be easily found online.</p> <p>The numbers are disappointing, but not surprising.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Crops Farm Press Blog Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:39:00 +0000 170601 at Reaction: tighter state rules on pesticides 'unnecessary' <div class="node-body blog-body">Agriculture says DPR plan to further restrict pesticide use near schools is completely "unnecessary" and does not factor in local control and success</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulatory Chemicals Farm Press Blog Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:21:00 +0000 170361 at Are farmers, San Francisco up the same river? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Rather than call out the hypocrisy of San Francisco&rsquo;s complaint that losing nearly half of its Tuolumne River water to the State Water Board and environmental activists, let&rsquo;s see these concerns as a &ldquo;glass half-full&rdquo; opportunity.</p> <p>According to the San Francisco Chronicle&rsquo;s opinion page, the city/county&rsquo;s public utilities commission is concerned about losing much of its water to a state water grab with strong concerns rippling across the state.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulatory Regulations Farm Press Blog Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:20:00 +0000 170541 at Blue Diamond takes marketing game to the NBA level <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Fresh off of sponsorship programs with U.S. Olympic swim and volleyball teams, Blue Diamond Almonds upped its game to include a California NBA franchise.</p> <p>Beginning with the 2017 season the Sacramento Kings will sport the Blue Diamond Almond logo on player jerseys as part of a campaign by the grower-owned cooperative to promote its brand.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tree Nuts Almonds Farm Press Blog Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:44:00 +0000 170521 at <p>Photo by the Sacramento Kings.</p> Do the 'conversations' about agriculture have good ROI? <div class="node-body blog-body">For me the bad taste started when panelist Bruce Goldstein, president, Farmworker Justice, implied bribery and other illegal activities between farmers and managers of farm labor contract companies. He referenced a “wink and nod” relationship between farmers and the farm labor contractors they hire to harvest crops. He insinuates that growers bribe their farm labor contractors to cover up wage and hour violations. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Groups & Organizations Farm Press Blog Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:43:00 +0000 170181 at Could California's attack on agriculture be fatal blow? <div class="node-body blog-body">The next California exodus could be almost biblical in proportion given that every one of those leaving will have effectively one thing in common: they once profitably produced food and fiber.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legislative Government Farm Press Blog Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:07:00 +0000 170241 at <p>USDA photo.&nbsp;</p> How to help public understand agricultural complexities <div class="node-body blog-body">“Many food shoppers have difficulty comprehending the scale and complexity facing modern farmers,” Lusk writes. Therein lays the problem – and a challenge for all of us. How do we in agriculture help food shoppers truly comprehend the scale and complexity of modern farmers? I’ll argue that it’s not going to happen 140 characters at a time. We need better communicators, not more of them.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Groups & Organizations Farm Press Blog Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:52:00 +0000 170161 at Market forces will decide future of guayule production <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><em>Western Farm Press</em> published several articles and photo galleries over the last month on a new crop option &ndash; guayule &ndash; which could be available for commercial production in the next few years or so in the low desert farming areas of Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas.</p> <p>Guayule is an industrial crop, a perennial shrub, grown for its natural rubber, resins, and biomass. The plant has no food value.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Farm Press Blog Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:09:00 +0000 170151 at The irony of celebrating local food in Sacramento <div class="node-body blog-body">Food production doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The right combination of soil, climate and irrigation water that has long-blessed California with such ability however lately it is under siege by lawmakers and regulators who apparently do not believe that domestic production of agricultural goods leads to better food security. Instead, food security and sustainability are merely talking points to be mentioned when politically convenient. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legislative Legislation Farm Press Blog Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:38:00 +0000 169951 at <p>Photo by USDA, published under Creative Commons license.</p> Organic movement is paying a big price <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>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 &ldquo;non-organic&rdquo; but cheap.</p> <p>Farmers are entitled to produce certified organic, although it can be more expensive and the quality is generally lower.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agenda Farm Press Blog Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:49:00 +0000 169931 at <p><strong>Scott Olson, Getty Images</strong></p>