Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en Agriculture must quickly throttle up its public relations http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculture-must-quickly-throttle-its-public-relations <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We have all said and heard this phrase many times before &ndash; &lsquo;Times have changed.&rsquo; As a child, the only television in the house was a 10-inch black and white set with 2-3 channels. Today, one digital TV can cover the entire wall of a medium-sized house.</p> <p>Yet all change to date has not been necessarily positive. Newer communications technology has provided a voice for groups determined to change the consumer&rsquo;s view of our food supply &ndash; pushing the idea that only locally- and organically-grown food is healthy and sustainable.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculture-must-quickly-throttle-its-public-relations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculture-must-quickly-throttle-its-public-relations#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:30:00 +0000 154681 at http://westernfarmpress.com Almond Board helps growers overcome challenges http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/almond-board-helps-growers-overcome-challenges <div class="node-body blog-body">Almond Board of California paves successful path for growers and handlers alike</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/almond-board-helps-growers-overcome-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/almond-board-helps-growers-overcome-challenges#comments Orchard Crops Almonds Farm Press Blog Mon, 15 Dec 2014 02:12:00 +0000 154671 at http://westernfarmpress.com It’s Christmas time – from a tree grower’s perspective http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/it-s-christmas-time-tree-grower-s-perspective <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Halleluiah, its Christmas time. The weather has cooled (too little or too much depending on where you live). In less snow-covered areas, fallen leaves on the ground create a distinctive nature-made &lsquo;crunch&rsquo; sound when walked upon.</p> <p>For many folks, the yuletide season for many people turns to the Christmas tree. The popular song &ldquo;Oh Christmas Tree&rdquo; was written by German Ernhst Ansch&uuml;tz and published in 1824 &ndash; that&rsquo;s almost 200 years ago.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/it-s-christmas-time-tree-grower-s-perspective" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/it-s-christmas-time-tree-grower-s-perspective#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:20:00 +0000 154661 at http://westernfarmpress.com California raises wine glasses in toast of rain http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-raises-wine-glasses-toast-rain <div class="node-body blog-body">Forecasters somewhat optimistic about chance of rain in California</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-raises-wine-glasses-toast-rain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-raises-wine-glasses-toast-rain#comments Irrigation Precipitation Farm Press Blog Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:16:00 +0000 154481 at http://westernfarmpress.com Counting America's agricultural blessings http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/counting-americas-agricultural-blessings <div class="node-body blog-body">America's agricultural blessings mean more than sustenance for a growing population</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/counting-americas-agricultural-blessings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/counting-americas-agricultural-blessings#comments Miscellaneous Events Farm Press Blog Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:13:00 +0000 154341 at http://westernfarmpress.com Who determines the value of carbon credits? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/who-determines-value-carbon-credits <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The buzz about carbon credits has been a steady, but relatively low hum in my estimation. The discussion needs to be taken beyond the visceral, new-idea level where thoughts are cool from a political perspective until you dig into them on a logical and philosophical level.</p> <p><a href="http://plantingseedsblog.cdfa.ca.gov/wordpress/?p=7207">From a blog by the California Department of Food and Agriculture</a> comes a notice that the USDA gave money (government code speak: grant) to &ldquo;create a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/who-determines-value-carbon-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/who-determines-value-carbon-credits#comments Government Regulations Farm Press Blog Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:37:00 +0000 154201 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Can agriculture be a good source of carbon credits for industries that create greenhouse gasses?</p> School is for factual learning, not anti-GMO rhetoric http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/school-factual-learning-not-anti-gmo-rhetoric <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As an agricultural journalist, I receive my fair share of e-mails and phone calls on the GMO (genetically-modified organism) issue &ndash; both pro and con. Yet a recent school news release lifted the anti-GMO movement to the next level of absurdity.</p> <p>The Minnesota Public Schools will take steps to reduce GMO content in food in school meals in five school districts - which combined dish up 56,700 school meals daily. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/school-factual-learning-not-anti-gmo-rhetoric" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/school-factual-learning-not-anti-gmo-rhetoric#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:37:00 +0000 154241 at http://westernfarmpress.com World peace threatened by loss of chocolate http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/world-peace-threatened-loss-chocolate <div class="node-body blog-body">Chocolate makers concerned about loss of cocoa trees around the world</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/world-peace-threatened-loss-chocolate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/world-peace-threatened-loss-chocolate#comments Orchard Crops Crops Farm Press Blog Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:41:00 +0000 154231 at http://westernfarmpress.com Fall harvest, football, turkey, and year-round thanks http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fall-harvest-football-turkey-and-year-round-thanks <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Hooray &ndash; it&rsquo;s harvest season for many in agriculture. For many growers, the most satisfying times during the crop cycle include watching for a new seedling to break through the soil&rsquo;s crust; and the sights of watching a picker, combine, shaker, human hands, or other harvest ways deliver the season&rsquo;s bounty.</p> <p>I was recently snapping photos during a Pima cotton harvest and suddenly stopped - just watched and listened. Harvest was not only a portrait for the eyes; it was also a well-orchestrated and timed event, and rural music to the ears.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fall-harvest-football-turkey-and-year-round-thanks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fall-harvest-football-turkey-and-year-round-thanks#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:42:00 +0000 154141 at http://westernfarmpress.com Best use of water bond money now at forefront http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/best-use-water-bond-money-now-forefront <div class="node-body blog-body">Now that California's water bond has passed the hard work of targeting money to worthwhile projects begins</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/best-use-water-bond-money-now-forefront" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/best-use-water-bond-money-now-forefront#comments Irrigation Election Farm Press Blog Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:55:00 +0000 154031 at http://westernfarmpress.com When 50, 40 and 10 don't add up in policy decisions http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/when-50-40-and-10-dont-add-policy-decisions <div class="node-body blog-body">Conservation alone cannot free up enough water for a growing state and economy, yet that's the premise California leaders want you to believe.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/when-50-40-and-10-dont-add-policy-decisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/when-50-40-and-10-dont-add-policy-decisions#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Wed, 05 Nov 2014 01:45:00 +0000 153831 at http://westernfarmpress.com Is urban water district prematurely counting rain drops? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/urban-water-district-prematurely-counting-rain-drops <div class="node-body blog-body">Could Metropolitan Water District be counting rain drops before northern California lakes have a chance to rise in response to storms?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/urban-water-district-prematurely-counting-rain-drops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/urban-water-district-prematurely-counting-rain-drops#comments Irrigation El Nino Farm Press Blog Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:32:00 +0000 153741 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Earlier this summer a marina at Shasta Lake when the water level was down about 150 feet in elevation.</p> What happens when false premises set public policy? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-happens-when-false-premises-set-public-policy <div class="node-body blog-body">Political leaders unwilling to set aside political bias in scientific discussions should be voted out or removed from office</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-happens-when-false-premises-set-public-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-happens-when-false-premises-set-public-policy#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:13:00 +0000 153561 at http://westernfarmpress.com Proposition 1 water bond a step forward for California agriculture http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/proposition-1-water-bond-step-forward-california-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Individual farmers and ranchers living through California&rsquo;s drought crisis understand the real economic impact of the last three years of minute precipitation on the state&rsquo;s $42 billion food, fiber, and fuel industry.</p> <p>This year, producers have experienced evaporating watering holes, witnessed the removal of highly productive citrus trees yanked from the drought-cracked soil, made tough fallowed land decisions for annual crops, and nut trees which have weathered better years, water wise.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/proposition-1-water-bond-step-forward-california-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/proposition-1-water-bond-step-forward-california-agriculture#comments Miscellaneous Drought Farm Press Blog Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:51:00 +0000 153521 at http://westernfarmpress.com How the well-fed think we need to feed the world http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-well-fed-think-we-need-feed-world <div class="node-body blog-body">Claims that cutting food waste sounds good, but it does little to meet global food demand.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-well-fed-think-we-need-feed-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-well-fed-think-we-need-feed-world#comments Miscellaneous Sustainable Agriculture Farm Press Blog Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:24:00 +0000 153161 at http://westernfarmpress.com