Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en 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 Sirens, chase turn field day into harrowing experience http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sirens-chase-turn-field-day-harrowing-experience <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We have heard for years that agriculture is the most dangerous occupation amid the many hazards involved in planting, nurturing, harvesting, processing, and transporting a crop for delivery to the grocery store and in the end the consumer&rsquo;s table.</p> <p>This fall, a group of growers found them facing an even more unexpected dangerous situation &ndash; drug smuggling.</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/sirens-chase-turn-field-day-harrowing-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sirens-chase-turn-field-day-harrowing-experience#comments Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:54:00 +0000 153151 at http://westernfarmpress.com Are long-range weather forecasts getting better? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/are-long-range-weather-forecasts-getting-better <div class="node-body blog-body">Some long-range weather forecasters seem to be improving their prediction success.</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/are-long-range-weather-forecasts-getting-better" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/are-long-range-weather-forecasts-getting-better#comments Miscellaneous Forecasting Farm Press Blog Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:25:00 +0000 153121 at http://westernfarmpress.com Could USGS data help California with groundwater law? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/could-usgs-data-help-california-groundwater-law <div class="node-body blog-body">California needs good science to understand underground aquifers. The USGS just might have that information.</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/could-usgs-data-help-california-groundwater-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/could-usgs-data-help-california-groundwater-law#comments Government Legislation Farm Press Blog Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:16:00 +0000 153061 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The US Geological Society not only studies the major collision zones of tectonic plates; it studies water issues as well.</p> Dust Bowl images share resemblance to modern day http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/dust-bowl-images-share-resemblance-modern-day <div class="node-body blog-body">There are striking similarities in the images we saw taken by Dorothea Lange during the Dust Bowl, and those taken in modern-day, drought-ravaged 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/dust-bowl-images-share-resemblance-modern-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/dust-bowl-images-share-resemblance-modern-day#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Wed, 08 Oct 2014 02:11:00 +0000 152991 at http://westernfarmpress.com Will California rainy season begin by Halloween? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-california-rainy-season-begin-halloween <div class="node-body blog-body">Private weather forecasting firm has good track record of long-range prognostications.</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/will-california-rainy-season-begin-halloween" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-california-rainy-season-begin-halloween#comments Miscellaneous El Nino Farm Press Blog Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:36:00 +0000 152951 at http://westernfarmpress.com No place for fear mongering in organic vs. conventional http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/no-place-fear-mongering-organic-vs-conventional <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Fear can be both a good and horrible feeling which can drive people either to make sensible decisions or those which are shaky, unfounded, and lack substance.</p> <p>Franklin D. Roosevelt, the nation&rsquo;s 32<sup>nd</sup> President who served from 1933-1945, weighed in on the fear factor in his first inaugural speech by saying, the &ldquo;Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.&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/no-place-fear-mongering-organic-vs-conventional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/no-place-fear-mongering-organic-vs-conventional#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:36:00 +0000 152841 at http://westernfarmpress.com