Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en The bigger picture if three times more Central Valley groundwater exists http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/bigger-picture-if-three-times-more-central-valley-groundwater-exists <div class="node-body blog-body">Stanford study suggests California might have several times more groundwater than previously thought</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/bigger-picture-if-three-times-more-central-valley-groundwater-exists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/bigger-picture-if-three-times-more-central-valley-groundwater-exists#comments Irrigation Farm Press Blog Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:07:00 +0000 168211 at http://westernfarmpress.com June Dairy Month honors more than just the cows http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/june-dairy-month-honors-more-just-cows <div class="node-body blog-body">A vibrant and sustainable dairy industry can go a long way towards sustaining entire agricultural economies</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/june-dairy-month-honors-more-just-cows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/june-dairy-month-honors-more-just-cows#comments Miscellaneous Crops Farm Press Blog Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:25:00 +0000 168071 at http://westernfarmpress.com Video focuses on vulgarity-sex to sell organic, dispel pesticides http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/video-focuses-vulgarity-sex-sell-organic-dispel-pesticides <div class="node-body blog-body">“This video directly and falsely impact consumer opinions about how we grow and raise food, which in turn, directly impacts the present and the future for farmers and ranchers. It is unjust and raises unrealistic fears about the food we grow,” according to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/video-focuses-vulgarity-sex-sell-organic-dispel-pesticides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/video-focuses-vulgarity-sex-sell-organic-dispel-pesticides#comments Tree Nuts Environmental groups Pesticides Farm Press Blog Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:27:00 +0000 168031 at http://westernfarmpress.com Citrus industry not waiting for public funds to fight HLB http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/citrus-industry-not-waiting-public-funds-fight-hlb <div class="node-body blog-body">The fight to find cure for Huanglongbing is life-or-death for the U.S. citrus industry and for California growers</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/citrus-industry-not-waiting-public-funds-fight-hlb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/citrus-industry-not-waiting-public-funds-fight-hlb#comments Orchard Crops Farm Press Blog Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:48:00 +0000 167901 at http://westernfarmpress.com California High Speed Rail going nowhere fast http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-high-speed-rail-going-nowhere-fast <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>An interesting editorial in the recent Wall Street Journal (<em>California Bullet Train to Whenever</em>) says the federally-supported High Speed Rail (HSR) under construction in the San Joaquin Valley is a boondoggle that should be derailed.</p> <p>The fed has tossed $2.5 billion at California to build a bullet train from San Francisco to Anaheim, starting first in what WSJ calls the &ldquo;less populated, shovel ready&rdquo; San Joaquin Valley, conservative, and therefore with less political clout to oppose the money pit.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-high-speed-rail-going-nowhere-fast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-high-speed-rail-going-nowhere-fast#comments Tree Nuts Citrus Grapes Farm Press Blog Fri, 03 Jun 2016 23:12:00 +0000 167761 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California Gov. Jerry Brown signs High Speed Rail funding bill. Photo: Kevork&nbsp;Djansezian, Getty Images.</p> How emotions hurt communities and the environment http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-emotions-hurt-communities-and-environment <div class="node-body blog-body">How has man's desire to hemp nature actually hurt the environment?</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-emotions-hurt-communities-and-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-emotions-hurt-communities-and-environment#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Thu, 26 May 2016 21:23:00 +0000 167581 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Getty Images Photo by David McNew.</p> Sometimes dirt-road journeys are the most rewarding http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sometimes-dirt-road-journeys-are-most-rewarding <div class="node-body blog-body">Writing about agriculture didn’t come until several years into my journalism career. While at the time I saw my duties of writing about farming and ranching for a community newspaper in central California as just that – duties aimed more at keeping my editor from belittling my story ideas than anything else, that attitude quickly morphed into a passion thanks to one particular farmer and later through an opportunity to focus my writing solely on agriculture.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sometimes-dirt-road-journeys-are-most-rewarding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sometimes-dirt-road-journeys-are-most-rewarding#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Thu, 26 May 2016 17:04:00 +0000 167571 at http://westernfarmpress.com High school graduation, agricultural dreams follow similar paths http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/high-school-graduation-agricultural-dreams-follow-similar-paths <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The high school graduation season is wrapping up with 12-grade pigskins in hands, and young graduates believing the world is at their fingertips which it is.</p> <p>My grandson was among those in May who shifted the high school graduation hat tassel from one side to the other; a scene repeated across the country in this symbolic achievement of educational advancement.</p> <p>He graduated from a high school in a mostly rural town in the Upper Midwest where agriculture is likely the top economic contributor to the local economy. &nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/high-school-graduation-agricultural-dreams-follow-similar-paths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/high-school-graduation-agricultural-dreams-follow-similar-paths#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Wed, 25 May 2016 23:39:00 +0000 167551 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images</p> What role should science play in GMO debate? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-role-should-science-play-gmo-debate <div class="node-body blog-body">Is science important in developing decisions of public policy surrounding agriculture?</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-role-should-science-play-gmo-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-role-should-science-play-gmo-debate#comments Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 20 May 2016 02:00:00 +0000 167331 at http://westernfarmpress.com Study reports 'inconvenient truth' about GMO's http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/study-reports-inconvenient-truth-about-gmos <div class="node-body blog-body">Report spells out why we should not fear GMOs</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/study-reports-inconvenient-truth-about-gmos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/study-reports-inconvenient-truth-about-gmos#comments Cotton Government Crops Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 May 2016 16:04:00 +0000 167321 at http://westernfarmpress.com Western tree nut industry getting its ‘mojo’ back http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/western-tree-nut-industry-getting-its-mojo-back <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As a teenager growing up in Mississippi, I took care of my grandma&rsquo;s yard every Saturday morning &ndash; mowing her hilly front, back, and side yards. I sweated profusely in the summer heat and humidity doing so &ndash; followed by a delicious home-cooked lunch fit for a king.</p> <p>Afterwards, the real prize awaited &ndash; a trek out the back door to a small pecan orchard to pick up all the pecans I could carry. Pecans in Mississippi are what almonds, pistachios, pecans, and walnuts are today to those on or near the Left Coast.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/western-tree-nut-industry-getting-its-mojo-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/western-tree-nut-industry-getting-its-mojo-back#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Grapes Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Farm Press Blog Sun, 15 May 2016 17:04:00 +0000 167211 at http://westernfarmpress.com Technology can be good but is it always relevant? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/technology-can-be-good-it-always-relevant <div class="node-body blog-body">Good marketing is still an art, not a "shotgun approach"</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/technology-can-be-good-it-always-relevant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/technology-can-be-good-it-always-relevant#comments Miscellaneous Marketing and Promotion Farm Press Blog Sun, 15 May 2016 00:11:00 +0000 167201 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Photo by Andrew Postell, creative commons,&nbsp;wikimedia&nbsp;</p> ‘Business as usual’ on Saudi purchased Arizona-California farms http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/business-usual-saudi-purchased-arizona-california-farms <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Over the last several months, some people inside and outside of agriculture have been concerned over the sale of alfalfa farms in Vicksburg, Ariz. and near Blythe, Calif. to the dairy company Almarai of Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>The issue was fueled in part by general media reports which played up the point that some Arizona and California alfalfa, grown with local and regional water supplies in generally dry, arid conditions over time, is exported to other countries.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/business-usual-saudi-purchased-arizona-california-farms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/business-usual-saudi-purchased-arizona-california-farms#comments Alfalfa Farm Press Blog Mon, 09 May 2016 14:38:00 +0000 167001 at http://westernfarmpress.com A tale of two states and of man-made drought http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/tale-two-states-and-man-made-drought <div class="node-body blog-body">Opinions differ as to the continued existence of drought conditions in California</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/tale-two-states-and-man-made-drought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/tale-two-states-and-man-made-drought#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Mon, 02 May 2016 17:08:00 +0000 166821 at http://westernfarmpress.com What do presidential candidates think of US agriculture? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-do-presidential-candidates-think-us-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body">What are the thoughts of those running for president when it comes to American agriculture?</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-do-presidential-candidates-think-us-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-do-presidential-candidates-think-us-agriculture#comments Government Farm Press Blog Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:23:00 +0000 166811 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span>Republican presidential candidates (Lto R) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Ohio Gov. John Kasich participate in a debate sponsored by Fox News on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the State&#39;s primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</span></p>