Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en When world-class research plays second fiddle http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/when-world-class-research-plays-second-fiddle <div class="node-body blog-body">If agricultural truths do not resonate with consumers, what are farmers doing to find a better messenger?</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-world-class-research-plays-second-fiddle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/when-world-class-research-plays-second-fiddle#comments Miscellaneous Sustainable Agriculture Farm Press Blog Tue, 26 May 2015 18:52:00 +0000 158891 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span>Plant pathologists&nbsp;compare rust-resistant tall fescue (in top of magnifying lens) with a susceptible variety.<em> Photo by USDA</em></span></p> UC report: Dairy still the cream of California crops http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/uc-report-dairy-still-cream-california-crops <div class="node-body blog-body">California dairy industry pumps more than $21 billion through state's economy in value-added products.</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/uc-report-dairy-still-cream-california-crops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/uc-report-dairy-still-cream-california-crops#comments Miscellaneous Business Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 May 2015 22:47:00 +0000 158721 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Sales of California dairy products in 2014 totaled about $65 billion. From this&nbsp;figure, $21 billion was pumped through the state&#39;s economy in value-added products.</p> Hunger solutions, food quality rooted in crop biotechnology http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/hunger-solutions-food-quality-rooted-crop-biotechnology <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A finding from a 2014 survey conducted by the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) suggests that 75 percent of consumers do not believe U.S. agriculture has a responsibility to grow food to feed&nbsp;people in other countries.</p> <p>The CFI&nbsp;survey of &lsquo;Mom&rsquo;s, Millennials, and Foodies&rsquo; suggests that the availability of a healthy, affordable food supply is more important.&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/hunger-solutions-food-quality-rooted-crop-biotechnology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/hunger-solutions-food-quality-rooted-crop-biotechnology#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 May 2015 22:27:00 +0000 158711 at http://westernfarmpress.com Is Sacramento short-sighted over sustainable water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sacramento-short-sighted-over-sustainable-water <div class="node-body blog-body">California still focused on short-term fixes to long-term water problems</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/sacramento-short-sighted-over-sustainable-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sacramento-short-sighted-over-sustainable-water#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 15 May 2015 00:25:00 +0000 158531 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The capitol building in Sacramento, Calif.</p> Job options ripe for agricultural graduates http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/job-options-ripe-agricultural-graduates <div class="node-body blog-body">Report suggests job opportunities for agriculture, science, technology, engineering and mathematics continue to remain positive.</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/job-options-ripe-agricultural-graduates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/job-options-ripe-agricultural-graduates#comments Miscellaneous Business Farm Press Blog Wed, 13 May 2015 20:30:00 +0000 158501 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Career opportunities for students of agriculture and STEM curriculum look to be good, according to a recent report.</p> Water starts fire at Oakdale Irrigation District meeting http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/water-starts-fire-oakdale-irrigation-district-meeting <div class="node-body blog-body">Water discussions turn heated and personal at Oakdale Irrigation District meeting</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/water-starts-fire-oakdale-irrigation-district-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/water-starts-fire-oakdale-irrigation-district-meeting#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Thu, 07 May 2015 23:30:00 +0000 158371 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Some in Oakdale Irrigation District are angry that they can no longer run unlimited amounts of surface water across their rangeland in this foothill region of Central California.</p> Desalination makes desert nation water-independent http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/desalination-makes-desert-nation-water-independent <div class="node-body blog-body">Desalination turns desert nation into net water exporter</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/desalination-makes-desert-nation-water-independent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/desalination-makes-desert-nation-water-independent#comments Irrigation Irrigation Farm Press Blog Mon, 04 May 2015 19:25:00 +0000 158241 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Jordan River in Israel. (Photo by Getty Images)</p> Drone technology flying into agriculture at warp speed http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/drone-technology-flying-agriculture-warp-speed <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Take a moment and reflect back to your childhood years &ndash; the &lsquo;good ol&rsquo; days per se when fun was just a toy away.</p> <p>My childhood in the 1960s was filled with simple boy toys, including plastic green army men, which allowed my brother and I to engage in hours-long &lsquo;battles&rsquo; in the backyard sand pile.</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/drone-technology-flying-agriculture-warp-speed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/drone-technology-flying-agriculture-warp-speed#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Fri, 01 May 2015 18:30:00 +0000 158201 at http://westernfarmpress.com What does continued El Nino mean for US weather? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-does-continued-el-nino-mean-us-weather <div class="node-body blog-body">Will a strengthening El Nino mean early autumn rains and enhanced storm track into 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/what-does-continued-el-nino-mean-us-weather" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-does-continued-el-nino-mean-us-weather#comments Miscellaneous El Nino Farm Press Blog Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:52:00 +0000 158141 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Thunderstorm moving across the San Joaquin Valley of California.</p> Fight for water is fracturing agricultural alliances http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fight-water-fracturing-agricultural-alliances <div class="node-body blog-body">Agricultural alliances are being fractured by fight over water</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/fight-water-fracturing-agricultural-alliances" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fight-water-fracturing-agricultural-alliances#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:48:00 +0000 158111 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Internal fighting over water in California is hurting agriculture.</p> American agriculture needs more allies http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/american-agriculture-needs-more-allies <div class="node-body blog-body">American agriculture needs more allies</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/american-agriculture-needs-more-allies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/american-agriculture-needs-more-allies#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Wed, 29 Apr 2015 03:18:00 +0000 158101 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>American agriculture needs allies in all sectors of society.</p> Save the almonds if you want to protect honey bees http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/save-almonds-if-you-want-protect-honey-bees <div class="node-body blog-body">Almond blossoms are said to be a complete food source for honey bees</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/save-almonds-if-you-want-protect-honey-bees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/save-almonds-if-you-want-protect-honey-bees#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Farm Press Blog Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:43:00 +0000 158091 at http://westernfarmpress.com National focus on California drought has its benefits http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/national-focus-california-drought-has-its-benefits <div class="node-body blog-body">National attention of California's drought serves as good conversation-starter</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/national-focus-california-drought-has-its-benefits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/national-focus-california-drought-has-its-benefits#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:27:00 +0000 158051 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>It&#39;s difficult to float your boat without water.</p> California agriculture-drought complaints just don’t hold water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-agriculture-drought-complaints-just-don-t-hold-water <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The California almond industry continues to be challenged by mainstream media and others for its water use in a state trying to keep its &ndash; uh &ndash; head above water during the fourth consecutive year of drought.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not just almonds under public scrutiny but California agriculture as a whole.</p> <p>Those wearing the &lsquo;almond hat&rsquo; can certainly share &lsquo;lids&rsquo; with the western alfalfa industry which gets regular jabs for water used to grow feed for dairy cows to produce milk, ice cream, and other dairy products.</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/california-agriculture-drought-complaints-just-don-t-hold-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-agriculture-drought-complaints-just-don-t-hold-water#comments Miscellaneous Drought Alfalfa Almonds Farm Press Blog Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:06:00 +0000 158011 at http://westernfarmpress.com Addressing climate change one orchard at a time http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/addressing-climate-change-one-orchard-time <div class="node-body blog-body">California farmers fail to get credit for helping address climate change by planting millions of acres of trees.</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/addressing-climate-change-one-orchard-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/addressing-climate-change-one-orchard-time#comments Tree Nuts Sustainable Agriculture Farm Press Blog Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:03:00 +0000 157971 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Like many other trees, almonds have numerous environmental benefits, including aiding air quality, benefiting wildlife and helping to address climate change.</p>