Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en Fear mongering $$$ better spent on solving hunger http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fear-mongering-better-spent-solving-hunger <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Unless you&rsquo;ve been hiding under a rock (with all of the violent atrocities occurring daily around the world lately I wouldn&rsquo;t blame you), you&rsquo;re likely aware the United States will soon enact a law on enacting GMO (genetically engineered) food labeling.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fear-mongering-better-spent-solving-hunger" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fear-mongering-better-spent-solving-hunger#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:51:00 +0000 168831 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Photo: Spencer Platt, Getty Images.</p> How dairy declines could impact other crops http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-dairy-declines-could-impact-other-crops <div class="node-body blog-body">The California dairy industry is declining under the weight of unprofitable and unsustainable milk prices</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-dairy-declines-could-impact-other-crops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-dairy-declines-could-impact-other-crops#comments Miscellaneous Business Farm Press Blog Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:48:00 +0000 168631 at http://westernfarmpress.com NCC tour creates better cotton producers, leaders http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/ncc-tour-creates-better-cotton-producers-leaders <div class="node-body blog-body">The June trip included about a dozen cotton growers from across the cotton belt – from Arizona to Georgia and many states in between. They traveled by bus across southeastern Idaho. The vehicle’s bug-hit windshield was evidence of the 1,100-mile adventure.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/ncc-tour-creates-better-cotton-producers-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/ncc-tour-creates-better-cotton-producers-leaders#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:06:00 +0000 168621 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>The National Cotton Council&rsquo;s 10<sup>th</sup> annual Multi-Commodity Exchange Program, sponsored by John Deere, included from left: front row &ndash; Allan Fuchs, Garden City, Texas; Kelly Olson, Boise, Idaho; Jim Whitaker, McGehee, Ark.; Andrew Grobmeyer, Little Rock, Ark.; Curtis Berry, Robinsonville, Miss.; Stacey Satterlee, Boise, Idaho; Lee Cromley, Brooklet, Ga.; and Craig Brown, Memphis, Tenn. Back row: Tommy Moore, Somerville, Tenn.; Barry Evans, Kress, Texas; Steve Olson, Plainview, Texas; Herbert Price, Dixie, Ga.; John Gibson, Memphis, Tenn.; Sam Spruell, Mt. Hope, Ala.; Dean Wells, Casa Grande, Ariz.; and Justin Place, Hamer, Idaho.&nbsp;</strong></p> Farmers should pay attention to waterless development http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/farmers-should-pay-attention-waterless-development <div class="node-body blog-body">Proposing new urban development in the California desert without a source of sustainable water defies logic and flies in the face of what the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act purports to accomplish.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/farmers-should-pay-attention-waterless-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/farmers-should-pay-attention-waterless-development#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:22:00 +0000 168611 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California has not significantly improved its water infrastructure system since the State Water Project was built in the 1960s.</p> Get that DNA out of my food! http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/get-dna-out-my-food <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Eighty percent of consumers polled in a recent Oklahoma State University survey didn&rsquo;t want no stinkin&rsquo; deoxyribonucleic acid in their food<em>.</em></p> <p>Labels on all food containing it. Better yet, signs on every supermarket aisle. It&rsquo;s in everything.</p> <p>What is this dastardly substance? It&rsquo;s DNA, the genetic material that determines the makeup of all living cells, yet more than 75 percent of consumers in the OSU survey said they do not want it in their food. No DNA - no food - and no people.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/get-dna-out-my-food" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/get-dna-out-my-food#comments Grapes Almonds Citrus Crops Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Farm Press Blog Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:18:00 +0000 168571 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Getty Images</p> Senators seek to preempt states from GMO laws http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/senators-seek-preempt-states-gmo-laws <div class="node-body blog-body">Senators Roberts and Stabenow push for GMO preemption legislation</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/senators-seek-preempt-states-gmo-laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/senators-seek-preempt-states-gmo-laws#comments Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:59:00 +0000 168271 at http://westernfarmpress.com El Niño or La Niña: California unprepared for both http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/el-ni-o-or-la-ni-california-unprepared-both <div class="node-body blog-body">Regardless of the Spanish-named climatic condition, California is unprepared to help its residents weather both</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/el-ni-o-or-la-ni-california-unprepared-both" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/el-ni-o-or-la-ni-california-unprepared-both#comments Government Farm Press Blog Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:41:00 +0000 168291 at http://westernfarmpress.com 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>