Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en Spock’s death a reminder of life-changing scientific strides http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/spock-s-death-reminder-life-changing-scientific-strides <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I&rsquo;ve always been interested in science, the future, and wondering about how the next great invention could reshape the world.</p> <p>Television actor Leonard Nimoy, who died recently and portrayed Mr. Spock as the science officer on the original TV series &lsquo;Star Trek,&rsquo; piqued my interest as a teenager in science and the space, &#39;the final frontier.&#39;</p> <p>I remember the TV show&rsquo;s chief medical officer (Forest DeKelley) waving a hand-held device over an ailing patient and instantly gaining the prognosis. Just television&hellip;right? Wrong.</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/spock-s-death-reminder-life-changing-scientific-strides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/spock-s-death-reminder-life-changing-scientific-strides#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:05:00 +0000 156501 at http://westernfarmpress.com World Ag Expo a venue for new ideas about agriculture http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/world-ag-expo-venue-new-ideas-about-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body">World Ag Expo offers excellent venue for new ideas to help American agriculture succeed</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-ag-expo-venue-new-ideas-about-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/world-ag-expo-venue-new-ideas-about-agriculture#comments Miscellaneous Business Farm Press Blog Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:15:00 +0000 156391 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>From left, California FFA Delegation: Roman Wakiewicz, treasurer, Elk Grove; Haley Warner, vice president, Angels Camp; Dipak Kumar, president, Tulare; Sierra Bryant, secretary, Templeton; Ellen Van Noy, reporter, Grass Valley; Luis Sanchez, seninel, Gonzalez.</p> Labor union action harms economy, national security http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/labor-union-action-harms-economy-national-security <div class="node-body blog-body">West Coast ports work stoppage is harming economy and national security</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/labor-union-action-harms-economy-national-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/labor-union-action-harms-economy-national-security#comments Markets Import and Export Farm Press Blog Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:39:00 +0000 156201 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Container ships at the Port of Oakland go unloaded tied to the union dockworker work slowdown. <em>Photo by Getty Images.</em></p> West Coast ports stoppage ripples inland with layoffs http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/west-coast-ports-stoppage-ripples-inland-layoffs <div class="node-body blog-body">West Coast ports shutdown forces California food processors to close shop until stoppage is over</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/west-coast-ports-stoppage-ripples-inland-layoffs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/west-coast-ports-stoppage-ripples-inland-layoffs#comments Markets Business Farm Press Blog Fri, 06 Feb 2015 03:04:00 +0000 155931 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Container ships sit idle at the Port of Oakland because of a dockworker strike. <em>Photo by Getty Images</em></p> People can't drink studies: they need water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/people-cant-drink-studies-they-need-water <div class="node-body blog-body">California can ill-afford to waste more time on studies as wells go dry and third-world conditions expand in the Golden State</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/people-cant-drink-studies-they-need-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/people-cant-drink-studies-they-need-water#comments Irrigation Regulations Farm Press Blog Mon, 02 Feb 2015 23:15:00 +0000 155841 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Sacramento River at Red Bluff.</p> Newspapers challenge California to see need for water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/newspapers-challenge-california-see-need-water <div class="node-body blog-body">Newspaper editorials begin to challenge public thought on how water is currently used 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/newspapers-challenge-california-see-need-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/newspapers-challenge-california-see-need-water#comments Irrigation Regulations Farm Press Blog Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:49:00 +0000 155751 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Irrigation water in a California canal</p> 98 percent of U.S. cotton farms are family operated http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/98-percent-us-cotton-farms-are-family-operated <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Newspaper, website, and magazine headlines which assert that corporations - not families &ndash; operate the majority of U.S. farms are simply preposterous. Most farmers and ranchers already know this yet it is disheartening how many of the John Q. Public falls for such nonsense.</p> <p>If you have never heard of George Frisvold, remember his name. Frisvold is a professor and Cooperative Extension specialist with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona.</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/98-percent-us-cotton-farms-are-family-operated" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/98-percent-us-cotton-farms-are-family-operated#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:33:00 +0000 155541 at http://westernfarmpress.com Will drought, ports issue create 'Perfect Storm' for Ag? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-drought-ports-issue-create-perfect-storm-ag <div class="node-body blog-body">Does the ports slowdown and drought combine to create 'perfect storm' for American agriculture?</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-drought-ports-issue-create-perfect-storm-ag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-drought-ports-issue-create-perfect-storm-ag#comments Miscellaneous Crops Farm Press Blog Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:23:00 +0000 155501 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Is a &#39;perfect storm&#39; brewing over American agriculture?</p> California has no future without sustainable water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-has-no-future-without-sustainable-water <div class="node-body blog-body">Building High Speed Rail without providing adequate water for California is irresponsible</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-has-no-future-without-sustainable-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-has-no-future-without-sustainable-water#comments Irrigation Crops Farm Press Blog Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:03:00 +0000 155221 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Without sustainable water for farming, crops like this citrus grove in Central California will die and domestic food security will suffer.</p> Fundamental policy changes needed to reverse 'greying' http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fundamental-policy-changes-needed-reverse-greying <div class="node-body blog-body">Fundamental changes are necessary in U.S. agricultural policy if domestic food production is to remain sustainable</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/fundamental-policy-changes-needed-reverse-greying" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fundamental-policy-changes-needed-reverse-greying#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:07:00 +0000 155131 at http://westernfarmpress.com Goodbye 2014 – wishes aplenty for 2015 New Year http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/goodbye-2014-wishes-aplenty-2015-new-year <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Happy New Year! I&rsquo;m glad it&rsquo;s 2015. Good riddance to 2014 which is now toast &ndash; adios &ndash; history - kaput.&nbsp;</p> <p>With hopefully a bright New Year to nip at our toes, top on my list of resolutions this new year is losing weight &ndash; always by far the top goal on many people&rsquo;s New Year&rsquo;s wish list. It&rsquo;s time to dust off the bike seat, top off the air in the tires, and get cycling. &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/goodbye-2014-wishes-aplenty-2015-new-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/goodbye-2014-wishes-aplenty-2015-new-year#comments Miscellaneous Drought Precipitation Farm Press Blog Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:51:00 +0000 155071 at http://westernfarmpress.com Water the cornerstone to building a better California http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/water-cornerstone-building-better-california <div class="node-body blog-body">Water availability needs to be higher on list when it comes to urban planning desires</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-cornerstone-building-better-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/water-cornerstone-building-better-california#comments Government Regulations Farm Press Blog Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:17:00 +0000 154881 at http://westernfarmpress.com Trillion is the new terabyte http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/trillion-new-terabyte <div class="node-body blog-body">NASA's prediction of 11 trillion gallons of water needed sounds like a computer pitch for terabytes of storage</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/trillion-new-terabyte" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/trillion-new-terabyte#comments Miscellaneous Drought Farm Press Blog Tue, 23 Dec 2014 03:01:00 +0000 154841 at http://westernfarmpress.com 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