Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en 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 It’s Christmas time – from a tree grower’s perspective http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/it-s-christmas-time-tree-grower-s-perspective <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Halleluiah, its Christmas time. The weather has cooled (too little or too much depending on where you live). In less snow-covered areas, fallen leaves on the ground create a distinctive nature-made &lsquo;crunch&rsquo; sound when walked upon.</p> <p>For many folks, the yuletide season for many people turns to the Christmas tree. The popular song &ldquo;Oh Christmas Tree&rdquo; was written by German Ernhst Ansch&uuml;tz and published in 1824 &ndash; that&rsquo;s almost 200 years ago.</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/it-s-christmas-time-tree-grower-s-perspective" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/it-s-christmas-time-tree-grower-s-perspective#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:20:00 +0000 154661 at http://westernfarmpress.com California raises wine glasses in toast of rain http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-raises-wine-glasses-toast-rain <div class="node-body blog-body">Forecasters somewhat optimistic about chance of rain 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/california-raises-wine-glasses-toast-rain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-raises-wine-glasses-toast-rain#comments Irrigation Precipitation Farm Press Blog Tue, 02 Dec 2014 23:16:00 +0000 154481 at http://westernfarmpress.com Counting America's agricultural blessings http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/counting-americas-agricultural-blessings <div class="node-body blog-body">America's agricultural blessings mean more than sustenance for a growing population</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/counting-americas-agricultural-blessings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/counting-americas-agricultural-blessings#comments Miscellaneous Events Farm Press Blog Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:13:00 +0000 154341 at http://westernfarmpress.com Who determines the value of carbon credits? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/who-determines-value-carbon-credits <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The buzz about carbon credits has been a steady, but relatively low hum in my estimation. The discussion needs to be taken beyond the visceral, new-idea level where thoughts are cool from a political perspective until you dig into them on a logical and philosophical level.</p> <p><a href="http://plantingseedsblog.cdfa.ca.gov/wordpress/?p=7207">From a blog by the California Department of Food and Agriculture</a> comes a notice that the USDA gave money (government code speak: grant) to &ldquo;create a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands.&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/who-determines-value-carbon-credits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/who-determines-value-carbon-credits#comments Government Regulations Farm Press Blog Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:37:00 +0000 154201 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Can agriculture be a good source of carbon credits for industries that create greenhouse gasses?</p> 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