Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed The Farm Press Daily Blog en Vague political promises promote pork programs http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/vague-political-promises-promote-pork-programs <div class="node-body blog-body">Vague political promises promote pork spending, particularly in California water politics</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/vague-political-promises-promote-pork-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/vague-political-promises-promote-pork-programs#comments Government Election Farm Press Blog Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:50:00 +0000 151631 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Pork spending is popular practice with political leaders in Sacramento.</p> Safeway stakeholders reject anti-GMO labeling proposal http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/safeway-stakeholders-reject-anti-gmo-labeling-proposal <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A news release from the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) hit my computer Inbox recently which outlined the Safeway grocery store chain&rsquo;s recent rejection of an anti-GMO (genetically-modified organisms) mandatory labeling proposal.</p> <p>At the August Safeway shareholders annual meeting in Pleasanton, Calif., Safeway decided to side with the NCPPR to reject an anti-scientific shareholder proposal to force Safeway to apply labels on products containing GMOs.</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/safeway-stakeholders-reject-anti-gmo-labeling-proposal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/safeway-stakeholders-reject-anti-gmo-labeling-proposal#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 151591 at http://westernfarmpress.com Will the next $7.5B truly flow to where needed? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-next-75b-truly-flow-where-needed <div class="node-body blog-body">When it comes to water and politics we’ve made things way too complicated, and it’s apparently costing California taxpayers billions of dollars. Without patting him on the back or pouring cold water into his arguments, there’s a retired farmer from Central California who’s personally bankrolling an advertising campaign in several large California newspapers to ask a good question: Where has all the money gone that California voters approved over the years for water projects? </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-next-75b-truly-flow-where-needed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-next-75b-truly-flow-where-needed#comments Government Election Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:05:00 +0000 151551 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The State Capitol building in Sacramento, Calif.</p> Road trip: The good, the burnt down, the dried-up http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/road-trip-good-burnt-down-dried <div class="node-body blog-body">A change of scenery is always nice, particularly during Central California’s dog days of summer. I recently got to re-explore the land of exceptional alfalfa hay, horseradish and potatoes, otherwise known as northeastern California. This region can easily be forgotten for its agricultural production if all one focuses on is the high-value counties in the center of the 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/road-trip-good-burnt-down-dried" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/road-trip-good-burnt-down-dried#comments Miscellaneous Drought Farm Press Blog Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:50:00 +0000 151511 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Sacramento River arm of Shasta Lake is nothing but dried and semi-dried mud as drought works to claim the major reservoir. The water level at capacity should be at the top of the channel.</p> Water: California cannot afford misplaced priorities http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/water-california-cannot-afford-misplaced-priorities <div class="node-body blog-body">California cannot afford another year of misplaced priorities and lack of leadership when it comes to 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/water-california-cannot-afford-misplaced-priorities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/water-california-cannot-afford-misplaced-priorities#comments Irrigation Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:46:00 +0000 151151 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Contrasting lawns at California State Capitol. While some have been allowed to die, other show evidence of ample irrigation.</p> Are shorter-term employees in agriculture’s future? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/are-shorter-term-employees-agriculture-s-future <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>One of the great success stories in U.S. business is the financial viability of many agricultural enterprises; in addition to producing crops, livestock, and fiber to feed and clothe the world.</p> <p>Most farms are successful business enterprises &ndash; small and large &ndash; and owe their success to years, decades, and perhaps generations of family experience, top notch employees, perseverance, and making tough &lsquo;make-or-break&rsquo; business decisions.</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/are-shorter-term-employees-agriculture-s-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/are-shorter-term-employees-agriculture-s-future#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:57:00 +0000 151081 at http://westernfarmpress.com How can Ag answer 'so what' question for consumers? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-can-ag-answer-so-what-question-consumers <div class="node-body blog-body">How can agriculture use "bad news" stories as a springboard to educate consumers?</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/how-can-ag-answer-so-what-question-consumers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-can-ag-answer-so-what-question-consumers#comments Miscellaneous Crops Farm Press Blog Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:37:00 +0000 151011 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Why should consumers care about this? Could agriculture be hurting itself by not helping consumers understand the connection between their food supply and challenges faced by farmers?</p> Major media still wrong on agricultural water use http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/major-media-still-wrong-agricultural-water-use <div class="node-body blog-body">State records show that media continue to lie about Calfifornia agriculture's use of irrigation 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/major-media-still-wrong-agricultural-water-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/major-media-still-wrong-agricultural-water-use#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:20:00 +0000 150791 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Drip irrigation is commonly used in California citrus groves.</p> California agriculture takes drought bullet for the State http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-agriculture-takes-drought-bullet-state <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Attempts by the State of California to implement efforts to deal with the state&rsquo;s drought &ndash; a three-year fry affair - get more ludicrous week after week. It&rsquo;s unconscionable how California government turns a mostly deaf ear to water conservation and better water planning for inevitable dry spells by doing little - nada &ndash; zilch &ndash; to help resolve the problem.</p> <p>One of the latest nonsensical ideas is the State Water Resources Control Board&rsquo;s July 15 announced emergency regulation asking urban residents to reduce outside water use or face a fine.</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-takes-drought-bullet-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-agriculture-takes-drought-bullet-state#comments Miscellaneous Drought Farm Press Blog Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:14:00 +0000 150781 at http://westernfarmpress.com Trains, misplaced priorities, and water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/trains-misplaced-priorities-and-water <div class="node-body blog-body">How public policy decisions don't just hurt one industry, but erode public health and safety in the process.</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/trains-misplaced-priorities-and-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/trains-misplaced-priorities-and-water#comments Government Crops Farm Press Blog Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:22:00 +0000 150751 at http://westernfarmpress.com