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Jul 30, 2014

Are shorter-term employees in agriculture’s future?

One of the great success stories in U.S. business is the financial viability of many agricultural enterprises; in addition to producing crops,....More
Asian citrus psyllid
Jul 25, 2014

How can Ag answer 'so what' question for consumers?

How can agriculture use "bad news" stories as a springboard to educate consumers?....More
Drip irrigation is commonly used in California citrus groves
Jul 18, 2014

Major media still wrong on agricultural water use

State records show that media continue to lie about Calfifornia agriculture's use of irrigation water....More
Jul 17, 2014

California agriculture takes drought bullet for the State

Attempts by the State of California to implement efforts to deal with the state’s drought – a three-year fry affair - get more ludicrous....More
US Capitol steps
Jul 16, 2014

Trains, misplaced priorities, and water

How public policy decisions don't just hurt one industry, but erode public health and safety in the process....More
Jul 08, 2014

Pink bollworm and the champagne cork-popping chorus

If any Hollywood movie producers or wannabes are reading this column, read closely. You have the opportunity (and the advance notice) to capture and....More
Where do we go from here?
Jul 03, 2014

Agriculture has opportunity to shape important debates

California agriculture has golden opportunity to shape important debates....More
Jun 24, 2014

Will the Asian citrus psyllid be Gov. Brown's Medfly 2.0?

First the governor, now the California legislature opts to not spend more money on fight against the Asian citrus psyllid....More
California produces an abundance of fresh, healthy food.
Jun 23, 2014

Organic versus conventional divide not helping agriculture

Dividing agriculture between organic and conventional - big and small - does little good to promote utilitarian agricultural policy in the U.S....More
U.S. Capitol building
Jun 19, 2014

Will new House leader be good for California Ag?

Will Rep. Kevin McCarthy's ascension to House Majority Leader post bode well for California agriculture given that he represents some of the richest....More
Jun 18, 2014

Will hoverbike land in agriculture’s technology ‘toy chest’?

While it’s only summertime, all I want for Christmas is the new Aero-X hoverbike. It’s not too early to add this aerial hoverbike to my....More
A no-till cotton trial in Central California
Jun 18, 2014

Could more dryland farming be in California's future?

Could California farming's reliance on irrigation technologies and infrastructure be blamed for lower adoption rates of conservation tillage and....More
Loaded almond branch
Jun 10, 2014

Is the almond cart currently ahead of the water wagon?

Water availability is the biggest kink in the almond supply chain in California....More
The Mayberry Cafe, Danville, Ind.
May 28, 2014

Summertime: Mayberry Café and the Land “O” Nod Motel

The Mayberry Café and weekend celebration were a fitting tribute to the old Andy Griffith television program which featured ‘Sheriff Without a Gun’....More
Hamburger and fries
May 19, 2014

Crow and feet are a tough diet for Ag reporters

Crow and feet are a tough diet for Ag reporters... and hard to chew too....More
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