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Dec 04, 2016

New website design to improve your reading experience

We’ve opened the Western Farm Press toolbox and retooled our website and magazine. You’ll see quite a few changes. This is part of a new....More
Dec 02, 2016

Arizona cotton leader Rick Lavis succumbs to cancer

Arizona agriculture has lost a great leader and stalwart - Mr. Rick Lavis - to the dreaded ‘C’ – cancer. For 36 years, Lavis led....More
California regulators seem eager to stop farmers from irrigating crops
Nov 29, 2016

When drought becomes a weapon of mass destruction

While it’s being called the wettest start in 30 years, some almost seem to be egging on the drought by reminding us that we could end up in our fifth....More
Nov 22, 2016

Pesticides give consumers pest-free produce they want

A thought occurred to me the other day while listening to a farm advisor talk pest control in vegetable crops. As farm advisors are good for, the....More
California-grown pistachios ripen on the tree
Nov 17, 2016

Marketing efforts need to get more nuts

If numbers hold, the combined production of U.S. walnuts, almonds and pistachios could be well over four billion pounds. That says at least two....More
Nov 11, 2016

Ballot box still best way to exercise political beliefs

In my lifetime and that’s a lot of years, I’ve voted in nearly every political election held at the local, state, and national levels. My....More
Many California roads have not been maintained in decades
Nov 10, 2016

Could California transportation bill pave farm exodus?1

The Fresno-based Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) reports that the governor and legislature are getting ready to promote a $7.4....More
Shasta Lake filled to near-capacity in early 2016
Nov 02, 2016

Did record Northern California rains end the drought?1

It’s no secret that the weather can be fickle, if not downright inexcusable. We’ve seen some areas of the continental United States....More
California is the largest producer of processing tomatoes in the USA
Oct 19, 2016

California agricultural losses were largely predictable

Of all the impacts California’s climatic and regulatory drought had on the state in 2015, there’s one number that should be reflective of....More
Farms near schools targeted for tighter restrictions
Oct 19, 2016

Reaction: tighter state rules on pesticides 'unnecessary'1

Agriculture says DPR plan to further restrict pesticide use near schools is completely "unnecessary" and does not factor in local control and success....More
State water officials likely won't stop with the Tuolumne River
Oct 15, 2016

Are farmers, San Francisco up the same river?

Rather than call out the hypocrisy of San Francisco’s complaint that losing nearly half of its Tuolumne River water to the State Water Board....More
Blue Diamond Almonds will be prominently featured on NBA jerseys in 2017 season
Oct 12, 2016

Blue Diamond takes marketing game to the NBA level

Fresh off of sponsorship programs with U.S. Olympic swim and volleyball teams, Blue Diamond Almonds upped its game to include a California NBA....More
Are current communications efforts by American agriculture profitable?
Oct 05, 2016

Do the 'conversations' about agriculture have good ROI?

For me the bad taste started when panelist Bruce Goldstein, president, Farmworker Justice, implied bribery and other illegal activities between....More
How long can California remain an agricultural giant in America?
Oct 03, 2016

Could California's attack on agriculture be fatal blow?

The next California exodus could be almost biblical in proportion given that every one of those leaving will have effectively one thing in common:....More
American agriculture uses high-technology to stay in business
Sep 28, 2016

How to help public understand agricultural complexities1

“Many food shoppers have difficulty comprehending the scale and complexity facing modern farmers,” Lusk writes. Therein lays the problem – and a....More
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