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American agriculture uses high-technology to stay in business
Sep 28, 2016

How to help public understand agricultural complexities

“Many food shoppers have difficulty comprehending the scale and complexity facing modern farmers,” Lusk writes. Therein lays the problem – and a....More
Sep 27, 2016

Market forces will decide future of guayule production

Western Farm Press published several articles and photo galleries over the last month on a new crop option – guayule – which could be....More
Sacramento prides itself on local food
Sep 18, 2016

The irony of celebrating local food in Sacramento

Food production doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The right combination of soil, climate and irrigation water that has long-blessed California with such....More
Sep 16, 2016

Organic movement is paying a big price1

I confess. I bought organic. I really had no choice if I wanted to buy raisins at Costco. Organic Sun-Maid raisins are the only raisins the biggest....More
Sep 13, 2016

Government actions can sway Calif. growers to move4

For California farmers, recent decisions by the state’s legislative and executive branches of government, including Governor Brown’s....More
Irrigation water is important to California's economy
Sep 13, 2016

When agriculture succeeds we all prosper

Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner Les Wright likes to point out that his county’s drop to the No. 3 slot is completely due to water as growers....More
California lettuce harvest could become more expensive under new law
Sep 12, 2016

Agriculture reacts to California's new overtime law2

That said, Gov. Brown just signed into law AB 1066, a bill that forces farmers to pay their employees overtime after 8 hours per day. Current law....More
Flooded roadway
Sep 11, 2016

Will West see good winter without El Niño-La Niña?

Remember about this time last year when we were told to brace ourselves for an epic El Niño, the likes of which we may have never seen?....More
Sep 08, 2016

Can California agriculture remain sustainable?2

Citing U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers, the CDFA suggests gross crop values could be down about $9.5 billion from the 2014 figure that came in....More
Biologist releasing a Chinook salmon in Butte Creek.
Aug 29, 2016

Should California eradicate bass from the Delta?3

It’s rather ironic that one state agency and its agricultural and research partners can be hailed for eliminating an invasive species, while....More
Aug 17, 2016

Central Valley’s Highway 99 becoming parking lot2

A recent commentary where I supported California’s High Speed Rail (HSR) has led to the accusation that I have been “Drinking the Kool-....More
Aug 16, 2016

VCRs, funeral, and a new strawberry transplanter

The VCR is dead – toast. It’s time for the funeral. The videocassette recorder, for those old enough to remember this incredible....More
Lake Mead falls to historic lows
Aug 16, 2016

Farmers' Almanac calls for wet western winter

Farmers' Almanac predicts cold,wet winter for much of the country in 2016-17....More
PETA seeks memorial to chickens killed in highway crash
Aug 11, 2016

Is a chicken restaurant on Hwy 99 a just memorial?

PETA wants memorial erected to commemorate chickens that died in a highway crash....More
Aug 11, 2016

Upland cotton’s sad plight a wake-up call4

USDA is doling out $300 million to support American Upland cotton producers. The agency is calling it “Cotton Ginning Cost Share.” I call....More
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