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Dec 11, 2014

It’s Christmas time – from a tree grower’s perspective

Halleluiah, its Christmas time. The weather has cooled (too little or too much depending on where you live). In less snow-covered areas, fallen....More
Dec 02, 2014

California raises wine glasses in toast of rain

Forecasters somewhat optimistic about chance of rain in California....More
Nov 24, 2014

Counting America's agricultural blessings

America's agricultural blessings mean more than sustenance for a growing population....More
Can agriculture be a good source of carbon credits?
Nov 23, 2014

Who determines the value of carbon credits?

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-....More
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Nov 18, 2014

School is for factual learning, not anti-GMO rhetoric

As an agricultural journalist, I receive my fair share of e-mails and phone calls on the GMO (genetically-modified organism) issue – both pro....More
Nov 18, 2014

World peace threatened by loss of chocolate

Chocolate makers concerned about loss of cocoa trees around the world....More
Nov 16, 2014

Fall harvest, football, turkey, and year-round thanks

Hooray – it’s harvest season for many in agriculture. For many growers, the most satisfying times during the crop cycle include watching....More
Three Shastas suffer through season of drought
Nov 11, 2014

Best use of water bond money now at forefront

Now that California's water bond has passed the hard work of targeting money to worthwhile projects begins....More
Nov 04, 2014

When 50, 40 and 10 don't add up in policy decisions

Conservation alone cannot free up enough water for a growing state and economy, yet that's the premise California leaders want you to believe....More
Shasta Lake fell to near-record lake levels in the summer of 2014.
Oct 31, 2014

Is urban water district prematurely counting rain drops?

Could Metropolitan Water District be counting rain drops before northern California lakes have a chance to rise in response to storms?....More
Dry California lakebed
Oct 24, 2014

What happens when false premises set public policy?

Political leaders unwilling to set aside political bias in scientific discussions should be voted out or removed from office....More
Oct 22, 2014

Proposition 1 water bond a step forward for California agriculture

Individual farmers and ranchers living through California’s drought crisis understand the real economic impact of the last three years of....More
Nearly 1 million acres of farmland sat fallow in California in 2014
Oct 13, 2014

How the well-fed think we need to feed the world

Claims that cutting food waste sounds good, but it does little to meet global food demand....More
Oct 10, 2014

Sirens, chase turn field day into harrowing experience

We have heard for years that agriculture is the most dangerous occupation amid the many hazards involved in planting, nurturing, harvesting,....More
Oct 09, 2014

Are long-range weather forecasts getting better?

Some long-range weather forecasters seem to be improving their prediction success....More
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