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Aug 14, 2013

Moonshining loses the bootlegger label

Moonshiners, once with a perpetual ear to the ground, are no longer running from the feds. In short, the bootlegger’s son has gone legit....More
Aug 14, 2013

Attaboys aplenty to California, Arizona cotton industry1

They’re called attaboys; plaques given to folks by organizations to recognize a person’s work or accomplishments....More
Aug 13, 2013

California cotton growers, ginners score victory

California cotton gins receiving power from Southern California Edison will realize a minimum 30 percent break in electrical costs through efforts of....More
Aug 12, 2013

Water the commodity gold of 21st century?2

Forget carbon as a commodity— predictions are flying that water will become a premier market good....More
Aug 09, 2013

Resiliency of growers shines with record crop values

Nearly half of California's $43 billion ag value was generated by three San Joaquin Valley counties in 2012....More
Aug 08, 2013

Bless the bats of agriculture2

Bat appetites for insect destruction translate to about $3.7 billion worth of pest control in North America each year, and that estimate is probably....More
Aug 08, 2013

Can fire ant venom stop plant pathogens?

Fire ant venom could save seeds and seedlings of vegetables, cucurbit, and horticultural crops from pathogen damage....More
Aug 07, 2013

Could desalination technology help California farmers?10

Twin tunnels project proposes massive amounts of water for thirsty California farmers....More
Aug 06, 2013

This little piggy went through the winery

Wineries make economic economic use of oil field technology....More
Aug 06, 2013

Vile dog meat markets still thriving in China5

The dog meat markets in China are a wretched industry. Despite a shift in China’s cultural mores, the dog meat trade is thriving — even celebrated in....More
Aug 06, 2013

Central Coast grape growers want new water district3

Paso Robles vineyard owners seek water district with authority to apportion water and recharge aquifers....More
Aug 05, 2013

Bull market, bitter legacy for opium farmers1

Opium has become the Taliban’s cash cow, and the beast is fatter than ever. The Taliban offer farmers seed, fertilizer, advance payments, protection....More
Aug 01, 2013

Conventional grower inherits puncturevine, mites from organic grower5

If growers want to play in the philosophical organic market, they must follow organic production laws. Organic producers can only use crop protection....More
Aug 01, 2013

In search of the next agricultural museum2

Old photographs of California agriculture illustrate the ever-important roll agriculture has played in the culture of the Golden State....More
Jul 31, 2013

Buffalo bone fertilizer — forgotten days of agriculture

There was once a source of agricultural fertilizer considered too abundant to ever run out — buffalo bones. They lasted all of 20 years....More
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