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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?

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 China

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 district

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 farmers

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 grower

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 museum

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
Jul 31, 2013

Farmers return fire at Panera Bread Company

Panera Bread Company recently garnered heavy return fire on Twitter and elsewhere after the company posted some over-the-top insinuations about the....More
Jul 30, 2013

Do regulators really believe what they say?

California has much to celebrate when it comes to agriculture, and not simply the billions of dollars in gross farm receipts or the over $100 billion....More
Jul 30, 2013

Agriculture's next big challenge and social media

Media is the next big challenge for agriculture as we figure out ways to communicate with and listen to our customers....More
Jul 29, 2013

Agriculture waiting on Silicon Valley moment

Agriculture technology has flown under the investment radar for a long while; but no more. A new breed of investors have burst out of the gate — eyes....More
Jul 26, 2013

Re-inventing a Central Coast wine grape vineyard

Over the last few days, I have travelled hundreds of miles zigzagging across farm regions in several California Central Coast counties as the....More
Jul 26, 2013

I don't pick it, pull it, pluck it, plow it or plant it

I am not a farmer. I did not grow up on a farm. I was not raised in a barn....More
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