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May 12, 2011

Fill up the tank with Chardonnay; a world powered on wine

I can see it now. Instead of regular, super regular and premium; the pump would read Selma Thompson regular; Lodi Zinfandel or Santa Barbara Pinot....More
Apr 25, 2011

As food prices move upward, farmer's share budges little

Last month saw wholesale food prices record the largest increase in 36 years, and industry analysts’ crystal balls don’t foresee how much more they’....More
Apr 20, 2011

Farm visit is ideal Earth Day activity

I celebrated Earth Day a few days early this year – Tuesday, April 19....More
Apr 19, 2011

Pink bollworm control: greatest environmental story seldom told

The grower-funded pink bollworm program unquestionably not only saved the SJV cotton industry, but spared the environment literally tons of....More
Apr 15, 2011

Elimination of infrastructure support: Is that what voters meant last November?

Elimination of infrastructure support: Is that what voters meant last November?....More
Apr 11, 2011

Is this what you voted for in November?

House Republicans and Senate Democrats reach compromise on continuing resolution to fund the federal government....More
Apr 06, 2011

It will take more than a wet year to end California drought

Everything is green. Soil profiles are full. Lakes are dam-top full. Rivers are flowing bank-to-bank, and it’s just mid-April. It has been so wet;....More
Apr 01, 2011

Winter weather worthy of celebration for most

Record-setting rainfall helped fill reservoirs in the West with snow melt certain to enhance the levels....More
Mar 31, 2011

An energy-independent U.S.

President Obama, in a speech today outlining his administration’s national energy policy, set a goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third over....More
Mar 25, 2011

Solution for escalating food costs: Let 'em eat iPads

Starting with the 1973 Arab oil embargo, which set energy prices on their upward spiral, costs for everything have inflated as companies increased....More
Mar 22, 2011

Facts distorted again in second RR alfalfa lawsuit

As expected, the Center for Food Safety (CFS), along with a similar radical group, Earthjustice, has filed another lawsuit to try a second time to....More
Mar 21, 2011

Annual exercise in frustration: calculating the income tax bill

Could the taxation process be made simpler? Of course it could. But how much screaming would arise from the many thousands of tax prep businesses —....More
Mar 21, 2011

We appreciate your calls and e-mails

Some interesting communiqués have arrived via phone and email over the past week or so, some in response to the article I wrote recently on my mother....More
Mar 09, 2011

Sustainable agriculture warm, fuzzy, indefinable

Sustainable agriculture cannot be clearly defined--yet it is a warm and fuzzy term to consumers, especially since the alternative is unsustainable....More
Mar 07, 2011

Food vs. population: Malthus 200 years later

“By 2050, we will not have a planet left that is recognizable” if current food trends continue, said Jason Clay at the annual conference of the....More
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