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  • Jan 20, 2015

    98 percent of U.S. cotton farms are family operated

    Newspaper, website, and magazine headlines which assert that corporations - not families – operate the majority of U.S. farms are simply preposterous. Most farmers and ranchers already know this yet it is disheartening how many of the John Q. Public falls for such nonsense. If you have never heard of George Frisvold, remember his name. Frisvold is a professor and Cooperative Extension specialist with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona....More
  • Jan 15, 2015

    Mark Watte: Growing cotton in California's southern San Joaquin Valley

    Cotton runs deep in the veins of the Watte family of Tulare, Calif. as the family planted the first seed 56 years ago (1959). In 2014, the family grew about 1,200 acres of Pima and Upland-type cottons....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 for a new seedling to break through the soil’s crust; and the sights of watching a picker, combine, shaker, human hands, or other harvest ways deliver the season’s bounty. I was recently snapping photos during a Pima cotton harvest and suddenly stopped - just watched and listened. Harvest was not only a portrait for the eyes; it was also a well-orchestrated and timed event, and rural music to the ears....More
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