Farm Press Blog The Farm Press Daily Blog en Arizona cotton leader Rick Lavis succumbs to cancer <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Arizona agriculture has lost a great leader and stalwart - Mr. Rick Lavis - to the dreaded &lsquo;C&rsquo; &ndash; cancer. For 36 years, Lavis led the Arizona Cotton Growers Association as the grower group&rsquo;s executive vice-president where he strongly advocated for producer success.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Farm Press Blog Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:53:00 +0000 171511 at <p><strong>Rick Lavis, executive vice-president of the Arizona Cotton Growers Association, succumbed to cancer in late November. A memorial service for Lavis will be held Jan. 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at All Saints&rsquo; Episcopal Church, 6300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Ariz.&nbsp;</strong></p> When drought becomes a weapon of mass destruction <div class="node-body blog-body">While it’s being called the wettest start in 30 years, some almost seem to be egging on the drought by reminding us that we could end up in our fifth year of it on short notice. While the federal government’s drought watch shows much of California still in some semblance of drought, the northern California counties of Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Humboldt and Trinity are no longer officially in drought conditions. As for the rest of the state, a smaller portion of it is considered under the most-severe of conditions than we saw a year ago. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulatory Drought Farm Press Blog Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:40:00 +0000 171451 at Pesticides give consumers pest-free produce they want <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A thought occurred to me the other day while listening to a farm advisor talk pest control in vegetable crops.</p> <p>As farm advisors are good for, the PowerPoint presentation was peppered with data that need to be explained and photographs that didn&rsquo;t. I&rsquo;m going to talk about the photos that didn&rsquo;t need explaining and &lsquo;splain them anyway.</p> <p>One such photo included a large head of romaine lettuce infested with a bunch of tiny bugs. Then the though occurred.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Pesticides Farm Press Blog Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:33:00 +0000 171351 at Marketing efforts need to get more nuts <div class="node-body blog-body">If numbers hold, the combined production of U.S. walnuts, almonds and pistachios could be well over four billion pounds. That says at least two things: marketing efforts must continue to grow; and, processing capacity will need to keep pace with the higher volumes. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orchard Crops Nuts Farm Press Blog Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:36:00 +0000 171251 at Ballot box still best way to exercise political beliefs <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In my lifetime and that&rsquo;s a lot of years, I&rsquo;ve voted in nearly every political election held at the local, state, and national levels. My intent is not to brag but only to illustrate the importance of casting votes on those seeking public office and the issues which impact our future.</p> <p>In my book, the right to vote is more than a right &ndash; it&rsquo;s a privilege. Our nation was founded in part on the principle that &lsquo;We the People&rsquo; should exercise our opinions on issues.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Farm Press Blog Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:44:00 +0000 171191 at <p>Drew Angerer, Getty Images.</p> Could California transportation bill pave farm exodus? <div class="node-body blog-body">The Fresno-based Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA) reports that the governor and legislature are getting ready to promote a $7.4 billion transportation bill said to address deferred maintenance from local roads to state highways.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulatory Legislation Farm Press Blog Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:13:00 +0000 171161 at Did record Northern California rains end the drought? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It&rsquo;s no secret that the weather can be fickle, if not downright inexcusable.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve seen some areas of the continental United States suffer under significant drought while others experience rainfall of biblical proportions. If only a happy medium could be reached between the two, but who am I kidding?</p> <p>Though not on the proportions other parts of the country recently saw with massive rain and flooding, California opened the first month of its water year (October) with one of the wettest months on record.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulatory Precipitation Farm Press Blog Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:50:00 +0000 171041 at California agricultural losses were largely predictable <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Of all the impacts California&rsquo;s climatic and regulatory drought had on the state in 2015, there&rsquo;s one number that should be reflective of the state&rsquo;s refusal to deliver irrigation water to Central Valley farmers.</p> <p>Earlier this month the last of the eight San Joaquin Valley counties submitted their annual livestock and crop reports to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. These reports are required by law and can be easily found online.</p> <p>The numbers are disappointing, but not surprising.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Crops Farm Press Blog Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:39:00 +0000 170601 at Reaction: tighter state rules on pesticides 'unnecessary' <div class="node-body blog-body">Agriculture says DPR plan to further restrict pesticide use near schools is completely "unnecessary" and does not factor in local control and success</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulatory Chemicals Farm Press Blog Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:21:00 +0000 170361 at Are farmers, San Francisco up the same river? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Rather than call out the hypocrisy of San Francisco&rsquo;s complaint that losing nearly half of its Tuolumne River water to the State Water Board and environmental activists, let&rsquo;s see these concerns as a &ldquo;glass half-full&rdquo; opportunity.</p> <p>According to the San Francisco Chronicle&rsquo;s opinion page, the city/county&rsquo;s public utilities commission is concerned about losing much of its water to a state water grab with strong concerns rippling across the state.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulatory Regulations Farm Press Blog Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:20:00 +0000 170541 at