Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en What if California stopped growing food for consumers? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-if-california-stopped-growing-food-consumers <div class="node-body blog-body">Could drought be an open door to beginning policy discussion on very basic questions about water?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-if-california-stopped-growing-food-consumers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-if-california-stopped-growing-food-consumers#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000 157101 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span>Mature cabbage and red and yellow onions for sale at Jack London Square, Oakland, Calif.&nbsp;<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">USDA photo by Lance Cheung.</a></span></p> Activist groups not much different than a fly http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/activist-groups-not-much-different-fly <div class="node-body blog-body">Mission statements of activist groups don't match their true motives</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/activist-groups-not-much-different-fly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/activist-groups-not-much-different-fly#comments Miscellaneous Groups & Organizations Farm Press Blog Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:50:00 +0000 157071 at http://westernfarmpress.com Agriculturalists weigh in, discuss mandatory GMO labeling issue http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculturalists-weigh-discuss-mandatory-gmo-labeling-issue <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In recent months, two speakers at major farm industry events held in the West shared their thoughts on the proposed mandatory labeling of food products grown with genetically-modified traits.</p> <p>The speakers included y included: James Borel, executive vice-president of the DuPont company; and Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis Cooperative Extension specialist who specializes in animal genomics and biotechnology.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculturalists-weigh-discuss-mandatory-gmo-labeling-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculturalists-weigh-discuss-mandatory-gmo-labeling-issue#comments Government Plant and Animal Health Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:17:00 +0000 156971 at http://westernfarmpress.com Remembering Kennedy's words on National Ag Day http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/remembering-kennedys-words-national-ag-day <div class="node-body blog-body">On National Ag Day we remember the words of President Kennedy at San Luis Dam dedication</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/remembering-kennedys-words-national-ag-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/remembering-kennedys-words-national-ag-day#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:48:00 +0000 156951 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', sans-serif; font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, left, with President John F. Kennedy in Palm Springs, Calif.</span>&nbsp;</p> California's lack of embarrassment is appalling http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/californias-lack-embarrassment-appalling <div class="node-body blog-body">Third world water conditions exist in same state responsible for the personal computer</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/californias-lack-embarrassment-appalling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/californias-lack-embarrassment-appalling#comments Irrigation Farm Press Blog Mon, 09 Mar 2015 23:24:00 +0000 156641 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California lawmakers appear unwilling to address common sense mitigation measures to drought. <em>Photo by USDA.</em></p> Join us for California and Arizona's near-perfect weather http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/join-us-california-and-arizonas-near-perfect-weather <div class="node-body blog-body">While East Coast shivers California and Arizona bask under near-perfect weather.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/join-us-california-and-arizonas-near-perfect-weather" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/join-us-california-and-arizonas-near-perfect-weather#comments Miscellaneous Weather Farm Press Blog Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:18:00 +0000 156631 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>While much of the United States shivers under ice and snow, California and Arizona residents are enjoying near-perfect springtime weather.</p> 'Mr. Spock’s death a reminder of life-changing scientific strides http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/mr-spock-s-death-reminder-life-changing-scientific-strides <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I&rsquo;ve always been interested in science, the future, and wondering about how the next great invention could reshape the world.</p> <p>Television actor Leonard Nimoy, who died recently and portrayed Mr. Spock as the science officer on the original TV series &lsquo;Star Trek,&rsquo; piqued my interest as a teenager in science and the space, &#39;the final frontier.&#39;</p> <p>I remember the TV show&rsquo;s chief medical officer (Forest DeKelley) waving a hand-held device over an ailing patient and instantly gaining the prognosis. Just television&hellip;right? Wrong.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/mr-spock-s-death-reminder-life-changing-scientific-strides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/mr-spock-s-death-reminder-life-changing-scientific-strides#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:05:00 +0000 156501 at http://westernfarmpress.com World Ag Expo a venue for new ideas about agriculture http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/world-ag-expo-venue-new-ideas-about-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body">World Ag Expo offers excellent venue for new ideas to help American agriculture succeed</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/world-ag-expo-venue-new-ideas-about-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/world-ag-expo-venue-new-ideas-about-agriculture#comments Miscellaneous Business Farm Press Blog Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:15:00 +0000 156391 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>From left, California FFA Delegation: Roman Wakiewicz, treasurer, Elk Grove; Haley Warner, vice president, Angels Camp; Dipak Kumar, president, Tulare; Sierra Bryant, secretary, Templeton; Ellen Van Noy, reporter, Grass Valley; Luis Sanchez, seninel, Gonzalez.</p> Labor union action harms economy, national security http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/labor-union-action-harms-economy-national-security <div class="node-body blog-body">West Coast ports work stoppage is harming economy and national security</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/labor-union-action-harms-economy-national-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/labor-union-action-harms-economy-national-security#comments Markets Import and Export Farm Press Blog Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:39:00 +0000 156201 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Container ships at the Port of Oakland go unloaded tied to the union dockworker work slowdown. <em>Photo by Getty Images.</em></p> West Coast ports stoppage ripples inland with layoffs http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/west-coast-ports-stoppage-ripples-inland-layoffs <div class="node-body blog-body">West Coast ports shutdown forces California food processors to close shop until stoppage is over</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/west-coast-ports-stoppage-ripples-inland-layoffs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/west-coast-ports-stoppage-ripples-inland-layoffs#comments Markets Business Farm Press Blog Fri, 06 Feb 2015 03:04:00 +0000 155931 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Container ships sit idle at the Port of Oakland because of a dockworker strike. <em>Photo by Getty Images</em></p> People can't drink studies: they need water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/people-cant-drink-studies-they-need-water <div class="node-body blog-body">California can ill-afford to waste more time on studies as wells go dry and third-world conditions expand in the Golden State</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/people-cant-drink-studies-they-need-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/people-cant-drink-studies-they-need-water#comments Irrigation Regulations Farm Press Blog Mon, 02 Feb 2015 23:15:00 +0000 155841 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Sacramento River at Red Bluff.</p> Newspapers challenge California to see need for water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/newspapers-challenge-california-see-need-water <div class="node-body blog-body">Newspaper editorials begin to challenge public thought on how water is currently used in California</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/newspapers-challenge-california-see-need-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/newspapers-challenge-california-see-need-water#comments Irrigation Regulations Farm Press Blog Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:49:00 +0000 155751 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Irrigation water in a California canal</p> 98 percent of U.S. cotton farms are family operated http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/98-percent-us-cotton-farms-are-family-operated <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Newspaper, website, and magazine headlines which assert that corporations - not families &ndash; 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.</p> <p>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.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/98-percent-us-cotton-farms-are-family-operated" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/98-percent-us-cotton-farms-are-family-operated#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:33:00 +0000 155541 at http://westernfarmpress.com Will drought, ports issue create 'Perfect Storm' for Ag? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-drought-ports-issue-create-perfect-storm-ag <div class="node-body blog-body">Does the ports slowdown and drought combine to create 'perfect storm' for American agriculture?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-drought-ports-issue-create-perfect-storm-ag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-drought-ports-issue-create-perfect-storm-ag#comments Miscellaneous Crops Farm Press Blog Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:23:00 +0000 155501 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Is a &#39;perfect storm&#39; brewing over American agriculture?</p> California has no future without sustainable water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-has-no-future-without-sustainable-water <div class="node-body blog-body">Building High Speed Rail without providing adequate water for California is irresponsible</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-has-no-future-without-sustainable-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-has-no-future-without-sustainable-water#comments Irrigation Crops Farm Press Blog Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:03:00 +0000 155221 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Without sustainable water for farming, crops like this citrus grove in Central California will die and domestic food security will suffer.</p>