Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en How the well-fed think we need to feed the world http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-well-fed-think-we-need-feed-world <div class="node-body blog-body">Claims that cutting food waste sounds good, but it does little to meet global food demand.</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/how-well-fed-think-we-need-feed-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/how-well-fed-think-we-need-feed-world#comments Miscellaneous Sustainable Agriculture Farm Press Blog Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:24:00 +0000 153161 at http://westernfarmpress.com Sirens, chase turn field day into harrowing experience http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sirens-chase-turn-field-day-harrowing-experience <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We have heard for years that agriculture is the most dangerous occupation amid the many hazards involved in planting, nurturing, harvesting, processing, and transporting a crop for delivery to the grocery store and in the end the consumer&rsquo;s table.</p> <p>This fall, a group of growers found them facing an even more unexpected dangerous situation &ndash; drug smuggling.</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/sirens-chase-turn-field-day-harrowing-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sirens-chase-turn-field-day-harrowing-experience#comments Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:54:00 +0000 153151 at http://westernfarmpress.com Are long-range weather forecasts getting better? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/are-long-range-weather-forecasts-getting-better <div class="node-body blog-body">Some long-range weather forecasters seem to be improving their prediction success.</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/are-long-range-weather-forecasts-getting-better" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/are-long-range-weather-forecasts-getting-better#comments Miscellaneous Forecasting Farm Press Blog Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:25:00 +0000 153121 at http://westernfarmpress.com Could USGS data help California with groundwater law? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/could-usgs-data-help-california-groundwater-law <div class="node-body blog-body">California needs good science to understand underground aquifers. The USGS just might have that information.</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/could-usgs-data-help-california-groundwater-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/could-usgs-data-help-california-groundwater-law#comments Government Legislation Farm Press Blog Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:16:00 +0000 153061 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The US Geological Society not only studies the major collision zones of tectonic plates; it studies water issues as well.</p> Dust Bowl images share resemblance to modern day http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/dust-bowl-images-share-resemblance-modern-day <div class="node-body blog-body">There are striking similarities in the images we saw taken by Dorothea Lange during the Dust Bowl, and those taken in modern-day, drought-ravaged 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/dust-bowl-images-share-resemblance-modern-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/dust-bowl-images-share-resemblance-modern-day#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Wed, 08 Oct 2014 02:11:00 +0000 152991 at http://westernfarmpress.com Will California rainy season begin by Halloween? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-california-rainy-season-begin-halloween <div class="node-body blog-body">Private weather forecasting firm has good track record of long-range prognostications.</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-california-rainy-season-begin-halloween" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-california-rainy-season-begin-halloween#comments Miscellaneous El Nino Farm Press Blog Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:36:00 +0000 152951 at http://westernfarmpress.com No place for fear mongering in organic vs. conventional http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/no-place-fear-mongering-organic-vs-conventional <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Fear can be both a good and horrible feeling which can drive people either to make sensible decisions or those which are shaky, unfounded, and lack substance.</p> <p>Franklin D. Roosevelt, the nation&rsquo;s 32<sup>nd</sup> President who served from 1933-1945, weighed in on the fear factor in his first inaugural speech by saying, the &ldquo;Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.&rdquo;</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/no-place-fear-mongering-organic-vs-conventional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/no-place-fear-mongering-organic-vs-conventional#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:36:00 +0000 152841 at http://westernfarmpress.com California citrus needs urban allies in ACP fight http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-citrus-needs-urban-allies-acp-fight <div class="node-body blog-body">Urban residents in citrus growing region of California claim to have never heard of Asian citrus psyllid or its dangers. This presents an uphill battle for commercial growers in their fight against the psyllid as many citrus trees exist in nearby residential yards.</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-citrus-needs-urban-allies-acp-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-citrus-needs-urban-allies-acp-fight#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Farm Press Blog Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:32:00 +0000 152801 at http://westernfarmpress.com Global climate marches spur more division than debate http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/global-climate-marches-spur-more-division-debate <div class="node-body blog-body">Climate marches spur more division than debate</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/global-climate-marches-spur-more-division-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/global-climate-marches-spur-more-division-debate#comments Miscellaneous Weather Farm Press Blog Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:49:00 +0000 152511 at http://westernfarmpress.com USBR raises fish flows while humans go without water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/usbr-raises-fish-flows-while-humans-go-without-water <div class="node-body blog-body">California should be trucking water in food-grade tankers to residents in need rather than using it to increase fish flows.</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/usbr-raises-fish-flows-while-humans-go-without-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/usbr-raises-fish-flows-while-humans-go-without-water#comments Government Drought Farm Press Blog Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:07:00 +0000 152441 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Sacramento River as it flows into Shasta Lake in August, 2014.</p> Pitahaya fruit a future western Top-10 crop contender? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/pitahaya-fruit-future-western-top-10-crop-contender <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Odds are some of you have never heard of pitahaya fruit. Pitahaya what?</p> <p>My computer Inbox recently included a pitahaya crop meeting notice from University of California (UC) farm advisor Jose Aguiar in Riverside County on an upcoming Pitahaya Fruit Mini Festival in Indio.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve heard of the cactus fruit but have never reported on it. I noticed the first item on the agenda was a pitahaya ice cream testing. It was time to jump in the truck and go. Unfortunately a quick glance at the calendar indicated a schedule conflict.</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/pitahaya-fruit-future-western-top-10-crop-contender" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/pitahaya-fruit-future-western-top-10-crop-contender#comments Miscellaneous Fruits Farm Press Blog Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:37:00 +0000 152411 at http://westernfarmpress.com Does California need more PCAs for ACP fight? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/does-california-need-more-pcas-acp-fight <div class="node-body blog-body">California PCAs say they are "too busy" to employ more aggressive ACP sampling techniques</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/does-california-need-more-pcas-acp-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/does-california-need-more-pcas-acp-fight#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Farm Press Blog Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:47:00 +0000 152291 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Asian citrus psyllid feeds on small tree in a residential southern California neighborhood</p> Did Napa quake unearth groundwater? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/did-napa-quake-unearth-groundwater <div class="node-body blog-body">Did the earthquake in Napa unearth a new supply of water? Why are those creeks flowing then if we're in a drought?</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/did-napa-quake-unearth-groundwater" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/did-napa-quake-unearth-groundwater#comments Miscellaneous Soil Farm Press Blog Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:16:00 +0000 152151 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The San Andreas Fault forms a small creek bed near Parkfield, Calif.</p> DPR report sets record straight on pesticide safety http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/dpr-report-sets-record-straight-pesticide-safety <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Sept. 2 was a great day for California agriculture and a major migraine headache producer for the anti-pesticide crowd.</p> <p>The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced that once again that the vast majority of produce the public agency tested in 2013 had little or no detectable pesticide residues and&hellip;posed no health risks to the public.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s relish those last seven words &ndash; &ldquo;posed no health risks to the public&rdquo; &ndash; magic words in farm speak.</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/dpr-report-sets-record-straight-pesticide-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/dpr-report-sets-record-straight-pesticide-safety#comments Miscellaneous Pesticides Farm Press Blog Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:08:00 +0000 151991 at http://westernfarmpress.com 'We the People' suffer most from California water wars http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/we-people-suffer-most-california-water-wars <div class="node-body blog-body">San Joaquin Valley congressman openly critical of farmers who have concerns over his emergency water legislation</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/we-people-suffer-most-california-water-wars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/we-people-suffer-most-california-water-wars#comments Government Legislation Farm Press Blog Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:27:00 +0000 151881 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Friant Dam and Millerton Lake near Fresno, Calif.</p>