Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en Desalination makes desert nation water-independent http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/desalination-makes-desert-nation-water-independent <div class="node-body blog-body">Desalination turns desert nation into net water exporter</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/desalination-makes-desert-nation-water-independent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/desalination-makes-desert-nation-water-independent#comments Irrigation Irrigation Farm Press Blog Mon, 04 May 2015 19:25:00 +0000 158241 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Jordan River in Israel. (Photo by Getty Images)</p> Drone technology flying into agriculture at warp speed http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/drone-technology-flying-agriculture-warp-speed <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Take a moment and reflect back to your childhood years &ndash; the &lsquo;good ol&rsquo; days per se when fun was just a toy away.</p> <p>My childhood in the 1960s was filled with simple boy toys, including plastic green army men, which allowed my brother and I to engage in hours-long &lsquo;battles&rsquo; in the backyard sand pile.</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/drone-technology-flying-agriculture-warp-speed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/drone-technology-flying-agriculture-warp-speed#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Fri, 01 May 2015 18:30:00 +0000 158201 at http://westernfarmpress.com What does continued El Nino mean for US weather? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-does-continued-el-nino-mean-us-weather <div class="node-body blog-body">Will a strengthening El Nino mean early autumn rains and enhanced storm track into 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/what-does-continued-el-nino-mean-us-weather" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-does-continued-el-nino-mean-us-weather#comments Miscellaneous El Nino Farm Press Blog Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:52:00 +0000 158141 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Thunderstorm moving across the San Joaquin Valley of California.</p> Fight for water is fracturing agricultural alliances http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fight-water-fracturing-agricultural-alliances <div class="node-body blog-body">Agricultural alliances are being fractured by fight over 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/fight-water-fracturing-agricultural-alliances" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/fight-water-fracturing-agricultural-alliances#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:48:00 +0000 158111 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Internal fighting over water in California is hurting agriculture.</p> American agriculture needs more allies http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/american-agriculture-needs-more-allies <div class="node-body blog-body">American agriculture needs more allies</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/american-agriculture-needs-more-allies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/american-agriculture-needs-more-allies#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Wed, 29 Apr 2015 03:18:00 +0000 158101 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>American agriculture needs allies in all sectors of society.</p> Save the almonds if you want to protect honey bees http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/save-almonds-if-you-want-protect-honey-bees <div class="node-body blog-body">Almond blossoms are said to be a complete food source for honey bees</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/save-almonds-if-you-want-protect-honey-bees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/save-almonds-if-you-want-protect-honey-bees#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Farm Press Blog Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:43:00 +0000 158091 at http://westernfarmpress.com National focus on California drought has its benefits http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/national-focus-california-drought-has-its-benefits <div class="node-body blog-body">National attention of California's drought serves as good conversation-starter</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/national-focus-california-drought-has-its-benefits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/national-focus-california-drought-has-its-benefits#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:27:00 +0000 158051 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>It&#39;s difficult to float your boat without water.</p> California agriculture-drought complaints just don’t hold water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-agriculture-drought-complaints-just-don-t-hold-water <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The California almond industry continues to be challenged by mainstream media and others for its water use in a state trying to keep its &ndash; uh &ndash; head above water during the fourth consecutive year of drought.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not just almonds under public scrutiny but California agriculture as a whole.</p> <p>Those wearing the &lsquo;almond hat&rsquo; can certainly share &lsquo;lids&rsquo; with the western alfalfa industry which gets regular jabs for water used to grow feed for dairy cows to produce milk, ice cream, and other dairy products.</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/california-agriculture-drought-complaints-just-don-t-hold-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-agriculture-drought-complaints-just-don-t-hold-water#comments Miscellaneous Drought Alfalfa Almonds Farm Press Blog Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:06:00 +0000 158011 at http://westernfarmpress.com Addressing climate change one orchard at a time http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/addressing-climate-change-one-orchard-time <div class="node-body blog-body">California farmers fail to get credit for helping address climate change by planting millions of acres of trees.</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/addressing-climate-change-one-orchard-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/addressing-climate-change-one-orchard-time#comments Tree Nuts Sustainable Agriculture Farm Press Blog Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:03:00 +0000 157971 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Like many other trees, almonds have numerous environmental benefits, including aiding air quality, benefiting wildlife and helping to address climate change.</p> California water decisions lead to misplaced outrage http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-water-decisions-lead-misplaced-outrage <div class="node-body blog-body">California's drought and the misplaced outrage over water allocations</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-water-decisions-lead-misplaced-outrage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-water-decisions-lead-misplaced-outrage#comments Irrigation Irrigation Farm Press Blog Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:26:00 +0000 157651 at http://westernfarmpress.com California agriculture's use of water is not the problem http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-agricultures-use-water-not-problem <div class="node-body blog-body">U.S. water policy has pushed humans to secondary users of water behind the environment</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-agricultures-use-water-not-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-agricultures-use-water-not-problem#comments Irrigation Irrigation Farm Press Blog Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 157591 at http://westernfarmpress.com Sticky cotton prevention requires total industry involvement http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sticky-cotton-prevention-requires-total-industry-involvement <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The global agricultural industry has its list of challenges. Quality always remains a top priority across the farming sector, including the cotton industry.</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/sticky-cotton-prevention-requires-total-industry-involvement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sticky-cotton-prevention-requires-total-industry-involvement#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:12:00 +0000 157511 at http://westernfarmpress.com When numbers and stories don't add up to good policy http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/when-numbers-and-stories-dont-add-good-policy <div class="node-body blog-body">California's water policy is failing to help farmers, cities and the environment</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/when-numbers-and-stories-dont-add-good-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/when-numbers-and-stories-dont-add-good-policy#comments Irrigation Irrigation Farm Press Blog Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:52:00 +0000 157431 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>While farmers have had their irrigation sources curtailed, urban residents are merely told to &quot;limit outdoor watering.&quot;</p> State regulators defend California agriculture http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/state-regulators-defend-california-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body">When state regulators defend agriculture the best thing we can do is say 'thank you.'</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/state-regulators-defend-california-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/state-regulators-defend-california-agriculture#comments Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 03 Apr 2015 02:43:00 +0000 157371 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California uses highway signs to state the obvious. Some people think the call to &quot;limit&quot; outdoor watering when farmers have been completely cut off from irrigation water is a bit ironic.</p> 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>