Farm Press Blog en Should California eradicate bass from the Delta? <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s rather ironic that one state agency and its agricultural and research partners can be hailed for eliminating an invasive species, while elsewhere in Sacramento other government officials are trying to protect invasive species to the detriment of native species and human beings. I’m referring to the recent announcement that California eradicated the European grapevine moth, a pest native to Europe that several years ago was found in a Napa County vineyard after it destroyed an 11-acre block of Chardonnay grapes. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Government Farm Press Blog Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:30:00 +0000 169461 at <p>Biologist releasing a Chinook salmon in Butte Creek. California Department of Fish and Game <a href="">photo by Harry Morse</a>. Photo used under creative commons license.</p> Central Valley’s Highway 99 becoming parking lot <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A recent commentary where I supported California&rsquo;s High Speed Rail (HSR) has led to the accusation that I have been &ldquo;Drinking the Kool-Aid.&rdquo;</p> <p>I would not go that far. HSR is an expensive boondoggle that no doubt needs changing, but I do wholeheartedly support development of alternative transportation like rail in a state that is choking to death on vehicle traffic.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:03:00 +0000 169301 at VCRs, funeral, and a new strawberry transplanter <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The VCR is dead &ndash; toast. It&rsquo;s time for the funeral. The videocassette recorder, for those old enough to remember this incredible technological innovation born almost 60 years ago, is dead. R.I.P.</p> <p>The last company to make the VCR &ndash; Funai &ndash; removed the VCR&rsquo;s life support last month, technology that likely led the way to modern tech including video cameras, smartphones, and MP3 files.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Cotton Fruits Farm Press Blog Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:43:00 +0000 169211 at <p>Photo: Ian Waldie, Getty Images</p> Farmers' Almanac calls for wet western winter <div class="node-body blog-body">Farmers' Almanac predicts cold,wet winter for much of the country in 2016-17</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Precipitation Farm Press Blog Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:35:00 +0000 169201 at Is a chicken restaurant on Hwy 99 a just memorial? <div class="node-body blog-body">PETA wants memorial erected to commemorate chickens that died in a highway crash.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Groups & Organizations Farm Press Blog Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:28:00 +0000 169151 at <p>PETA wants memorial built to chickens killed in highway crash. <em>Photo by David McNew/Getty Images</em></p> Upland cotton’s sad plight a wake-up call <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>USDA is doling out $300 million to support American Upland cotton producers. The agency is calling it &ldquo;Cotton Ginning Cost Share.&rdquo; I call it &ldquo;hang in there survival payments.&rdquo;</p> <p>The lines to receive checks will short in California and Arizona where there is less than 200,000 acres of Upland cotton grown this season. The few remaining Far West Upland growers are eligible to receive $97.41 per acre, only enough to pay a year&rsquo;s property taxes or maybe a defoliation or two. It&rsquo;s really not enough to mess with the paperwork.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Farm Press Blog Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:36:00 +0000 169141 at Producer tours are invaluable for the information shared <div class="node-body blog-body">I’ve come to learn that agriculture is more about people –food is our common bond. Watching and listening to the interactions between California farmers and their counterparts from various cotton-growing regions in the country is interesting.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Crops Farm Press Blog Fri, 05 Aug 2016 23:44:00 +0000 169021 at Website invites consumers to see food price mark-ups <div class="node-body blog-body">The California-based Western Growers Association recently revamped its “Produce Price Index” (PPI) website to allow consumers to easily identify the price difference between what customers pay at grocery stores for fresh produce and what farmers actually receive for their products.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Crops Farm Press Blog Mon, 01 Aug 2016 22:50:00 +0000 168851 at Fear mongering $$$ better spent on solving hunger <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Unless you&rsquo;ve been hiding under a rock (with all of the violent atrocities occurring daily around the world lately I wouldn&rsquo;t blame you), you&rsquo;re likely aware the United States will soon enact a law on enacting GMO (genetically engineered) food labeling.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:51:00 +0000 168831 at <p>Photo: Spencer Platt, Getty Images.</p> How dairy declines could impact other crops <div class="node-body blog-body">The California dairy industry is declining under the weight of unprofitable and unsustainable milk prices</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Business Farm Press Blog Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:48:00 +0000 168631 at NCC tour creates better cotton producers, leaders <div class="node-body blog-body">The June trip included about a dozen cotton growers from across the cotton belt – from Arizona to Georgia and many states in between. They traveled by bus across southeastern Idaho. The vehicle’s bug-hit windshield was evidence of the 1,100-mile adventure.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:06:00 +0000 168621 at <p><strong>The National Cotton Council&rsquo;s 10<sup>th</sup> annual Multi-Commodity Exchange Program, sponsored by John Deere, included from left: front row &ndash; Allan Fuchs, Garden City, Texas; Kelly Olson, Boise, Idaho; Jim Whitaker, McGehee, Ark.; Andrew Grobmeyer, Little Rock, Ark.; Curtis Berry, Robinsonville, Miss.; Stacey Satterlee, Boise, Idaho; Lee Cromley, Brooklet, Ga.; and Craig Brown, Memphis, Tenn. Back row: Tommy Moore, Somerville, Tenn.; Barry Evans, Kress, Texas; Steve Olson, Plainview, Texas; Herbert Price, Dixie, Ga.; John Gibson, Memphis, Tenn.; Sam Spruell, Mt. Hope, Ala.; Dean Wells, Casa Grande, Ariz.; and Justin Place, Hamer, Idaho.&nbsp;</strong></p> Farmers should pay attention to waterless development <div class="node-body blog-body">Proposing new urban development in the California desert without a source of sustainable water defies logic and flies in the face of what the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act purports to accomplish.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Government Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:22:00 +0000 168611 at <p>California has not significantly improved its water infrastructure system since the State Water Project was built in the 1960s.</p> Get that DNA out of my food! <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Eighty percent of consumers polled in a recent Oklahoma State University survey didn&rsquo;t want no stinkin&rsquo; deoxyribonucleic acid in their food<em>.</em></p> <p>Labels on all food containing it. Better yet, signs on every supermarket aisle. It&rsquo;s in everything.</p> <p>What is this dastardly substance? It&rsquo;s DNA, the genetic material that determines the makeup of all living cells, yet more than 75 percent of consumers in the OSU survey said they do not want it in their food. No DNA - no food - and no people.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grapes Almonds Citrus Crops Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Farm Press Blog Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:18:00 +0000 168571 at <p>Getty Images</p> Senators seek to preempt states from GMO laws <div class="node-body blog-body">Senators Roberts and Stabenow push for GMO preemption legislation</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:59:00 +0000 168271 at El Niño or La Niña: California unprepared for both <div class="node-body blog-body">Regardless of the Spanish-named climatic condition, California is unprepared to help its residents weather both</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Farm Press Blog Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:41:00 +0000 168291 at