• Sacramento prides itself on local food
    Sep 18, 2016

    The irony of celebrating local food in Sacramento

    Food production doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The right combination of soil, climate and irrigation water that has long-blessed California with such ability however lately it is under siege by lawmakers and regulators who apparently do not believe that domestic production of agricultural goods leads to better food security. Instead, food security and sustainability are merely talking points to be mentioned when politically convenient....More
  • California lettuce harvest could become more expensive under new law
    Sep 12, 2016

    Agriculture reacts to California's new overtime law 2

    That said, Gov. Brown just signed into law AB 1066, a bill that forces farmers to pay their employees overtime after 8 hours per day. Current law exempts agricultural employees from the state’s overtime law. The law will be phased in over the next several years, meaning that farm workers who are not a part of a labor union won’t see the full effects of the law until 2020. Those who work under collective bargaining agreements will see none of this....More
  • Sep 8, 2016

    Can California agriculture remain sustainable? 2

    Citing U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers, the CDFA suggests gross crop values could be down about $9.5 billion from the 2014 figure that came in above $50 billion for the first time in history....More
  • Biologist releasing a Chinook salmon in Butte Creek.
    Aug 29, 2016

    Should California eradicate bass from the Delta? 3

    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....More
  • California State Water Project needs upgrades
    Jul 19, 2016

    Farmers should pay attention to waterless development 3

    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....More
  • Apr 6, 2016

    Water decision another nail in agriculture's coffin 12

    Water decision another nail in agriculture's coffin...More
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