• State water officials likely won't stop with the Tuolumne River
    Oct 15, 2016

    Are farmers, San Francisco up the same river?

    Rather than call out the hypocrisy of San Francisco’s complaint that losing nearly half of its Tuolumne River water to the State Water Board and environmental activists, let’s see these concerns as a “glass half-full” opportunity. According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s opinion page, the city/county’s public utilities commission is concerned about losing much of its water to a state water grab with strong concerns rippling across the state....More
  • How long can California remain an agricultural giant in America?
    Oct 3, 2016

    Could California's attack on agriculture be fatal blow?

    The next California exodus could be almost biblical in proportion given that every one of those leaving will have effectively one thing in common: they once profitably produced food and fiber....More
  • 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
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