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  • Sacramento prides itself on local food
    Sep 18, 2016
    Commentary

    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
    Commentary

    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
  • San Andreas Fault zone
    Oct 8, 2014
    Commentary

    Could USGS data help California with groundwater law?

    California needs good science to understand underground aquifers. The USGS just might have that information....More
  • Friant Dam and Millerton Lake
    Aug 28, 2014
    Commentary

    'We the People' suffer most from California water wars

    San Joaquin Valley congressman openly critical of farmers who have concerns over his emergency water legislation...More
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