Opium has become the Taliban’s cash cow, and the beast is fatter than ever. The Taliban offer farmers seed, fertilizer, advance payments, protection from groundbreaking to harvest, and farm gate collection....More
Recent discoveries of the Asian Citrus Psyllid forces regulators to establish a 178-square-mile quarantine zone in eastern Tulare County. The area includes much of the county's citrus growing region plus about a dozen citrus packing operations.
If growers want to play in the philosophical organic market, they must follow organic production laws. Organic producers can only use crop protection products approved for organic production. Those rules also impact conventional growers who neighbor organic producers....More
California has much to celebrate when it comes to agriculture, and not simply the billions of dollars in gross farm receipts or the over $100 billion in economic activity created by agriculture each year....More
Brad Kelley grew up on a small farm — and now owns 1 million acres. He is fourth on the list of private U.S. landholders. Most Americans have never heard of Kelley and that’s the way he wants it....More
Grapes of wrath. Graying American farmers. Old machinery harvests high prices. The end is always nigh. Farmer's terror conviction tossed. Farm and tractor vs. fire. The great bee-pocalypse. Powdered water? And more....More