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  • Aug 17, 2016
    blog

    Central Valley’s Highway 99 becoming parking lot 2

    A recent commentary where I supported California’s High Speed Rail (HSR) has led to the accusation that I have been “Drinking the Kool-Aid.” 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....More
  • Aug 16, 2016
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    VCRs, funeral, and a new strawberry transplanter

    The VCR is dead – toast. It’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. The last company to make the VCR – Funai – removed the VCR’s life support last month, technology that likely led the way to modern tech including video cameras, smartphones, and MP3 files....More
  • Lake Mead falls to historic lows
    Aug 16, 2016
    Commentary

    Farmers' Almanac calls for wet western winter

    Farmers' Almanac predicts cold,wet winter for much of the country in 2016-17...More
  • PETA seeks memorial to chickens killed in highway crash
    Aug 11, 2016
    Commentary

    Is a chicken restaurant on Hwy 99 a just memorial?

    PETA wants memorial erected to commemorate chickens that died in a highway crash....More
  • Jul 28, 2016
    blog

    Fear mongering $$$ better spent on solving hunger 2

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (with all of the violent atrocities occurring daily around the world lately I wouldn’t blame you), you’re likely aware the United States will soon enact a law on enacting GMO (genetically engineered) food labeling....More
  • How will California's agricultural economy and systems change as dairy declines
    Jul 21, 2016
    Commentary

    How dairy declines could impact other crops 1

    The California dairy industry is declining under the weight of unprofitable and unsustainable milk prices...More
  • June Dairy Month celebrates sustainable milk industry
    Jun 21, 2016
    Commentary

    June Dairy Month honors more than just the cows

    A vibrant and sustainable dairy industry can go a long way towards sustaining entire agricultural economies...More
  • May 26, 2016
    Commentary

    How emotions hurt communities and the environment 3

    How has man's desire to help nature actually hurt the environment?...More
  • Tree and irrigation canal
    May 26, 2016
    Commentary

    Sometimes dirt-road journeys are the most rewarding

    Writing about agriculture didn’t come until several years into my journalism career. While at the time I saw my duties of writing about farming and ranching for a community newspaper in central California as just that – duties aimed more at keeping my editor from belittling my story ideas than anything else, that attitude quickly morphed into a passion thanks to one particular farmer and later through an opportunity to focus my writing solely on agriculture....More
  • May 25, 2016
    blog

    High school graduation, agricultural dreams follow similar paths

    The high school graduation season is wrapping up with 12-grade pigskins in hands, and young graduates believing the world is at their fingertips which it is. My grandson was among those in May who shifted the high school graduation hat tassel from one side to the other; a scene repeated across the country in this symbolic achievement of educational advancement. He graduated from a high school in a mostly rural town in the Upper Midwest where agriculture is likely the top economic contributor to the local economy.  ...More
  • Old typewriter
    May 14, 2016
    Commentary

    Technology can be good but is it always relevant? 1

    Good marketing is still an art, not a "shotgun approach"...More
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