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  • June Dairy Month celebrates sustainable milk industry
    Jun 21, 2016

    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

    How emotions hurt communities and the environment 3

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

    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

    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

    Technology can be good but is it always relevant? 1

    Good marketing is still an art, not a "shotgun approach"...More
  • Apr 19, 2016

    Circus politics, polling screw-up, long voting lines

    We’re all aware of the political circus act currently performed under the Republican and Democratic parties’ ‘Big Tops’ for the high stakes goal of snaring the U.S. presidency. The candidates are dishing out outrageous showboating amid rampant name calling....More
  • Apr 18, 2016

    Activists profit well by peddling fear

    Environmental activist groups profit well by selling fear because it's easy to sell, requires little logical forethought and because we allow it....More
  • Apr 4, 2016

    Dam Train initiative halted at departure 2

    The opposition to the Dam Train Initiative once again exposed California agriculture’s political underbelly, disunity. Many agricultural interests opposed it, even though its backers claimed to have agricultural backing....More
  • Mar 23, 2016

    Timing all wrong for new water ballot initiative 3

    California’s agricultural diversity is the envy of the world. It’s also its Achilles Heel. Getting all of the state’s agricultural groups to agree on anything is like herding cats. This has been the state’s No. 1 industry’s major weakness in accomplishing much politically. Agreements have been few and far between. The greatest occurred 40 years ago when agriculture united to defeat Proposition 14, which would have given the United Farm Workers open access to every farm in the state....More
  • Mar 14, 2016

    My train of thought has left the station

    How do smart people parrot lies with a straight face?...More
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