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  • Oct 6, 2014
    Commentary

    Will California rainy season begin by Halloween?

    Private weather forecasting firm has good track record of long-range prognostications....More
  • Oct 1, 2014
    Commentary

    No place for fear mongering in organic vs. conventional

    Fear can be both a good and horrible feeling which can drive people either to make sensible decisions or those which are shaky, unfounded, and lack substance. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the nation’s 32nd President who served from 1933-1945, weighed in on the fear factor in his first inaugural speech by saying, the “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”...More
  • Protest march
    Sep 22, 2014
    Commentary

    Global climate marches spur more division than debate

    Climate marches spur more division than debate...More
  • Sep 19, 2014
    Commentary

    Pitahaya fruit a future western Top-10 crop contender?

    Odds are some of you have never heard of pitahaya fruit. Pitahaya what? My computer Inbox recently included a pitahaya crop meeting notice from University of California (UC) farm advisor Jose Aguiar in Riverside County on an upcoming Pitahaya Fruit Mini Festival in Indio. I’ve heard of the cactus fruit but have never reported on it. I noticed the first item on the agenda was a pitahaya ice cream testing. It was time to jump in the truck and go. Unfortunately a quick glance at the calendar indicated a schedule conflict....More
  • A bridge across the San Andreas Fault
    Sep 8, 2014
    Commentary

    Did Napa quake unearth groundwater?

    Did the earthquake in Napa unearth a new supply of water? Why are those creeks flowing then if we're in a drought?...More
  • Sep 3, 2014
    Commentary

    DPR report sets record straight on pesticide safety

    Sept. 2 was a great day for California agriculture and a major migraine headache producer for the anti-pesticide crowd. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced that once again that the vast majority of produce the public agency tested in 2013 had little or no detectable pesticide residues and…posed no health risks to the public. Let’s relish those last seven words – “posed no health risks to the public” – magic words in farm speak....More
  • Aug 20, 2014
    Commentary

    Safeway stakeholders reject anti-GMO labeling proposal

    A news release from the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) hit my computer Inbox recently which outlined the Safeway grocery store chain’s recent rejection of an anti-GMO (genetically-modified organisms) mandatory labeling proposal. At the August Safeway shareholders annual meeting in Pleasanton, Calif., Safeway decided to side with the NCPPR to reject an anti-scientific shareholder proposal to force Safeway to apply labels on products containing GMOs....More
  • The Sacramento River arm of Shasta Lake
    Aug 18, 2014
    Commentary

    Road trip: The good, the burnt down, the dried-up

    A change of scenery is always nice, particularly during Central California’s dog days of summer. I recently got to re-explore the land of exceptional alfalfa hay, horseradish and potatoes, otherwise known as northeastern California. This region can easily be forgotten for its agricultural production if all one focuses on is the high-value counties in the center of the state....More
  • Jul 30, 2014
    Commentary

    Are shorter-term employees in agriculture’s future?

    One of the great success stories in U.S. business is the financial viability of many agricultural enterprises; in addition to producing crops, livestock, and fiber to feed and clothe the world. Most farms are successful business enterprises – small and large – and owe their success to years, decades, and perhaps generations of family experience, top notch employees, perseverance, and making tough ‘make-or-break’ business decisions....More
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