Topcon Positioning Systems has announced its national exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows for the operation of its unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the U.S.
The exemption covers the operation of the company’s Sirius Basic and Sirius Pro for aerial data collection. ...More
The devastating drought in California has created at least one positive result for the state’s farmers. It’s proving that they have few friends, maybe none, in the radical environmentalist community.
For most farmers this is not news. For years they have listened to the harping of the ‘enviros’ about pesticides, about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), about food contamination on dozens of levels, and about endangerment of wildlife habitats.
The list goes on....More
The California almond industry continues to be challenged by mainstream media and others for its water use in a state trying to keep its – uh – head above water during the fourth consecutive year of drought.
It’s not just almonds under public scrutiny but California agriculture as a whole.
Those wearing the ‘almond hat’ can certainly share ‘lids’ with the western alfalfa industry which gets regular jabs for water used to grow feed for dairy cows to produce milk, ice cream, and other dairy products....More
The price some farmers are paying for water to keep crops alive makes the cost of desalting sea water downright reasonable, but California’s seaside residents are not convinced.
Even though the experience for desalinating water from the Pacific Ocean as it borders many California communities has been mixed, many inland farmers who may never benefit from the process think it should become the top alternative to current sources of water supply....More
Mark Killian was appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey April 10 as the new director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA).
Killian succeeds retired ADA director Don Butler.
In announcing the state’s new agriculture chief, Governor Ducey said, “Mark brings decades of unique public service and private sector experience, and his extensive and successful background in farming and ranching will be hugely valuable in this role. He’s a welcome addition to this department and our administration.”...More
As the planet’s population continues its growth towards 9 billion people in the next few decades, food production needs to shift into full-speed-ahead mode.
This includes more non-traditional, reusable water-based farming.
“We will need all forms of food including those grown through aquaculture, aquaponics, saltwater farming, plus growing edible seaweed,” says Kevin Fitzsimmons, veteran fish farming researcher and director of the University of Arizona’s (UA) Office of International Agricultural Programs....More
In recent months, two speakers at major farm industry events held in the West shared their thoughts on the proposed mandatory labeling of food products grown with genetically-modified traits.
The speakers included y included: James Borel, executive vice-president of the DuPont company; and Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis Cooperative Extension specialist who specializes in animal genomics and biotechnology....More