Happy New Year! I’m glad it’s 2015. Good riddance to 2014 which is now toast – adios – history - kaput.
With hopefully a bright New Year to nip at our toes, top on my list of resolutions this new year is losing weight – always by far the top goal on many people’s New Year’s wish list. It’s time to dust off the bike seat, top off the air in the tires, and get cycling. ...More
The first manual snow survey of the California Sierra snowpack conducted Dec. 30 found more snow than last year at the same time yet the snow water equivalent as measured statewide remains far below average for the date....More
Syngenta received the safety certificate for its Agrisure Viptera trait from China’s regulatory authorities, formally granting import approval. The approval covers corn grain and processing byproducts, such as dried distillers grains (DDGs), for food and feed use.
The Agrisure Viptera trait is a key component of Syngenta’s insect control solutions, offering growers protection against a broad spectrum of above-ground corn pests and enabling significant crop yield gains....More
The buzz about carbon credits has been a steady, but relatively low hum in my estimation. The discussion needs to be taken beyond the visceral, new-idea level where thoughts are cool from a political perspective until you dig into them on a logical and philosophical level.
From a blog by the California Department of Food and Agriculture comes a notice that the USDA gave money (government code speak: grant) to “create a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands.”...More
U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona says comprehensive immigration reform is necessary to meet the country’s labor needs for agriculture - but only after the U.S.-Mexico border is 90 percent sealed....More
The USDA encourages farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the current Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. Completed ballots must be mailed to FSA by Dec. 1....More
Individual farmers and ranchers living through California’s drought crisis understand the real economic impact of the last three years of minute precipitation on the state’s $42 billion food, fiber, and fuel industry.
This year, producers have experienced evaporating watering holes, witnessed the removal of highly productive citrus trees yanked from the drought-cracked soil, made tough fallowed land decisions for annual crops, and nut trees which have weathered better years, water wise....More