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
We have heard for years that agriculture is the most dangerous occupation amid the many hazards involved in planting, nurturing, harvesting, processing, and transporting a crop for delivery to the grocery store and in the end the consumer’s table.
This fall, a group of growers found them facing an even more unexpected dangerous situation – drug smuggling....More