Shopping in Orchard Supply Hardware recently, I could only shake my head when I spotted a new display. Where the store prominently features seasonal specials, there was a line of barrels…not planter barrels, but water barrels for collecting rainwater and runoff from rooftops.
Checked my calendar to reassure myself it was not 1886. It’s 2016. Californians collected water in barrels 130 years ago....More
Although most farmers prefer farming to politics, they know that the political process affects them directly so they try to keep an eye on it. What they are detecting currently is a noticeable drift, particularly in California.
The current legislature has saddled farmers-employers with stringent new requirements in the way they treat and pay their employees which has made it more difficult, even perilous, to operate some farm enterprises. Record keeping and awareness, along with compliance deadlines, require constant attention....More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $3 million in grants to three universities to advance the use of co-robots in production agriculture....More
Watching a tragedy occur is a painful experience, but California agriculture has to tolerate the pain as a once respected and pertinent state agency appears to be on the brink of disintegration....More
It is difficult to erase the image of a dehydrated man crumpled on the side of a dusty Arizona-Mexico border road near Nogales, Ariz. vomiting bile in the dirt. A compassionate Border Patrol agent stands over him, giving what aid he can and asks necessary questions of the physically distressed human being.
The illegal immigrant was crossing with a group of others trying to get to the U.S. to work. He fell ill and was left behind to be found by a good Samaritan or die.
An agent radios for an ambulance. It’s an hour away....More
It’s a good thing water is not a precious and rare resource in California; otherwise the foot-dragging by state and federal government officials could be considered malfeasance.
A California farmer I know is trying to build a project on his property that will take excessive storm flows from a nearby river and flood them across his property in an effort to recharge the aquifer and give flood control managers a place to put high flows during abnormally-wet winters.
Call it planning ahead....More