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