Wednesday (July 24) was another exciting day (Day Two) on the Central Coast as this Western Farm Press editor visited with several wine grape growers and a University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) viticulture farm advisor.
Chris Hammell, vineyard manager at Bien Nacido Vineyards near Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County), said his wine grape crop is maturing a bit early this year....More
In America, a cottage industry has been created around the notion that farmers abuse workers. Had PBS actually spoken with farmers or WAFLA, they would have found employers that are directly facing the issue of sexual assault....More
Biotechnology has become cheap enough to give rise to a do-it-yourself movement. Plant a demon seed, raise a flower of fire. Plant a do-it-yourself biotech seed, raise a glowing plant. Will USDA try and keep the DIY genie in the bottle?...More
A number of Europeans are ready and willing to talk about GM crops. They may make loud complaints about hardheaded American negotiators, but they’ll also budge from their position, make concessions, and allow progress....More
EPA’s Pinocchio nose continues to grow longer. Despite a barrage of criticism following the admitted release of private farmer data to three environmental groups after a Freedom of Information Act request, EPA has clammed up and carried on....More