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Short water shifting California crops, farming locations Commented on: 6 days ago (March 25, 2015)

The tough question that needs to be answered by politicians and bureaucrats is simply this:
The loss of species such as the delta smelt and salmon can be temporary and such species can be...

Growers launch energy beet demonstration plant Commented on: 8 weeks ago (January 29, 2015)

Too bad the whole project is based upon two hoaxes. First, the evidence from numerous studies is mixed on whether there is a net gain or loss in energy from ethanol, and even when there is a gain...

Mark Watte: High Cotton Award for Western Farm Press Commented on: 12 weeks ago (January 6, 2015)

Congrats Mark, you deserve the recognition.
Cheers,
Dale

Agriculture must quickly throttle up its public relations Commented on: 14 weeks ago (December 18, 2014)

You are singing to the quire. What ag needs is an organized public info lobby of dedicated PR folks who's job is solely to react to falsehoods where ever they appear. An industry paid group of...

California's regulated drought impacts aquifers Commented on: 46 weeks ago (May 9, 2014)

It seems the last paragraph argues FOR groundwater regulation to keep wells from drying up. But, more surface storage would certainly help the problem.

California drought tough on honeybee health Commented on: 48 weeks ago (April 23, 2014)

A few years ago I inspected numerous blocks of almonds between Bakersfield and Shafter for a fairly large farming company. They placed a few 5 gallon plastic buckets around the orchard perimeters...

Water storage key element sought in water bonds Commented on: 49 weeks ago (April 18, 2014)

Just think, for equivalent of the high speed rail projected costs, we could have six $11 Billion+ water bonds. The statistics for such transportation projects are that they eventually cost more...

Organic is not the ‘sustainable’ food of the future Commented on: 49 weeks ago (April 16, 2014)

I was not aware that organically grown crops use less water. And of course, they don't. Seems that the recommended and necessary use of cover crops increases water use. Sure one can put some...

Selling forecasts from bad numbers Commented on: 50 weeks ago (April 15, 2014)

Well Todd, did you contact them to point out the errors or get an explanation?

Drought is farmers’ ‘ah-hah’ moment on environmentalism Commented on: 1 year ago (March 7, 2014)

Two things. First there are other factions that support alternate uses of delta water that are not radical liberals. There are many conservative working and retired folks that fish the delta and...

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