It’s Christmas, and as with any holiday, it’s time to think about making sure your pets survive the human festivities.
There’s an ebb and flow to politics, and it’s very apparent that we’re going through a time of change. The political pendulum had swung far to the left, with all kinds of new social programs and new rules under Obama.
Last month I got to meet a couple of Madera county almond growers who overcame adversity in a big way. To Tom and Dan Rogers the drought was more than a business problem – it was a catastrophe when one of their two wells went dry and there were no well drillers available.
We’ve been talking about favorite places to go that are within a day’s drive of the central valley. Morro Bay has to be on that list. And we’re heading there, December 10, to watch the annual Christmas boat parade.
If you are a grower or vintner with a retail outlet on your property, or if you are thinking about selling directly to the public, here’s something that may help you reach a new market. A company called Harvest Hosts is a membership program that connects RV owners with farmers, wineries, and museums around the country.
It’s been the craziest election of our lifetime, and some people still can’t accept the results. It’s been a crazy week ever since, with angry protests around the country. Clinton supporters are furious that she won the popular vote but lost the electoral college.
A few weeks ago we talked about Big Data, and how it applies to information gathered by farmers when they are growing a crop. It’s a fascinating topic, one ripe with possibilities, and I’ve been exploring it in depth. In fact, I have a series of articles coming out about it, starting this month, in West Coast Nut Grower magazine.
It’s the final week of this presidential election. Most of us feel relieved about that, but very nervous about the results. It feels like we’re on the verge of civil war, there are so many angry people on both sides. And no matter who wins, there are going to be some very bitter people who will feel disenfranchised for years …
I know that sometimes, I am incredibly naive. I tend to trust that people mean what they say. I tend to believe that politicians may seem wrong-headed but they have the best interests of the people at heart; that people are basically reasonable and with the right information will make the right choice.
As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, a new study is telling us that Highway 99 is the most dangerous road in America. Not only that, Fresno is the worst of the worst, with the most deadly accidents of any stretch of pavement in the the country.
While it appears likely that Californians will vote to legalize Marijuana for recreational use, the federal status will remain problematic. However, it sounds like the Feds are going to allow some commercial grows, at least for research purposes for now.
Autumn arrived right on schedule, and after all those years of drought, we’re all wondering just how much rain we will get this winter.
Picture this: A lovely green pasture, full of California cows, here to provide milk, cheese and butter to a grateful state. But the state is concerned about their flatulence.
The Bureau of Land Management is under fire again, this time for something it hasn’t even done. An advisory group suggested that the Bureau euthanize or sell without restrictions the 45,000 or so “unadoptable” horses and burros that the BLM is holding in off-range corrals and pastures. The suggestion touched a nerve with wild horse advocates.
On August 25, the National Park Service turned 100. We have many people to thank for the preservation of Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and nearly 400 other sites that tell the story of North America.
Startup companies in any industry face many challenges on the journey from an idea to a sustainable business. Smart entrepreneurs look for resources to help them on that journey. Agfunder, the online ag investment platform, has helped compile a report about 77 different resources dedicated to food and agriculture startup companies.
Folks in Nevada are up in arms about a new state law that would regulate residential wells and allow the State Engineer to order water use reductions in homes served by private wells.
Big Data is a new crop that farmers are growing now, often without even being aware of it. Yet it’s a crop that has value, and farmers need to protect that value so they can harvest the rewards from providing big data.
Hay growers and buyers have a new way to meet up, at a place which modernizes and simplifies how hay gets from the rake to the ruminants that need it.
This summer we’ve been talking about places to go when you have a day off and need some fresh scenery. Let me tell you about one of my favorite places on the map.