This summer we’ve been talking about places to go within a day’s travel of the central valley. We’ve talked about some great places, but today I’d like to introduce you to my favorite part of the state. It’s not a one day trip, however.
Federal control of public lands is a hot-button issue, one that’s getting hotter as the West continues to grow. It’s been building a long time and won’t go away soon. There’s a foreboding threat of violence in the protests known as the Sagebrush Rebellion. This is an issue we need to study and resolve.
A story on my Iphone news feed got my blood pressure up last week. It looked like a news story, but the headline could hardly be called unbiased.
Are you looking for something special to do this month? If your calendar has a clear spot during the third week of July, you might want to consider spending a few days in Salinas and going to the biggest rodeo in California. Visiting Salinas anytime is worthwhile; the town is set in a beautiful valley made famous by John Steinbeck, …
Hemp has been in the news a lot lately, and with the push to legalize Marijuana there’s a related effort to remove the restrictions on growing Hemp.
We’ve seen lots of new National Monuments created in the last two decades. Many of them have been contentious, in the news with lots of political opposition. Because of that we tend to forget that there are good reasons to create a National Monument.
I’m completely flummoxed by the logic of a ruling made by a federal judge last week. He seemed to say that farming is now illegal without permission from the feds.
It looks like the Federal Government is going to reach out and touch yet another group of cattle ranchers, this time in the Arizona Strip. Their touch is likely to close another 1.7 million acres of grazing land and put a stop to mining in the region.
Last week I encountered a news story that just hasn’t seen much air time with traditional media. It should; the story rights a wrong committed against dairy and beef cattle.
If you’re like most farmers, you wake up with more jobs to do than time to do them. Just the thought of a day off brings on anxiety – there’s just too much to do. I’m sure you’ve heard the theories – that a day off will actually help you get your work done more efficiently. That a day of …
Out in western Wyoming, cattle, oil and tourists are the main sources of income; and even with a town job it’s a tough place to make a life.
Farmers are busy people, and like all busy people, ever so often they need to take a break. A day spent doing something entirely different from your day job is a break worth taking, one that refreshes your mind and lets you remember why you do what you do.
The CBS News show Sunday Morning reports that the movement to fully legalize marijuana is being fueled in part by some of our senior citizen community.
Come to Parkfield Mother’s Day weekend. For nearly 20 years bluegrass pickers, pluckers and fans have spent Mother’s Day weekend in these hills, entertaining themselves and guests with some of the best guitar and banjo sounds west of Nashville.
Monsanto thinks it may well be. The Ag giant is investing heavily in new research with a partner company that already has made a big name for itself with microbes and microbial based technology.
Merle Haggard passed into history on April 9. He was one of us – a California farmer, a country boy who excelled in his field of work.
Farmers know the value of organic matter, especially those working in the sand and clay soils of the central valley.
In the current issue of Modern Farmer magazine, there’s an article that addresses GMO issues. Yes, one more discussion of applying science to our dinner.
It’s Easter weekend, and lots of family time is on the agenda, even for the most dedicated farmers. As with any holiday, it’s time to think about making sure your pet survives the human festivities.
A friend of mine works for Delaware North, the Yosemite concessionaire that is in the middle of the recent name controversy. He offered an explanation of how the company came to own the rights to the famous names, and that, instead of being a theft of the rights of the people, it was a far-sighted move that protects a rare …