They're talking about switchgrass again as a vigorous cellulose crop to be grown in California's friendly climate and soils, but some might consider it an invader.
The vigorous-growing grass harvested for its contribution of fiber for biofuel manufa... Full story
Food poisoning is no fun, and tracing the source of bacteria that causes it in fresh produce commodities has become so involved and complicated that it's no fun, either.
Pinning down the source of food-borne bacteria in these commodities became a to... Full story
Folks living north of Sacramento, some of them farmers, occasionally accuse farmers and others living further south of stealing their water. Hogwash!
It is not unusual for those in the San Francisco Bay Area and neighboring communities to join the c... Full story
Unlike nearly every other aspect of the economy, jobs are plentiful in California agriculture.
But the only people applying are from south of the border, and their numbers are dwindling. The shortage of farm workers is expected to reach critical if ... Full story
If you believe the headlines, Congress and the president finally seem ready to tackle immigration reform, an issue of great importance to farmers.
So far, the farm community, especially in California, is applauding statements by politicians saying t... Full story
Everybody needs water every day. The farm community seems to have a more passionate understanding of that truism than almost anybody, and farmers work hard to project it.
This is not about drought, although this summer's lack of rain in Midwest farm... Full story
Some orchard sprayers used by fruit growers are gaining intelligence; and the smarter they get, the more money they save — if the farmers can just afford them.
This cerebral economic conundrum was embraced in the current issue of California Ag... Full story
They're talking more seriously than ever about harvesting California's gigantic lettuce crop by machine.
Of course, they've been talking about it and working on it for 40 years or more.
Every adjustment or design change made to a prototype machine ... Full story
Those living in California's tree fruit country are beginning to notice that orchards are being pushed out and often not replaced.
In an earlier era, the replacement often was houses. The area surrounding San Jose is a good example. Houses are every... Full story
The drive to fill the gas tanks of America's cars with corn-based ethanol is creating a division within the ranks of the country's agricultural producers.
The most recent acceleration of the trend has been the approval to nudge the percentage of eth... Full story