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Ag Alert: Dirt not needed to grow veggies

It may be a stretch to call them farmers, but some enterprises, particularly in the arid Middle East, are producing vegetables, notably the leafy...

Ag Alert: Sun cleans soil ahead of crops

Fans of global warming can take comfort in the potential benefits that increased heat might have for agriculture, particularly in California’s Central Valley. Already at...

Does Salinas portend future ag labor peace?

Observers and participants in the 50-year struggle for peaceful relations between farm workers in California and those who hire them are seeing some encouraging...

Ag at Large: Wild pigs bore down on the farm landscape

In a few California locales, wild boars can be hunted for sport during specific seasons. In mid-Kern County, the presence of wild pigs is...

Ag at Large: Farmers playing the word game

Whether they know it or not, farmers in California especially are playing a serious word game, one in which others make the rules and...

Ag at Large: Why do farms clutter the environmental landscape?

When the environmental phobia first became a movement, farmers wondered why the day-to-day activities they perform seemed to frustrate environmentalists. They still wonder, but...

Ag at Large: Tasty gives way to safety in food

Fans of government control will be thrilled by one of the federal government’s latest sorties into nourishment – a new emphasis on food safety...

FresYes: A pat on the head not to be ignored

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwZg9sA-QoA] California farmers seem to receive more than their share of kicks in the tail, but they can and should acknowledge gratefully one recent...

Ag at Large: Citrus future may be shrunken trees

Orange growers and others in the citrus industry, especially researchers, are exploring the possibility of reducing the size of trees that produce their crops....

Ag at Large: Solar sites can dodge farm land

When they first began to cover plots of farmland with panels to collect the sun’s energy, some thought the encroachment of the paraphernalia on...

Ag at Large: Flooding the surface fills the underground

A research team has found that the recharge of depleted underground water basins can occur when crops such as alfalfa and almonds are flooded...

Ag at Large: Generosity prevails as top farm crop

You might have noticed that when a community in the farm belt faces extenuating needs, it can count on the area’s farmers to respond...

Ag at Large: Worker shortage renews interest in fit housing

Farm workers were in tight supply during the spring and summer harvest season in California, causing some growers to revisit the issue of farm...

Ag at Large: Annual equipment displays approach

After 53 and 51 years of staging annual farm equipment extravaganzas, often in drizzly February weather, you might think enthusiasm is slacking, but the...

Ag at Large: Farm worker families unite for better lives

Farm workers in California’s Central Valley have created a new organization that helps them expand and strengthen their health, social and civil responsibilities. Benefits...

Ag at Large: State’s farm crops grow from research

Riding a tractor or guiding a pickup across a dusty field might not be inspiring environments for a farmer to consider agricultural research, but...

Ag at Large: Planting by tape saves labor costs

California’s vegetable crop growers are developing a kind of hands-off process for planting seeds that cuts labor costs, ensures a consistent stand and avoids...

Ag at Large: Research reveals farmers’ spirit

A recent research project to measure growers’ dependence on a certain chemical product has inadvertently displayed the inherent spirit that makes farmers what they...

Ag at Large: Seasonal favorites leave us in wraps

Name a dozen or so of your California favorite fruits, nuts, vegetables, dairy products, poultry or fish and you may be surprised to learn...

Ag at Large: Pest control enters a new generation

It hardly seems possible, but several of the pest control advisors that farmers and growers depend on are beginning to retire. Some of us...

Ag at Large: Bugs to the rescue

Insects by the trillions called beneficials have been raised and released annually in California for the past 50 years or more as a significant...

Ag at Large: Hops adapt to valley climate

With the number and types of beers and the people who want to drink them proliferating, the need for the agricultural crop of hops...

Ag at Large: Bovine beauties may not be black and white

By Don Curlee | Contributed It might come as a shock: California’s happiest cows may not be the black and white Holstein dairy animals so...

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