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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: Wage regulation impacts farmers

By Don Curlee Farmers and other agricultural enterprises in California will likely be as negatively impacted as any industry in the state if new minimum...

Ag at large: Wasted food an issue as population increases

By Don Curlee Food producers for the most part have felt that those who buy their products can eat them, throw them away, throw them...

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: The tech world needs veggies too

By Don Curlee | Contributed California agriculture is attracting the world of technology the way spring blossoms attract bees – and a half dozen outstanding...

Ag at Large: Farming Strengthens California’s Soul

By Don Curlee | Contributed While California’s stance on some critical national issues is being widely discussed, the voice of its farm population is being...

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: Farmers’ image dimmed by time

By Don Curlee The praise and respect for farmers spoken by iconic broadcaster Paul Harvey 39 years ago has not transcended the skepticism and doubt...

Ag at Large

This year’s farm equipment shows bigger than ever Just like the Super Bowl, California’s two major farm equipment shows keep growing, attracting more attendees and...

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...

Ag at Large: Cal ag industry is organo-strong

By Don Curlee | Contributed Whatever you grow, however you are connected, California agriculture offers an organization or association you can join and find compatibility...

Ag at Large – Insects trapped by favorite odors

Researchers work with insects all the time, but that doesn’t mean they like them. Now they’re finding ways to lure them to their deaths...

Quail Lake Environmental Charter School Students Make Farm-to-School Connection With Dairy Cow and Calf

CLOVIS ROUNDUP STAFF Students at Quail Lake Environmental Charter School learned firsthand about the role of agriculture in the food supply, how milk and dairy...

Ag at Large: Oppressive rules hinder farmers

By Don Curlee Talking with, learning and writing about California farmers and their associates has been at least a half lifetime experience. It tells me...

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: 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: For ag, the shows must go on – again

By Don Curlee | Contributed California agriculture’s two major farm equipment shows are again scheduled for early February, continuation of a more than 50-year tradition....

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: Heat protection draws a crowd

By Don Curlee It used to be that heat protection for outside workers involved a straw hat, a canteen and some salt pills. Today, it...

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...

Despite recent rain, water conservation still needed

By A.T. Gilbert While residents throughout the Central Valley breathed a sigh of relief after the recent rainstorms, representatives of the Clovis public utilities department...

Ag at Large: Spending cap saves income

By Don Curlee | Contributed Farmers have been so regulated in their use of everything from pesticides to pocket knives, they may be becoming fans...

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...

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