Category: Ag News

Clovis company honored as Ag Business of the Year

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce and Baker Peterson Franklin announced the winners of the 2018 Agriculturalist of the Year and…

Ag at Large: Water leaves a mark on farm equipment

Theft of tractors and other equipment has become a huge factor in California’s farm country, but a subtle new means…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

FresYes: A pat on the head not to be ignored

California farmers seem to receive more than their share of kicks in the tail, but they can and should acknowledge…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…