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Ag at Large: California ag needs a survey

By Don Curlee | Contributed A lot of farmers in California feel they are being squeezed by elements beyond their control. It might help if...

Ag at Large: For ag, the state is many – and more

Presenting California as the nation’s largest farm state projects a massive agricultural behemoth, but its growth profile is really composed of many diverse units...

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 – 1 of a kind

By Don Curlee It’s time for your friends and neighbors to understand and express the one-of-a-kind character that is agriculture in California. And they need...

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: 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: 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: 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...

Ag at Large: Flowers add color to farming output

Only for some are they edible, but California-grown flowers make a substantial contribution to the state’s agricultural arrangement – and its income. Their colorful production...

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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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 – 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...

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 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...

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...

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 the Ag Business of...

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...

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