agriculture

Foothill Agrarian
Little Victories

Oct 17, 2014

This has been a challenging week - a disease outbreak in the ewes, a child and a wife under the weather at home, costly repairs to my truck, and a dismal weather forecast for the rest of the fall.  Even with the Giants winning the National League ...

Foothill Agrarian
Another "Gift" from Last Year’s Warm and Dry Winter

Oct 15, 2014

To improve the nutritional intake of our ewes during the first two weeks of our breeding season, we've been feeding hay to our breeding ewes since the first of October.  While we have plenty of dry grass, the nutritional value of this forage (which grew last spring), is minimal.  By feeding hay, we hope...

Foothill Agrarian
Getting my First Deer

Oct 14, 2014
Getting my First Deer

About 5 years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn to hunt.  I'd grown up fishing, but my immediate family didn't hunt.  And not only didn't we hunt; we didn't have many firearms (only a bolt-action .22 with birdshot to discourage chicken-st...

Foothill Agrarian
Ominous Signs

Oct 7, 2014
Ominous Signs

Moving one of our breeding groups onto "fresh" dry forage at sunrise this morning.As I read today's weather forecast in the Sacramento Bee over my second cup of coffee, I was disheartened by this statement: "Sadly, no rain in the extended for...

The Sacramento Bee
City Beat: Sacramento must take the tomato back

City Beat: Sacramento must take the tomato back

How has Sacramento let a city one-thirteenth its size get away with staking claim to our most beloved – wait, is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Doesn’t matter. Sacramento should own this. Tomatoes are the official food of this farm-to-fork town. We even talked a few years ago about painting that water...

Foothill Agrarian
A Shepherd’s New Year

Oct 1, 2014
A Shepherd’s New Year

We breed our ewes to lamb when the grass is coming on - we like to have the lambs start to arrive in late February.  This schedule allows us to match our greatest demand for high quality forage (when the ewes are lactating) with Mother Nature's gr...

The Sacramento Bee
IRS extends deadline for farmers forced to sell livestock due to drought

Farmers and ranchers forced to sell livestock due to the drought have an extended period of time to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the sales, the Internal Revenue Service ).

The Sacramento Bee
Jerry Brown vetoes farm labor bill

Jerry Brown vetoes farm labor bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Sunday that would have changed procedures in farm labor disputes to make it harder for California farmers to stall new contracts.


Gov. Jerry Brown meets with The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board for an endorsement interview on Thursday May 15, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.

The Sacramento Bee
California harvest much smaller than normal across crops

California harvest much smaller than normal across crops

It’s harvest time in much of California, and the signs of drought are almost as abundant as the fruits and nuts and vegetables.


Mike Daddow stands above a rice box, which would normally control the flow of water through his family’s rice field, if he hadn’t fallowed the 150-acre parcel...

Foothill Agrarian
Wearing out my Raingear

Sep 25, 2014

The work of a shepherd is hard on work clothes, I've decided.  Most of my hats are sweat- and dust-stained.  The collars of my workshirts are generally stained (if not worn through).  My jeans feature holes where the 12-volt fence batter...

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