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California Rice Commission
Season Changes

As the air gets colder and harvest comes to a close, you also can hear a new sound.

Foothill Agrarian
Drought and Dormancy

Nov 30, 2016
Drought and Dormancy

I read in yesterday's paper that we've experienced the wettest October and November in northern California in the last 30 years (for more on my direct observations of our autumn precipitation, go to "An October Like No Other"). This autumn has also bee...

Foothill Agrarian
Disappointed in Stormy Kromer

Nov 29, 2016

Note: this story has a happy ending! See the comment below! Stormy Kromer has restored my faith in their commitment to quality and customer service!

As a follicly challenged (that is, bald) sheepherder who works outside at least part of every day (regardless of the weather), I rely on hats to shade my face, protect...

Foothill Agrarian
A Foothill Shepherd’s Year in Photographs

Nov 26, 2016
A Foothill Shepherd’s Year in Photographs

Note: Auburn Arts Association has extended my Shepherd's Year in Photographs exhibition at Auburn City Hall through the end of the year! In case you aren't in Auburn, here are the photos I chose for the exhibit - enjoy!

A Shepherd’s Year in Photographs

My wife and I have raised sheep at...

Placer County Online
Placer cannabis ordinance would allow limited cultivation for personal use, ban commercial cannabis activities

Nov 22, 2016

Limited cultivation, both indoors and outdoors, of cannabis for personal use will be allowed in unincorporated areas of Placer County under a new ordinance introduced today by the Placer County Board of Supervisors. The ordinance was introduced by a vote of 4-0; District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery was absent. The ordinance requires two readings...

California Rice Commission
Mud and Rice Harvest, not a great mix

Mud and Rice Harvest, not a great mix

The end of rice harvest season proved among the most challenging in years.

Read Tim Johnson’s Blog

Foothill Agrarian
Renewing Community

Nov 19, 2016
Renewing Community

This has been a week of travel and of meetings for me. It's also been a week of talking about predators and ranching. On Thursday, I participated in a meeting of the UC Ag and Natural Resources Wildlife Work Group at Davis. On Friday, I traveled to Qui...

California Rice Commission
Finally, the Finish

A late and labor intensive rice harvest wraps up for grower Mike DeWit.

Placer County Online
Supervisors look to allow limited outdoor and indoor cultivation of medical cannabis in Placer County

Nov 8, 2016

Limited outdoor cultivation of medical cannabis in Placer County for personal use may also be allowed in an anticipated ordinance following a discussion of next steps for cannabis regulation at the county board of supervisors meeting today. Following months of extensive public engagement, the board in June directed county staff to develop an ordinance...

Foothill Agrarian
Earning their keep: More on livestock guardian animals

Oct 31, 2016
Earning their keep: More on livestock guardian animals

Over the last 12 months, I've posted several essays about our commitment to - and experience with - nonlethal predator protection tools. Livestock guardian animals (mostly dogs, but also llamas) has been the cornerstone of our system. Several recent lo...

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