agriculture

California Rice Commission
75 Years of Rice

As harvest begins, grower Dennis Lindberg reflects on his 75th consecutive rice crop.

Foothill Agrarian
Further Reflections on Non-lethal Predator Protection

Sep 12, 2016
Further Reflections on Non-lethal Predator Protection

Reno at work.From my earlier writing in this space, you may know that we're committed to using non-lethal livestock protection tools in our sheep operation (see Big Dogs, Hot Fences and Fast Sheep - A Few Thoughts on Predators and Sheep-raising&nb...

Davis Vanguard
County Board Will Decide Fate of Field & Pond on Tuesday

Sep 12, 2016
County Board Will Decide Fate of Field & Pond on Tuesday

The County Board of Supervisors will make a final determination on the contentious Field & Pond event facility on Tuesday.  Staff is bringing forward the Planning Commission’s decision not to approve the project as the recommended action, in accordance with county code. The board has the ability to go either way, and staff recommends...

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Foothill Agrarian
The Food Tank Summit: A Part-time Shepherd’s Perspective

Sep 8, 2016
The Food Tank Summit: A Part-time Shepherd’s Perspective

Several friends recently invited me to attend the 1st annual Farm Tank Conference in Sacramento later this month. According to their website:
"This two-day event will feature more than 35 different speakers from the food and agriculture field, interactive panels moderated by top food journalists, networking, and delicious food, followed...

Foothill Agrarian
Benchmarks

Aug 31, 2016
Benchmarks

Even though our sheep operation is very small scale, we try to take it seriously as a business.  To me, this is important for a number of reasons.  First, we don't view it as a hobby - the business should cover its expenses, pay us for our ti...

California Rice Commission
Harvest Preparation

Rice harvest will start soon and having equipment ready is a key component.

Foothill Agrarian
Montana Observations

Aug 28, 2016
Montana Observations

Okay - I realize that I'm not the first Californian to say this - not even close.  I want to move to Montana!  I'll also admit that it's not likely to happen in the short term - my oldest daughter would transfer out of Montana State Universit...

Foothill Agrarian
Bittersweet

Aug 28, 2016

As I started writing this post, I was sitting in a hotel room in Elko, Nevada, after a 9-hour drive from Bozeman, Montana.  As I finish it now, I'm sitting in our living room.  Our family has had a wonderful time over the last week - we all f...

Foothill Agrarian
Is Education Wasted on the Young? Probably Not!

Aug 26, 2016
Is Education Wasted on the Young? Probably Not!

This week, I'm in the unique position of starting the seventh and eighth courses in my online master's degree program at Colorado State University and taking my oldest daughter (Lara) to Bozeman, Montana, to start her first semester at Montana Sta...

Davis Vanguard
Idyllic Bed and Breakfast Becomes the Subject of a Bitter Land Use Dispute

Aug 24, 2016
Idyllic Bed and Breakfast Becomes the Subject of a Bitter Land Use Dispute

Dahvie James sits on a chair in the living room of the main building in the Field & Pond bed and breakfast.  The 100-year-old building is decorated in period-specific decor.  Isolated from other residents, quiet and tranquil nestled against the eastern edge of the coast range just north of Winters, it is difficult to...

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