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Foothill Agrarian
Carnivores and Sheepherders

Dec 7, 2016
Carnivores and Sheepherders


I've been reading, writing and thinking about the positive relationship between raising sheep and conserving carnivores a great deal lately. Admittedly, my sheep-ranching friends will likely think this heretical - how can sheep-raising be compatible with conserving predators? Similarly, I know that some of you who read this will...

California Rice Commission
Feeding Fish

Feeding Fish

Winter-flooded rice fields may have a new benefit: producing food for fish..Read Steve Beckley's Blog

California Rice Commission
Hope for the Holidays

Hope for the Holidays

Many in the Sacramento Valley reach out to help those less fortunate. Jim Morris blogs on his run on behalf of an organization in Chico. Read his blog

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...

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