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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...

Foothill Agrarian
Planting Trial

Sep 22, 2014
Planting Trial

Beginning on July 11, we started irrigating about 2-1/2 acres of hillside pasture in anticipation of having green grass in September (now!) for flushing the ewes (flushing is the process of putting ewes on an improving plane of nutrition just prior to ...

The Sacramento Bee
Tomato growers’ lawsuit against feds fails to bear fruit

Tomato growers’ lawsuit against feds fails to bear fruit

A federal court has rejected the potentially far-reaching claims of Florida tomato growers who say they lost business because of Food and Drug Administration warnings. Vine ripe tomatoes, Dec. 7, 2013. Tomatoes (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Ti...

Foothill Agrarian
A Different Feeling this Fall

Sep 19, 2014
A Different Feeling this Fall

As we approach this year's autumnal equinox (next Monday), the weather is finally starting to turn a bit.  The shorter days, and the location of the sun when it clears the horizon, give the mornings a different feel.  I always look forward to...

Foothill Agrarian
King Fire Farmer/Rancher Fundraiser

Sep 18, 2014

As you probably know if you live in Northern California, the King Fire (which started near Pollock Pines) blew up yesterday.  The fire grew from around 18,000 acres on Tuesday night to over 70,000 acres as of this morning.  Yesterday afternoo...

The Sacramento Bee
Valley elderberry beetle to remain a protected species

Federal officials have changed their minds about the Valley elderberry longhorn beetle: It will remain protected by the Endangered Species Act. The decision is a disappointment to developers and flood-control agencies, which had hoped to avoid the expe...

Foothill Agrarian
Using Livestock Guardian Dogs in a Small-Scale Commercial Sheep Operation: One Ranch’s Approach

Sep 9, 2014
Using Livestock Guardian Dogs in a Small-Scale Commercial Sheep Operation: One Ranch’s Approach

Reno, an Anatolian Shepherd.IntroductionWe operate a small scale (approximately 150 ewe) commercial sheep operation in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.  We've used livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) in our operation as part of our predator protecti...

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The front line in the olive oil war has been drawn in California

There's a war over your salad dressing, and the front line has been drawn in California.

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