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Foothill Agrarian
Drought Update – April 10, 2014

Apr 9, 2014
Drought Update – April 10, 2014

Yesterday afternoon, I helped our local farm advisors, Roger Ingram and Cindy Fake, install matrix blocks in an irrigated pasture that we graze here in Auburn.  The matrix blocks allow us to track soil moisture - and to time our irrigation accordi...

California Rice Commission
New: The impact of drought in the Sacramento Valley

New: The impact of drought  in the Sacramento Valley

Questions and answers about the expected impact of drought on farms, communities and the environment north of Sacramento.Find out more

The Sacramento Bee
Judge spares one defendant, punishes another in SK Foods corruption case

Judge spares one defendant, punishes another in SK Foods corruption case

One defendant was sent home to care for his ailing wife, despite prosecutors insisting he deserved prison; the other was sentenced to a three-year prison term over the objections of the same prosecutors, who said he deserved less. SK Foods Presid...

The California Aggie
UC Davis professor wins Wolf Prize for discovering gene that can increase nutritional value of wheat

Apr 8, 2014

UC Davis Professor Jorge Dubcovsky discovered a gene that can increase the nutritional value of wheat, and in January, was awarded the 2014 Wolf Prize in Agriculture. The prize, which has been awarded since 1978, is one of six prizes established by the Wolf Foundation and is awarded once a year in Israel. The...

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The Sacramento Bee
Rains bring relief to Sacramento Valley rice farmer, but will it be enough?

Rains bring relief to Sacramento Valley rice farmer, but will it be enough?

Water is the lifeblood of a rice farm, and Sacramento Valley’s recent rains have given grower Tom McClellan a bit of hope that 2014 will not be a wasted year.


Water fills the central main drainage canal in rice farmer Tom McClellan’s rice field on Friday in Sutter County. Recent...

California Rice Commission
New: Armstrong & Getty water use comparisons

The radio hosts visit the State Capitol Mall to discuss water use efficiency in rice and how much water it takes to grow a variety of things.

Foothill Agrarian
Back to Basics – Lessons from a Fellow Former Direct Marketer

Apr 7, 2014
Back to Basics – Lessons from a Fellow Former Direct Marketer

I recently read an article by Colorado rancher Richard Parry, published in the April issue of The Stockman GrassFarmer.  Mr. Parry has been direct-marketing his grassfed lamb for a few years longer than we have - I believe he has around 700 ewes t...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Bent Metal Winery in Grass Valley celebrates 4-year anniversary

Bent Metal Winery in Grass Valley celebrates 4-year anniversary

Bent Metal Winery celebrates its fourth year of wine and fun on April 26 at its winery and tasting room in Grass Valley. The festivity will be filled with delicious food, music by Brian and Erin Dougherty, chair massage — and your favorite Bent Metal wines. Owner-winemaker Scott Brown will offer a barrel sample of...

Foothill Agrarian
A Three Dog Day

Apr 6, 2014
A Three Dog Day

While California's drought persists, today we were able to move our sheep back to the paddock we first grazed when we moved them back to Auburn on Valentine's Day.  This paddock has been rested since February 17 (48 days) - a longer recover period...

YubaNet.com
Introducing the Top 1% Water Takers: Water subsidies, cotton subsidies, and the corporate agribusiness elite 1%

Apr 4, 2014

April 3, 2014 - Corporate agribusiness tycoons take taxpayer-subsidized water exported from the Delta and receive taxpayer subsidies for cotton and other crops. Is the cost, plus the harm to the Delta, worth the benefit? Exported water supports a busin...



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