agriculture

The Sacramento Bee
Elk Grove students grateful for continued ag funds

As the State Fair began last week, 18 Elk Grove High School students showed off sheep and other animals they spent the past year raising in one of the area’s largest agriculture education programs.

Foothill Agrarian
Next Year

Jul 12, 2014

I went fishing today.  Not remarkable, I realize - but what is remarkable was the water situation on the middle fork of the American River, where we fished.  We drove beyond the town of Foresthill to French Meadows Reservoir, part of the Placer County Water Agency's (PCWA) Middle Fork American River project.  We started...

Foothill Agrarian
Learning to Work: The Continuing Education of Ernie the Border Collie (and Dan the Shepherd)

Jul 11, 2014

I spent yesterday moving our ewes from a targeted grazing contract just outside of Auburn to our main leased pasture closer to home.  This work involved hauling five trailer loads of ewes from Christian Valley back to Oak Hill Ranch near the corne...

The Sacramento Bee
EPA sets out to explain water rule that’s riled U.S. farm interests

EPA sets out to explain water rule that’s riled U.S. farm interests

A proposal that federal officials said was intended to simplify federal water laws has instead been interpreted to do the opposite – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scrambling to defend itself to agriculture and other industries.


Watering crops with overhead sprinklers

The Sacramento Bee
EPA sets out to explain water rule that’s riled U.S. farm interests

EPA sets out to explain water rule that’s riled U.S. farm interests

A proposal that federal officials said was intended to simplify federal water laws has instead been interpreted to do the opposite – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scrambling to defend itself to agriculture and other industries.


Watering crops with overhead sprinklers

Foothill Agrarian
Pasture Envy

Jul 9, 2014
Pasture Envy

I'll admit it - sometimes I have pasture envy!  This condition is probably due, at least in part, to my decision to raise sheep in a Mediterranean climate - one that turns golden brown in the summertime.  And while there is much to like about...

The Sacramento Bee
California rice farmers could get pollution credit

California rice farmers could get pollution credit

A proposal to the California Air Resources Board, up for approval in September, would allow Sacramento Valley rice farmers to sell carbon emission offsets as part of the state’s effort to combat climate change. Rice farmers would flood their fields for shorter periods to reduce the decomposition process that emits methane – a potent...

The Sacramento Bee
California rice farmers could get pollution credit

California rice farmers could get pollution credit

A proposal to the California Air Resources Board, up for approval in September, would allow Sacramento Valley rice farmers to sell carbon emission offsets as part of the state’s effort to combat climate change. Rice farmers would flood their fields for shorter periods to reduce the decomposition process that emits methane – a potent...

Foothill Agrarian
Nervous

Jul 5, 2014

Fire season has begun in earnest.  Large fires are burning in the coast range north of San Francisco, as well as on the Modoc plateau.  Wildland firefighters are reporting that fuel moistures are unusually low because of the drought - they ar...

The Sacramento Bee
California toughens enforcement of water violations

California toughens enforcement of water violations

State officials Wednesday adopted emergency regulations to streamline enforcement of water-rights curtailments during the drought. But the State Water Resources Control Board agreed to exempt senior water rights from the new rules.


FILE - In this May 1, 2014 photo, irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between rice farms...

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