agriculture

Foothill Agrarian
Different Year, Different Drought

Mar 10, 2015
Different Year, Different Drought

Our continued dry weather and scant snow pack make it increasingly likely that 2015 will be another drought year in my part of California.  While conservation and prudent management mean that our own irrigation district (the Nevada Irrigation Dist...

California Rice Commission
The West Side

Mar 10, 2015
The West Side

Travel to western Colusa County rice country in this latest album from Brian Baer. View the photos

California Rice Commission
Man, this neighborhood is loud!

A pair of ducks find themselves in a busy rice field along with a plethora of hungry shorebirds.

Davis Vanguard
The Lack of Vision Paradox, Part II

Mar 10, 2015
The Lack of Vision Paradox, Part II

On Sunday, I published a column, “The Lack of Vision Paradox, Part I.” In it, I argued that the city of Davis lacks a clear vision and goals for the future. Instead, I see a patchwork of goals and policies that could threaten to undermine this entire endeavor. I then argued, that this lack...

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Foothill Agrarian
Farming Mythology

Mar 8, 2015

I'm currently teaching a course on natural resources conservation at our local community college.  Last week, we discussed sustainable agriculture.  I started with a group exercise, asking my students to describe a "factory farm" and a "susta...

Foothill Agrarian
Why a Lamb Becomes a Bummer (and What Happens Then)

Mar 4, 2015
Why a Lamb Becomes a Bummer (and What Happens Then)

Mo keeping track of our newest bummer lambIf you raise sheep, at some point, you'll have a lamb whose mother won't - or can't - take care of it.  Sometimes we discover a lamb in our pasture that hasn't bonded with its mother.  Sometimes we ha...

California Rice Commission
Coots and Sundown

Coots and Sundown

A frequent inhabitant of rice fields gets the star treatment at sundown. Brian Baer photos from Sutter County. View the photo album

California Rice Commission
Your Story matters

Your Story matters

Farmers and ranchers have a compelling story that benefits and interests many. Lauren LaGrande writes about spreading the word about agriculture. Read her blog

California Rice Commission
Simply Manna

Visit a Sacramento County mushroom farm and learn about its surprising connection with California Rice. Brian Baer video.

Foothill Agrarian
Why Shepherds Worry

Mar 1, 2015
Why Shepherds Worry

Our flock of ewes started lambing last Saturday.  While I love this time of year (I've written previously that lambing season is like six weeks of Christmas), I also worry during lambing.  I try to limit my worrying to things I can do somethi...

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