agriculture

Foothill Agrarian
Profit and the Nature of Farming

Apr 15, 2015

Since Governor Brown announced mandatory reductions in urban water uses earlier this month,  he has repeatedly emphasized that agriculture has already taken a significant reduction in water availability.  He's also made the point that using water to grow food is different than using it to grown lawns (for a similar perspective, check out this...

California Rice Commission
Finding Governor Brown

Finding Governor Brown

A field trip to Colusa County netted the Rice Commission’s Jim Morris much more - a visit with Governor Jerry Brown.

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California Rice Commission
Lions, Tigers and Farms, Oh my!

Lions, Tigers and Farms, Oh my!

Rice Commission CEO Tim Johnson dispels commonly-used myths about farm water use. Read his blog

California Political News and Views
Jerry Brown, the Farmers’ Friend

Jerry Brown 1.0 stood up to farmers 40 years ago while Jerry Brown 2.0 is standing up for farmers during the current drought crisis. In 1975, to the consternation of many framers, Brown signed the Agricultural Labor Relations Act allowing collective bargaining by farm workers. In 2015, Brown’s mandated 25 percent cutback on water...

California Rice Commission
One bird greeting committee

A singing Western Meadowlark takes center stage in this melodic video from the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. 

California Rice Commission
The dichotomy of spring

The dichotomy of spring

There’s great beauty in rice country but huge challenges await. The CRC's Jim Morris writes about the changes coming from the drought.

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Foothill Agrarian
Some Observations on my Dogs

Apr 5, 2015

They learn...Not only are Mo and Ernie learning to work cattle (after a lifetime spent working sheep).  They are learning the terrain at the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center.  They gave me a good demonstration of this last Thursd...

Davis Vanguard
My View: California’s Water Policy Too Late, Fails to Note the 800 Pound Gorilla

Apr 4, 2015
My View: California’s Water Policy Too Late, Fails to Note the 800 Pound Gorilla

While the big news was Governor Brown’s Wednesday announcement of the first mandatory water restrictions in state history after reports that the snowpack is at a remarkable 5 percent of normal, the question is whether it is too little, too late, and misses the key factors contributing to the crisis. As the Bee put...

Foothill Agrarian
Where are Agriculture’s Sacrifices?!

Apr 3, 2015

Finally, after four years of drought, the State of California has mandated reductions in urban water use.  After Wednesday's April 1 snow survey confirmed that the Sierra snowpack is somewhere between five and eight percent of normal (does that th...

California Rice Commission
Point Blue Conservation Science turns 50

Point Blue Conservation Science turns 50

A milestone for a key conservation partner for California Rice. The CRC’s Paul Buttner has more.

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