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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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Davis Vanguard
Agriculture as a Net Sink of Greenhouse Gases: Proposals to Invest Cap-and- Trade Revenues

By Leanna Sweha Governor Brown’s FY 2015-16 budget proposal calls for new actions to further reduce greenhouse gas pollutants (GHG) by 2030, including actions to enhance California’s agricultural lands “to be net carbon sinks, rather than sources, of GHG emissions…” At last week’s California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) Summit, held at UC Davis,...

California Rice Commission
Hope

Hope

The drought is taking a toll but hope remains. More from the Rice Commission’s Jim Morris.

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California Rice Commission
Water sales not a windfall but will help the farm and allow for investments in the future

Water sales not a windfall but will help the farm and allow  for investments in the future

The Rice Commission’s Tim Johnson comments on potential water sales in our region.

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California Rice Commission
Activity begins in Rice Country

Grower Peter Rystrom in Butte County comments on work to prepare fields for planting.

Foothill Agrarian
Crossing a Threshold

Mar 29, 2015

I imagine that the farmers and ranchers who lived through the Dust Bowl felt like the world (at least as they knew it) was ending.  That's the thing about drought - you don't know you're in one until it's well underway, and you don't know when it ...

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