agriculture

The Sacramento Bee
White House buzz: Federal officials move to curb losses in U.S. bee population

The White House and federal officials are coming to the rescue of the lowly honeybee, pumping money and extra resources in an attempt to avert continued, major losses among the nation’s buzzing pollinators.

The Sacramento Bee
White House buzz: Federal officials move to curb losses in U.S. bee population

White House buzz: Federal officials move to curb losses in U.S. bee population

The White House and federal officials are coming to the rescue of the lowly honeybee, pumping money and extra resources in an attempt to avert continued, major losses among the nation’s buzzing pollinators.


A bee pollinates a pink flowering quince in a garden in Delaware

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Foothill Agrarian
Do we have the food system we deserve?

Jun 17, 2014

I heard a story on National Public Radio last night about large scale farming.  Based on the 2012 Census of Agriculture, NPR reported, just 4 percent of U.S. farms produce 67 percent of our food.  The story focused on one large family farm in...

Placer County Online
Bees create a buzz in Placer County agriculture

Placer County is well known for a wide variety of agricultural commodities including rice, mandarins, and more recently, wine grapes, but perhaps not so well known is the vast number of honey bees buzzing around the county’s summertime blooms.  Bee keepers in Placer County range from small hobby farms with two or three hives...

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Foothill Agrarian
Drought Update – Marketing our Lambs 2014

Jun 13, 2014
Drought Update – Marketing our Lambs 2014

As I've written previously, one of the consequences of the drought is a change in how we market our lambs.  In the past, we've tried to market most of our lambs as meat, directly to our customers.  We sold lamb at farmers' markets, to restaur...

Foothill Agrarian
Prepared – I hope!

Jun 12, 2014

Last week, we started marketing our feeder lambs.  One of our buyers, Jim Bierwagen, is a fellow farmer - the Bierwagen family has farmed in Chicago Park for well over 100 years.  Jim is also a firefighter, and a brief moment during his visit...

The Sacramento Bee
California bill under consideration would allow underage winemakers to sip and spit wine

California bill under consideration would allow underage winemakers to sip and spit wine

The family business brought Holly Reynolds from a grape farm in Kansas to the renowned viticulture and enology department at the University of California, Davis. Students, some of them too young to legally consume alcoholic beverages, work with g...

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Foothill Agrarian
Emergency?! Not in the District of Columbia!

Jun 3, 2014

Last winter, during the midst of our 50-something-day dry spell, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a variety of assistance programs designed to help California farmers and ranchers cope with the drought.  Some of these programs helped r...

FOX40
Olivehurst Prune Processing Plant Destroyed in Large Fire

Jun 2, 2014

OLIVEHURST-

Smoke continues to billow from the Shoei Foods Processing Plant in Olivehurst Monday morning after a fire scorched 200,000 acres over the weekend.

Witnesses say flames soared 50 feet into the air as firefighters battled to keep the damage …


The Sacramento Bee
Campus-grown produce is the pride of UC Davis

Campus-grown produce is the pride of UC Davis

UC Davis students and alumni who want to show their school pride can do more than wear a school T-shirt. They can eat UC Davis tomatoes, munch UC Davis bacon and dip their bread in UC Davis olive oil. For a while, they could even drink Aggie Lager.


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