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Drought: Californians must demand better for the state

“Science,” wrote the University of California’s first President Daniel Coit Gilman, “is the mother of California.” In making this assertion, Gilman was referring mostly to finding ways to overcoming the state’s “peculiar geographical position” so that the state could develop its “undeveloped resources.” Nowhere was this more true than in the case of water....

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Davis Vanguard
How Do Environmentalists Reconcile Poverty and Energy Needs with Climate Change?

Apr 16, 2015
How Do Environmentalists Reconcile Poverty and Energy Needs with Climate Change?

There was a fascinating New York Times article that lays bare the dilemma we will face as the needs of climate change reforms runs square into the notion of developing economies and the inequity in the world. The question is how will developing nations that will require large amounts of energy to achieve American...

California Rice Commission
Magic Rice Flour

Magic Rice Flour

The Rice Commission’s Julie Cader shows an easy way to make your own rice flour.

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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...

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