Archives for Water/Drought

Ag Rises in the West

New Grassroots Super PAC is launched, gaining momentum. The regulatory persecution of the hard-working men and women who grow the food we eat and fiber for the clothes we wear, has been ongoing by politicians, unelected bureaucrats, and the radical environmental community in California for decades.
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California State Water Resources Control Board a Failure

If your tire has a leak, is filling it with air every morning going to fix the underlying problem? If your home has termites would it be wise to spend money on fixing the damaged wood before exterminating them? Sometimes I feel that those who sit on the State Water Resources Control Board would be the ones filling their tires and paying carpenters to continually fix their homes. For the life of me, when do RESULTS matter? This State Water Board needs to go. They have proven to be a failure by every...
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Why Farm a Desert – Part 2

The whole farming the desert conversation was started by journalists far from the fields. To them it just doesn't make sense. So......they get on their keyboards and write stories about what we do here in the Central Valley of California. But what it really did was expose
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The Farmer, the Rancher, and the Forest

The Forest It took generations of environmental activism and political ineptness to create what we are witnessing this summer in the western United States. Incrementally, knowledgeable people who cared for, nourished and improved the forests where locked out. As a result, the forests became overgrown. Then came the perfect storm. Multiple years of drought. The fuel load became to large
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The End of The Fig Lady

People go out of business every day. It could be due to inexperience, mismanagement, or economic factors, but they close their doors and quit. My reasons for quitting are a little different and if you have a few minutes, I’d like to tell you my story. My name is Tonetta Simone Gladwin and I am the third and final generation
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Why Farm a Desert?

Well….first let’s take a look back into the actual truth of what central valley looked like before a plow touched the soil. A famous explorer described this valley as being abundant in birds and geese of all kinds, antelope and elk in herds by the thousands, rich in fir and pelts, and water in abundance. That was a summation of
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