Meet Daniel Van Gerpen – Fresno Painter Depends on Ag for Inspiration

My name is Daniel Van Gerpen, a Fresno based artist. I have been surrounded by agricultural landscapes my entire life. I grew up in the Midwest surrounded by corn and bean fields. The vibrating rows vibrated in my periphery as I endeavored on many a drive through the country. When I moved to California as a young adult I found the fertile fields of the Salinas Valley a source of artistic inspiration. It was not until my migration to the central valley in the throws of a drought that my interest turned to the relationship between the fields and their water sources.
Read More

Banned by Stonyfield Farm – The Follies of Really Bad Marketing

Some of you may have heard about the recent Stonyfield Farm ad campaign. Some of you may not. So here’s a quick update to bring you up to speed. Stonyfield Farm, an organic dairy based in Londonderry, New Hampshire, recently ran an ad with young girls that ran through a series of loaded concerns, in an attempt to create fear of GMO products and convince consumers to purchase their “organic” alternatives.
Read More

The American Farmer

Everyday I watch this man pull out of our driveway. Everyday I worry what the day might hold. I worry that the wind blew too hard during the night. I worry the storm we got the evening before rained where we didn't need it and left the other parched fields starving for a drink. I worry today will be a good day and then the next three will be terrible. I worry he feels more defeat than he does triumph...
Read More

Aerial Application – Agriculture’s Soaring Superheroes

If you grew up anywhere near an agricultural community, you most likely heard the loud buzz of a crop duster flying a near-by field. Back and forth, pass by pass, applying nutrients or protection to resources that would one day be on your dinner table. It is often an industry that is criticized due to misinformation or overlooked, even though it is vital to our great Nation’s food supply. Although you may know them as crop dusters, aerial applicators would be a much more accurate term, because they do so much more that just fly crops.
Read More

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.
Read More

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...
Read More