Articles Tagged With ‘Agriculture’




Is water banking in SLO County’s future?

Eyes on your water: First in a series of reports on the North County’s festering water politics. By DANIEL BLACKBURN Little San Luis Obispo County is poised to become a major player in the West’s high-stakes water future, even while... (Continue reading)

Brown’s drought emergency significant to farmers

Gov. Jerry Brown is slated to declare a drought emergency today which could lead to the reallocation of water from seasonal crops to permanent crops. [CNBC] Brown’s declaration means that crops such as avocado trees would have priority over crops... (Continue reading)

California farmers removing grape vines

California farmers are ripping up grape vines and switching to higher yielding crops to cope with an ongoing drought, according to a report by San Rafael wine broker Ciatti Co. [Mercury News] The report estimates that California vintners will remove... (Continue reading)

Common sense use of water resouces

OPINION By CAROLEE KRIEGER My name is Carolee Krieger and I represent the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN, online at www.c-win.org). We are a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to common sense use of California’s scant water resources. We provide context... (Continue reading)

Big ag’s $50 million Obamacare contract

Western Growers Association, a group staunchly opposed to the Affordable Care Act, won a $50 million contract to manage Obamacare in California. [Calbuzz] Pinnacle Claims Management Inc., a subsidiary of Western Growers Service Corps, won the lucrative three-year contract earlier... (Continue reading)

Gibson plants 500 trees while calling for ag moratorium

By KAREN VELIE and JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson planted 500 new citrus trees on his rural Cayucos property several months ago while pushing to impose tough water conservation measures on agriculturalists in the Paso Robles... (Continue reading)

Steer doused with lighter fuel, set on fire

Paso Robles police are trying to figure out who doused a 5-month-old steer with lighter fluid before setting the cow on fire at the Paso Robles High School agriculture barn between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The owner of the... (Continue reading)

Cattle theft on the rise in California

Cattle have become a popular commodity among thieves in California. [Sacramento Bee] In 2012, cattle owners reported 1,317 stolen or missing cows. The total of stolen or missing cows increased by 22 percent since the beginning of the recession. “It’s... (Continue reading)

County investigating possible water ordinance violators

San Luis Obispo County code enforcement staffers are investigating a dozen reports of people violating a temporary water ordinance that prohibits the planting of new vineyards in the Paso Robles groundwater basin area under most circumstances. On Aug. 27, the... (Continue reading)

Appellate court upholds California foie gras ban

A federal appellate court upheld California’s ban on the sale of foie gras last week. [LA Times] Foie gras is fatty liver produced by the force-feeding of birds, typically ducks or geese. California banned the force-feeding of birds to fatten... (Continue reading)