California Cotton Ginners & Growers Association President Roger Isom, standing, shares policy and regulatory issues with Southwest cotton farmers -- issues that make California the most expensive place in the nation to produce cotton.
California cotton industry leader
California cotton industry leader Roger Isom explains how the cost of regulatory programs in California costs producers here as much as $12 per bale more in ginning costs than it does other regions of the country. Isom's Fresno-based association is typically the first stop on a week-long tour for the National Cotton Council's annual trip to California.
California cotton farmer Jerry Salvador, center, explains how he grows Pima cotton to Texas cotton farmers Justin Cave, left, and Ty Vardeman, right. Salvador grows Phytogen 881 cotton near Tranquility, Calif.
Visiting cotton growers
From left, Mark Wright, Roscoe, Tex; Ciera Ware, Ralls, Tex; Ty Vardeman, Slaton, Tex; and, Shelby Long, Hollis, Okla. during a stop at Terra Nova Ranch near Helm California.
Different way to farm
From left, Texas cotton farmers Justin Cave, Ackerly, Spence Pennington, Raymondville, and, Russell Williams, Dalhart, see tree nut harvesters and other equipment used by California farmers during a stop along the National Cotton Council's annual producer tour of California farming operations.
Texas cotton farmers
From left, Sam Stanley, Levelland; Dannie Morris, Wellington; and, Curtis Wilde, Wall, next to tree nut harvesting equipment at Terra Nova Ranch near Helm, Calif.
Lettuce seed harvest
Lettuce grown for seed is harvested by sifting the seed through screens.
How it's done
Jorge Rodriguez, center, production supervisor with 3 Star Lettuce, explains how the seed is harvested during a stop along the National Cotton Council's annual P.I.E. Tour in central California.
Chatting with the crew
Texas cotton farmers chat with a tomato harvest crew during harvest operation in central California. California produces over 90 percent of the nation's processing tomatoes.
Don Cameron, center, explains to visiting cotton farmers how water, labor and regulatory issues, and public perception affect his cost of doing business.
Don Cameron shows visiting farmers how pistachios are produced in California. Cameron's pistachios will be harvested starting about Sept. 1.