Farm Progress

It's challenging times out there for growers of all sorts, including Mendocino's famed marijuana farmers.

Farm Press Staff

November 16, 2015

2 Min Read
<p>It&#39;s not just the walnut trees growers have planted to take advantage of profit-making opportunities; infrastructure was built in California to address what was hoped to be steady growth in an industry some are now saying could see trouble with heavy crops and lagging world demand.</p>

MWD considers buying four delta islands to solve some water problems: Farmland in the heart of California’s river delta region could be purchased by the large water agency to provide various water supply and environmental benefits.

A few California farmers have lots of water; can they keep it? Growers in California’s Imperial Valley know they are sitting on a valuable liquid commodity used to grow much of the nation’s winter vegetables. How long they can use it for food production is a matter of much speculation.

Walnut bubble may be bursting in Sacramento Valley: As California could shake a record-high walnut crop, some in the industry fear the push to plant new orchards in recent years could put the world in an oversupply and thus depress prices for years to come.

California wine, farming sectors support TPP: Presidential candidate Donald Trump may see it as ceding trade favors to China, but farming interests across the Golden State seem to think it’ll be good for agriculture.

Could solar energy be California’s next cash crop? Solar arrays continue to be planted on some of the richest soil in the world as California growers look to make money from land once thought to be ideal for row crops and almonds.

Solar energy blotting out nature, farms in California: Study suggests that nearly 30 percent of land used to plant solar projects once grew crops and sustained livestock.

Illegal marijuana farms may poison the rare Fisher in California: For a long time California’s famed marijuana farms – hidden in the lush forests of the North Coast – have been largely ignored. Now that they're allegedly killing endangered species attitudes may be changing.

Will ‘Big Marijuana’ obliterate the small family farms of Mendocino County? It’s all a matter of terms. “Big Marijuana” could force small-time “tree” farmers in Mendocino County to find creative markets for their “manicured flowers.”

California drought could boost indoor farming demand: Ohio looking to indoor vegetable growing operations to boost economic development and entice farming to leave the Golden State for the Buckeye State.

USDA California regional climate hub – champions of change: Hubs rely on support of early-adopters to lead agriculture into more sustainable and productive practices.

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