Agriculture

Hampton Pearson tells us why a raisin farmer is getting his day in court, but not just any court, the Supreme Court.

If you tuned in to talk radio in Los Angeles last week, you might have heard some screaming. “The farming industry is using 80 percent of the water, and they’re 2 percent of the economy, justify that!” shouted John Kobylt of KFI radio’s “John and Ken Show.” Kobylt was ripping into Brad Gleason, who manages …

Bison, it’s the meat that’s in a bull market. Jane Wells tells us why demand for bison is booming.

The Hearst family has 82,000 acres of working ranchland, but they chose not to develop it and they’re still making millions.

Despite rains in the northern and southern portions of California over the last couple days, experts say the state’s severe drought is on track to cause an economic loss there of roughly $3 billion in 2015—up from roughly $2.2 billion last year. “There’s going to be significantly more pain this year than there was last …

At the nation’s largest peach farm there’s a big union standoff that’s being closely watched by small farms and agricultural giants around the country.

Julio Lopez owns and runs Cadre Landscaping in the Southern California city of Glendale. The 54-year-old Lopez said he’s been so swamped with work lately, he’s unable to handle the dozens of calls he gets from homeowners wanting to remove their current lawns and put in drought-resistant ones. “Most of my business is commercial real …

Voters in California on Tuesday easily approved a $7.2 billion bond initiative to fund various state water projects. The measure includes funding for new water storage projects, water recycling efforts, storm water recovery, building of new dams and efforts to provide safe drinking water for those in need. But relief from the severe drought—now heading …

Jane Wells tells us the surprising companies and sectors most at risk as the California drought drags on.

It seems like a sin of nature that trees may be adding to the misery of California’s extreme drought. But that may be the case, according to researchers from the University of California. The problem is with forests that have grown denser with trees and brush over time in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. What’s good …

The list of crops affected by California’s ongoing drought is growing. This time it’s pumpkins. While this year’s crop is expected to be normal—a pumpkin from California weighing 2,058 pounds took first prize and set a new tournament record this week—the lack of water is forcing many pumpkin growers to face the possibility of plowing …

The Federal Aviation Administration next month is expected to issue preliminary guidelines on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems or as they are better known, drones. For the most part, drones are currently banned in the U.S., while other countries have more open use policy. And it could take months, even years before the …

A decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to ban imports on U.S. poultry is leaving folks hungry—just not the ones he intended. Putin’s move in early August to block American chickens has backfired, sources in the poultry industry say, leaving Russians to pay more at the supermarket for poultry products while American producers remain largely unscathed. The Kremlin …

Predictions of a second year of record grain harvests in the U.S. should seem like a cause for celebration. But for grain farmers and grain elevator operators in states like Minnesota and the Dakotas, it’s a near disastrous crisis that could continue to cost them tens of millions of dollars. The reason: A lack of …

Prices on same major grains may be heading lower right here at home. That’s because just today the government reported a bumper crop of corn, soybeans and what. With so much product coming out of U.S. farms, prices on those major crops all edged lower in trading today. So will record-setting crop yields translate into …