Yes, Donald Trump Campaigned in … California

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made two quick stops in California on Tuesday for fundraisers, speaking on issues of particular importance to Californians ahead of a Wednesday meeting in Mexico with the President of Mexico, and Trump’s much-anticipated immigration speech in Arizona.

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The Farmer’s Plight Part 2: Rural America’s Nightmare–Again

The growing and unprecedented crisis with U.S. cotton is indicative of the plight of all sectors in American production agriculture. More and more, on the turn rows of western and southern Texas, they grasp for a historical crisis by which to gauge cotton’s present situation in which the industry’s fundamentals are stressed. “The early ‘80s” is often muttered, but quickly dismissed, mainly because interest rates aren’t soaring as they were 35 years ago.

Cotton-based panty liners of the Organyc brand were found to contain tiny amounts of pesticide

Increasing Carbon in Soil Could Be Key to California Drought

Sacramento liberals have tried to starve agriculture during California’s ongoing drought through water restrictions. But farmers could increase production, while decreasing water usage by 25,000 gallons per acre, if they increase the concentration of organic matter in the soil by 1 percent.

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When Water Policy Kills Farming, Consumers Will Pay the Price

When you open your pantry or refrigerator, what do you see? Tomatoes, oranges, lettuce; grains and nuts; chicken and beef; butter, milk, cheese and other dairy products, and yes … almonds – it’s very likely you are looking at products from the Central Valley, most likely grown in the Westlands Water District.

Central Valley aqueducts (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Chinese-American Pleads Guilty to Stealing Genetically-Engineered Seeds

A case of industrial espionage linked to China concluded with prison time, property forfeiture, and possible deportation on Wednesday, as 46-year-old Mo Hailong—a Chinese citizen described as a “permanent resident of the United States” by the New York Times—pled guilty to charges of stealing high-tech seed corn from American companies.

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California Wine, Farming Sectors Support TPP

California’s wineries have come out strongly in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement–known to critics as “Obamatrade”–agreed upon by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations and awaiting ratification by the Senate.

California fruit farm workers (Donna Sutton / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Jerry Brown Limits Antibiotics in Livestock

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a controversial law making California the nation’s strictest regulator of the use of livestock antibiotics, limiting use only to sick animals directly under the care of a veterinarian.

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El Niño: Party Time for California Almond Growers

The raging El Niño Southern Oscillation, a band of warm ocean water in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific, is about to cause droughts in southern Asia–and to bring enough rain to boost California almond production after years of drought-induced decline.

Almonds (HealthAliciousNess / Flickr / CC)

California Raisins Beat Feds at U.S. Supreme Court

You may have heard it through the grapevine: the California raisin farmers who challenged the federal government’s power to seize a substantial portion of each year’s crop as part of a New Deal price-floor scheme had a very strong case under

Richard Simmons and California Raisin (Ezio Petersen / UPI)