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USDA offers a helping hand

A wetter-than-usual February has helped turn the brown hills of California’s coastal ranges and Sierra foothills a light shade of green, and while these rangelands won’t be mistaken for Ireland anytime soon, this precipitation was a welcome relief from weeks of severe drought conditions. Despite this much-needed rainfall, 2013 was one of the driest years […]

March 14, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

USDA builds the American Dream

* Editor’s note: The follow is excerpted from a speech given Oct. 24 at the 46th annual Farm-City Harvest Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Woodland Chamber of Commerce. I frequently tell people that I’ve got the best job in California. Most days, my “office” is one of the many thousands of farms in our great […]

November 03, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Why immigration reform is needed now

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a commonsense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion. This was an important step in the right direction — especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities. The historic legislation passed by the Senate provides a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million people who are […]

August 18, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A fresh look at next Farm Bill

Recently, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out his priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill legislation and noted that we need to think bigger than the words “Farm Bill” suggest. This major legislative package, drafted only once every five years, is about a whole lot more than farming: It’s about supporting jobs in the future, […]

November 01, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

In praise of farmers, ranchers

Special to The Enterprise In most parts of California, the harvest is well under way. As summer turns to fall and many of our stateÕs farmers and ranchers are busy gathering the fruits of their labors, I believe it is an important time to reflect on everything that these men and women do for our […]

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