Millerton Lake

California at a crossroads

Just how bad the current California drought will make things for the state’s 40-odd million residents is a matter of speculation. One thing’s for sure: every state resident will need to sacrifice. There is no other choice at this point. Years of inaction by our elected leaders bowing to the hyperbole of environmental activists has…

Cotton harvester

What I like about my job – 2.0

One of the cool things about my job is the opportunities to take photographs. It’s actually how I wound up in journalism. I loved photography and decided to add writing to my skill set. I like being near these large behemoth machines, taking photographs of them in action. In this case a large harvester quickly…

19th Century technology saves oil

Who needs ethanol-laced gasoline, electric-only cars, an over-rated hybrid or a car that fits in the bed of a standard-size pickup when you can power a four-door sedan down the road, with the A/C on, utilizing modified 19th Century technology, and average 46 mpg city and highway? Hint: No spark plugs required! Thanks to my…

My passion for agriculture

I was given a tremendous opportunity recently to join the staff of Western Farm Press. I say “tremendous” because it not only affords me the chance to write about, photograph and work in agriculture, of which I have developed a passion for, but on a very personal note it allows me to live closer to…

Food production = national security

Today as we celebrate our political independence from England, let us not forget what the early settlers had to accomplish immediately after setting foot on the shores of the new country they sought to inhabit. Without the ability to at first purchase, but shortly thereafter produce, the first settlers had to become skilled in agriculture.…

Worthless information abounds

If worthless information were a cash crop there would be no contest at who the top farmer in America would be. The U.S. Government. While I don’t want to disrespect the states and their rivers of unimportant information spread across the Internet, I must say that the Federal Government via the USDA takes the proverbial…

Why are we still using food for fuel?

This troubles me as a consumer. It should trouble all consumers. That 20 ethanol plants are being idled because of a drought-induced shortage of corn ought to serve as a wake-up call for those involved in converting food into fuel. I’m more concerned about consumers like myself than I am the shuttering of these plants…