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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 10:46 PM
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California farms are looking greener than ever
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Source: LA Times

California farmers are finishing up harvesting 454,500 acres of cotton, almost 50% more acreage than last year. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times / October 19, 2011)

California farms are looking greener than ever
With prices for many crops near all-time highs, farm income is expected to post strong gains this year. That makes the agriculture sector a rare bright spot in the state's economy.

By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times

November 23, 2011, 7:02 p.m.
Reporting from Fresno
As Californians savor their Thanksgiving feasts, the states' farmers are especially thankful. California's agriculture sector is on track for a record year, a rare bright spot in the state's economy.

Prices for cotton, grapes and other crops are near all-time highs. Foreign buyers are gobbling California almonds, grapes, citrus and dairy products. Agricultural exports through September are up 16% over the same period last year. Net farm income is projected to post strong gains in 2011 after nearly doubling over the previous decade.


That's good news for California, the nation's leading agricultural state and the fifth-largest producer worldwide. In contrast with the grain-and-livestock focused Midwest, California farmers cultivate more than 400 commodities, including more than half of the nation's fruits and vegetables.

Looking for artichokes? Dates? Kiwi? Pomegranates? California accounts for more than 99% of the U.S. production of each of those crops, according to the California Food and Agriculture Department.

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  -California farms are looking greener than ever ellisonz  Nov-23-11 10:46 PM   #0 
  - Fuck cotton  XemaSab   Nov-23-11 10:52 PM   #1 
  - XemaSab is all wool and polyester.  ellisonz   Nov-23-11 10:59 PM   #2 
  - This is how I roll:  XemaSab   Nov-24-11 01:03 AM   #12 
  - Cotton is one of the few fabrics that don't feel like sandpaper on my skin.  Odin2005   Nov-23-11 11:23 PM   #6 
  - HEMP!  shanti   Nov-24-11 11:36 AM   #22 
  - Cotton is not exactly a green crop  formercia   Nov-24-11 01:33 PM   #25 
  - I wish we would get more California fresh produce. IDK where it's going.  freshwest   Nov-23-11 10:59 PM   #3 
  - Yup, and they're doing it all with taxpayer subsidized water  tularetom   Nov-23-11 11:03 PM   #4 
  - Don't forget the $20 billion in farm subsidies.  Lasher   Nov-24-11 02:25 AM   #15 
  - That was my first reaction -- cotton is a thirsty crop.  eppur_se_muova   Nov-24-11 11:17 AM   #18 
  - It feels like a 3rd world country here. Our crops go for export, not to feed us.  kestrel91316   Nov-23-11 11:09 PM   #5 
  - exactly  shanti   Nov-24-11 11:37 AM   #23 
  - Some Cali green here...  Bennyboy   Nov-23-11 11:29 PM   #7 
  - Now this stuff would bring a lot of great tax revenue, IF it were legal.  CaliforniaPeggy   Nov-23-11 11:37 PM   #8 
  - Yes it would. But you know the drug warriors would never allow that...  ellisonz   Nov-23-11 11:48 PM   #10 
     - Actually, the DuPont clan will never allow hemp rope to compete with nylon rope.  phasma ex machina   Nov-24-11 02:07 AM   #14 
     - and then there's the california wine industry  shanti   Nov-24-11 11:36 AM   #20 
  - that looks so goood  roman7   Nov-25-11 03:05 AM   #26 
  - and they're doing it by destroying the Colorado River.  provis99   Nov-23-11 11:42 PM   #9 
  - Agreed.  ellisonz   Nov-23-11 11:50 PM   #11 
  - And saving the....  CanSocDem   Nov-24-11 09:23 AM   #16 
  - oh yeah?  DBoon   Nov-24-11 11:11 AM   #17 
  - also requires high chemical inputs eg. fertizer and pesticides.  DCBob   Nov-24-11 11:36 AM   #21 
  - whatever happend with the hemp legislation. thought it went to Gov Brown to sign? nt  msongs   Nov-24-11 01:47 AM   #13 
  - he vetoed it.  shanti   Nov-24-11 11:38 AM   #24 
  - Oregon is doing well too  bhikkhu   Nov-24-11 11:35 AM   #19 

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