Agriculture

Recent headlines on California Groundwater

Behind Those California Water Headlines: Problem Solved! Let's All Go Home!?

July 6, 2016

What's behind the recent headlines on California groundwater? Does a new study suggest the problem is solved, and that we can all go home? Er...no! 

Helen and Cesar Chavez with six of their eight children in 1969 near Delano, California. Standing from left are Anna, Eloise and Sylvia. Seated from left are Paul, Elizabeth and Anthony. (Photo: United Farm Workers)

Remémbrense — In Memory of Helen Fabela Chavez, 1928 to 2016

June 13, 2016

On June 6, 2016 we said goodbye to Helen Fabela Chavez, a first generation Mexican American, wife, mother, activist, union bookkeeper and visionary, born in Brawley, California. 

Welcome to California, Mr. Trump...

May 31, 2016

Last Friday in Fresno, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate for President in November, took on the California drought with his usual attention to detail and accuracy. 

Speaking at a rally, Mr. Trump reportedly said it was "insane" and "ridiculous" to decribe California as having a "water problem."

photo: flickr.com/23155134@N06 (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Cleaning Up Corporate Ag, Cleaning Up Our Water

May 18, 2016

There’s nothing better on a spring or summer day in Minnesota than enjoying a relaxing day in the sun, swimming or fishing on your favorite lake or river. Unfortunately, in many parts of the state this isn’t possible or safe because the water isn’t clean enough. Excess chemicals, fertilizers, and sediment from irresponsible agricultural practices are among the biggest obstacles to the quality and health of Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, and streams.

big agriculture continues to cause major nitrate pollution problems in California

Help Us Solve California’s Nitrate Problem

May 11, 2016

Agriculture was a $54 billion industry in California in 2014, and the numbers have continued to grow each year despite the drought.  But that profit comes at a cost and one of those costs is water quality in our farming communities.