Ian Schwartz, CBS Sacramento, May 1, 2014
SUTTER COUNTY (CBS13) – For months farmers have only been able to guess how the drought would affect them, but this year’s planting season brings bad news. Not only are the crops hit hard, other businesses are feeling the pain. (more…)
Why rice is not grown in San Luis Obispo County
Published Summer 2011
With the bounty of agriculture products in San Luis Obispo County, you many wonder why rice is not a local crop. After all, thousands of varieties grow in more than 100 countries as a staple food for over half the world’s population, and rice has fed more people a longer period than any other crop. But the climate and resources determine where rice can grow – and SLO County lacks the warm summer nights, vast level acreage and water necessary to flood fields.
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Montna wins award for conservation efforts
Appeal Democrat • December 09, 2010 11:46:49 PM
By embracing solar panels, flooding his fields for wildlife habitat and setting aside acreage into California’s first wildlife-friendly agriculture easement, Sutter County rice grower Al Montna has been recognized for practicing exemplary land stewardship and management.
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By Ashley Gebb
, Appeal Democrat • February 13, 2009 12:09:16 AM
The sun isn’t just helping grow rice at Montna Farms — it is drying the grains, too.
The farming operation has partnered with MMA Renewable Ventures and SolarCity to help get off the grid. Montna Farms, which is one of the largest suppliers of short-grain rice in the United States, plans to supply 65 percent of its energy needs with two acres of solar panels.
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