FROM Heather Cooley
Despite the Drought, California Sees Record Farm Revenues As California’s drought drags on, we’ve been hearing stories about farmers in crisis mode: fallowing fields, digging deeper wells, and irrigating crops with wastewater from oil drilling operations. But a recent report by the Pacific Institute in Oakland seems to turn all that on its head. The report finds that California’s agriculture industry had record revenues in the past two years. Not only that, farmers last year hired more workers than ever before—417,000.
Overcoming the Drought with Desal As the drought continues, desalination is making a comeback in our state. At least 16 areas on the California coast are either building or considering desalination plants. A big new plant in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego, will be coming online this fall. The plant cost a billion dollars to build and will provide some 50 million gallons of water a day, or about 7 percent of the water used by the residents of San Diego County. Decades ago, Santa Barbara built a desal plant that opened in 1992 only to mothball it six weeks later, because rain returned to the area. Now the city is planning to bring the plant back online. Is desal the solution to California’s drought?
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.