Cary Blake

Associate Editor,
Western Farm Press

Cary Blake, associate editor with Western Farm Press, has 32 years experience as an agricultural journalist. Blake covered Midwest agriculture for 25 years on a statewide farm radio network and through television stories that blanketed the nation.
Blake travelled West in 2003. Today he reports on production agriculture in Arizona and California. He also covers New Mexico and West Texas agriculture for Southwest Farm Press.
Blake is a native Mississippian, graduate of Mississippi State University, and a former Christmas tree grower.

Will farm bill be a Christmas gift?
California’s top agricultural leader believes Congress could become Santa instead of Scrooge by delivering an adopted farm bill by Christmas or shortly thereafter.
Mid 70-cent cotton price expected to be around awhile
The short-term outlook for Upland cotton prices is for a continuation in the mid 70-cent range per pound, according to Jarral Neeper, president and chief executive officer of the Calcot marketing cooperative based in Bakersfield, Calif.
Court ruling renews agriculture’s call for reliable labor law
Agricultural leaders contend the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Arizona’s controversial immigration law means industry organizations must continue to push Congress to modify farmworker laws to provide a more reliable and legal labor supply for businesses including agriculture.
New Lipan pecan variety offers good yield, disease resistance 2
The new pecan variety Lipan — released as a trial variety last July — is a large, high-quality nut which generates excellent yields and improved disease resistance.
Pepper disorder: resistant cultivars a solution?
Spicy, delicious peppers are much loved by consumers, but a problem called Stip disorder, which damages some pods, is causing heartburn for some producers and processors.
USDA/APHIS specialist says — Insect, disease ‘could take out citrus industry’ 2
The phrase ‘Life on the Inside’ sounds like a movie about a convicted felon sentenced to prison without parole. In reality, the phrase represents the new status quo for U.S. citrus nursery growers.
Bruce Heiden is High Cotton Award winner for West region
W. Bruce Heiden, who is this year’s Far West Farm Press/Cotton Foundation High Cotton award winner, is closing in on his sixth decade of growing cotton in an environment unlike that of any other U.S. Cotton Belt state.
Monsanto refutes CFS ‘victory’ claim
The victory claim by the radical environmental group Center for Food Safety (CFS) in the wake of this week’s U.S.
Sorghum expansion tied to cellulosic ethanol
The long-term growth of the U.S. sorghum industry lies in part with scientists unraveling paths to economically produce
USDA to shift farm export efforts
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to shift farm export expansion efforts from a “one-size-fits-all” approach
Microalgae: New crop for feed, fuel
Microalgae, one-fiftieth the size of a human hair, could revolutionize Sunbelt agriculture, boost farm profits, and
Growers voice NLGMA support
Television attorney Perry Mason would be proud of the crucial testimony and meticulous cross-examination during the
NLGMA based on safety and science
Public hearings always amaze and amuse in how issues can be so widely (and wildly) interpreted. Denise Morse,
Floundering cotton prices forecast for 2009-2010
U.S. cotton prices in 2009-2010 are expected to flounder between 57 and 65 cents per pound as the U.S. tries to market
NLGMA hearings seek public input
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct seven listening sessions over the next several weeks to garner
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