Margaret and Sib Fedora, center, at their Sutter County walnut orchard with sons Brian, left, and Chris, right, recommend farm families develop estate plans to address how assets will be distributed from one generation to subsequent generations.
Photo/Christine Souza
Succession plans can assure farms stay in the family
Exactly how a family farm or ranch will be transferred from one generation to the next can be costly, confusing and difficult. Some families address this challenge as soon as children are born, but others just haven't gotten around to it yet. Read more...

Orchard wood recycling offers disposal option
Your old almond orchard has given upward of 25 years of faithful service. Time for those trees to retire. But the biomass plant down the road is closed—put out of business as contracts with utility companies expire—and burning the pile will get you in trouble with air regulators. Now what? Read more...

Commentary: Always be aware when traveling over railroad tracks
With the numerous challenges facing the California agricultural community, it is understandable how rail crossing safety is not a subject of regular focus. However, raising rail safety awareness is a crucial component for California agricultural professionals and workers, to help them make good decisions when working or traveling near railroad tracks. Read more...

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