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Reducing Non-native Species Introductions with Risk-based Inspection of International Trade by Amanda R. Lindsay, Michael R. Springborn and Rebecca S. Epanchin-Niell

Oct. 5, 2016

Pests and pathogens can hitchhike on imported goods and cause substantial damage in new environments. Here we describe research that informs the design and evaluates the gains of a new ...

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Behavioral Responses to Disease Forecasts: From Precision to Automation in Powdery Mildew Management by Olena Sambucci and Travis J. Lybbert

Oct. 5, 2016

Disease forecasts aim to optimize disease management and reduce environmental impacts. We find that grape growers value improved disease control from such forecasts, but respond in complex ways that may ...

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Labor Cost Challenges Facing California Agriculture by Philip Martin

Oct. 5, 2016

California will become the first state to require both a $15 an hour minimum wage and overtime pay for farm workers after eight hours of work a day or 40 ...

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The Emergence of University–Private Firm Research and Development Agreements by Gordon Rausser

Aug. 11, 2016

Due to declining governmental funding for basic science, public-private research partnerships have played an increasingly important role in supporting innovative university research and development. This article presents an assessment of ...

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Where Did All the Migrant Farm Workers Go? by Maoyong Fan and Jeffrey M. Perloff

Aug. 11, 2016

The share of agricultural workers who migrate within the United States has fallen by about 60% since the late 1990s. This reduction in the number of migrant farmworkers increases the ...

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Should Communities Get into the Power Marketing Business? by Kevin Novan

Aug. 11, 2016

Traditionally, Californians have been unable to choose an electricity provider. Instead, each region has been served by a single, regulated utility. This model is changing. Local governments are now beginning ...

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California Agriculture: Water, Labor, and Immigration, Philip Martin

June 13, 2016

Farmers fear shortages of water and labor. Both have been in short supply in recent years due to drought and reduced Mexico–U.S. migration. California agriculture may be at ...

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Growers’ Assessments of Challenges Facing the California Rice Industry: Past and Present, Zoë T. Plakias and Rachael Goodhue

June 13, 2016

Rice growers in California face many challenges in 2016. In this piece, we consider current challenges cited by growers and their relationship to past challenges in the industry.

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Water Pricing for a Dry Future: Pricing Policies from Abroad and Their Relevance to California, Ariel Dinar and David Zilberman

June 13, 2016

It is raining again in California. How long will it last and how effective will it be in addressing the long-term water scarcity that the state faces? We live in ...

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Taxing Bottled Water as an Environmental Policy, Andrew Stevens, Peter Berck, and Sofia Berto Villas-Boas

April 25, 2016

Litter from plastic water bottles is an environmental concern for cities and states throughout the country. One potential policy response to this issue is to implement a consumer tax on ...

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