How Did California Farmers Turn This Desert State into an Agricultural Superpower?

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The Midwest has been called the breadbasket of America, with the Great Plains region growing much of the grains the country depends on for some of its most vital foodstuffs. Texas is home to almost as many cattle as human beings, and is both the economic and cultural heart of the American cattle ranch industry. But in the past century, it’s California that has established itself as the dominant agricultural center of the United States.

Not only is California one of the largest economies in the entire world, but it is by far the largest agricultural center and crop producer in the entire country. When it comes to cash crops and exports, the Golden State’s top three exports are almon

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How Farms and Ranches Can Offer More Job Security

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Agricultural production has been a thriving business since well before the expansion of the industrial age. Farming and ranching have always been a necessary factor in civilized society and will continue to be. Even now there more than 2.2 million farms in operation throughout the United States.

Not only have farms and ranches been providing people with the food and goods they need to survive for countless years, but they have been the source of financial support for countless individuals and their families. These industries are so prevalent in some states that for devoted areas such as Texas, one out of every seven working citizens — about 14% of employed people — work

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Selling Your House Hints that Will Raise The Value of Your Home

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Selling a home is a long, complicated process that can leave homeowners very frustrated. To catch the interesting of a potential buyer, home owners must put a certain level of effort into the appearance of their home with the hopes that it will sell. Here are a few hints that home owners can use to help raise the value of their home and help catch the interest of home buyers.

Curb Appeal

First impressions always last, and can often be a major deciding factor in the home buying process. If you?re looking to sell your home at a good price, it?s suggested that you put a little effort into how the house looks on the outside. Tidy up your lawn by k

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Three Reasons Renting an Apartment May Be Wiser Than Buying a House

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In choosing where to live one of the most important things to consider is whether or not to buy or rent. Even with the economy having recovered from the recession in 2008, investing in a mortgage can still be a very risky option. As an alternative, many are looking to the convenience of the best apartments they can find; with the many available in options in luxury apartment rental a great opportunity might be (literally) just around the corner. The following illustrates why one might find renting an apartment more advantage

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When Settling Down, Don’t Settle for Less

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The move into a new home can be difficult, especially when you’re leaving an empty nest. Not only are you leaving a place you may have lived for what seems like forever, but you’re leaving familiar people and places behind. Leaving a place you called home is never easy, but that doesn’t mean that finding a new home has to be difficult!

People in Generation X account for nearly 30% of all new home sales. So no matter how alone you may feel in your search for a new home, there are countless people in the same situation! A relaxed lifestyle is ideal for most retirees, and there are amazing real estate opportunities for just that, especially co

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How To Make Your Dream Of Ranching A Reality

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As the world?s population grows, so does its need for food ? by 2050, the world will need its food production to have grown by 70%. Much of this food comes from farms and ranches, and with that need for food growing, now might be the time to get into the agricultural business. Whether you?re looking to own a farm or a luxury ranch, it?s a great industry to start off within. And yes, it?s very possible to become a farmer or rancher without prior experience; you just need to know the right mentors, and what the current agricultural landscape is like.

What Is The Difference Between A Farm And A Ranch?

A huge misconception is that a farm and a ranch are the same thing. In fact, a farm is vastly different from a ranch.

Is Your Dream Home Out There? Homeowners Want Community, Safety

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When it is time to move into a new home, most people have a simple list of requirements. They want to find a nice house in a safe neighborhood with a vibrant community. School districts are often important to potential homeowners, but while some people would prefer to live on an attractive lake property, others prefer to find a new community in the desert or mountains, or even in a larger city.

The “home essentials” that potential buyers are looking for may vary drastically

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3 Common Questions About Donating During the Holiday Season

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Many people are eager to give back to their community during the holiday season but are unsure as to how the process works. The truth is, donating is one of the easiest things you could ever do, and your charitable donations make a huge difference in a family’s holiday experience.

Before donating, people often ask questions such as: Why is it important to donate? Where do my donations go? Where can I donate clothes? If you’ve ever wondered about any of these things, here are the answers to all your important donation questions:

    Why is it important to donate? Donating is an essential part of reinvigorating a community and providing hope to those who are down on their luck. You will feel incredible knowing that you have made a palpable difference in the lives of a real family ju

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Are You Exhausted When you Wake Up in the Morning?

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When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? Do you struggle to sleep through the night, and then wake up tired in the morning? The amount of sleep Americans get is similar to sleep amounts from recent decades, but that amount is much lower than the amount of rest people got in 1942. On average, in the 1940s Americans slept 7.9 hours a night. Today, only 59%F of Americans get seven or more hours of sleep at night. The remaining 40% get less than seven hours of rest a night. While sleep figures are largely unchanged according to Gallup polls taken in the 1990s and 2000s, there is no denying that Americans are losing as much as seven hours of sleep a week from our counterparts 60 years ago.
Study after study shows that getting the proper amount of rest is important for both physical and mental

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One Simple Feature Can Make Your Yard a Luxurious Getaway

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Pergolas are beautiful, trellis-like arches that balance simplicity and intricate visuals. You can often find them covering walkways of famous gardens like the Biltmore grounds in North Carolina or your local botanical gardens. These structures are highly versatile, but are not exclusive to the super-rich! Give your home that luxurious garden feel with these different types of pergolas.


We think of gazebos as open tower-like rooms in the middle of the yard, but a pergola can make for a much more casual covered sitting area that is still open to the view around you. You can sit in the sun without suffering the full glare of summertime heat.

That said, it’s not

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