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Almond Hulls Enhance Low Quality Alfalfa in Dairy Cattle Diet

As severe weather events impact an already limited supply of alfalfa feed in California, research at UC Davis is showing that combining almond hulls with lower quality alfalfa can help improve digestibility for dairy cattle. Watch this brief interview with Postdoctoral Researcher Katherine Swanson as she elaborates on the study results.  Read more about it in California Dairy Magazine. Please …

Benefits of Grazing Sheep Over Winter Alfalfa

If fertilizer costs are bogging you down and you can hardly get into your wet alfalfa field this winter anyways, consider grazing sheep in the field.  That’s what diversified California feed grower Bret Sill is trying out this winter.  Watch this brief interview with Bret as he explains, and read more about it in California Dairy Magazine. Please thank this …

Preparing for the Next Round of Funding for CDFA Methane Management Programs

CDFA recently announced awards for the 2022 Alternative Manure Management Program, as well as the Dairy Digester Research & Development Program, These programs are very competitive, and Paul Sousa from Western United Dairies encourages interested dairy producers to start preparing now to apply for the next round of funding.  Watch this brief interview with Paul as he explains and read …

The Purpose of the California Raisin Administrative Committee

Monte Schutz, Chairman of the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC), was among the panelists sharing their views of the current State of the California Raisin Industry this year at the annual Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo.  Watch this brief interview with Monte as he reminds growers of some of the essential roles the RAC plays in serving the industry.  Read …

Changing Labor Laws & Regulations Ag Employers Need to Know

As California farmers prepare for the New Year, there are some labor-related changes to laws and regulations that ag employers need to be aware of.  Watch this brief interview with Adam Borchard from the California Fresh Fruit Association as he explains, based on his recent presentation at the Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their …

State of the Central Valley Wine Industry and Harvest Report

Wine grape growers in the Central Valley made it through another challenging year and brought in a quality, but lighter harvest.  Watch this brief interview with Jeff Bitter from Allied Grape Growers as he describes the season’s successes and challenges, as well as wine market conditions — based on his recent State of the Wine Grape Industry address at the …

What the Coming Farm Bill Could Mean for Specialty Crop Agriculture

As specialty crops become a bigger topic of conversation in the development of a new US Farm Bill, California growers could potentially receive more national support than ever before.  Watch this brief interview with Sara Arsenault, new Vice President of the Almond Alliance of California as she explains — based on her presentation at the recent Tree & Vine Expo. …

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