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CDFA: Verwey-Hanford Dairy Digester Project, Kings County

Sacramento, Calif., (March 20, 2017) – Phil Verwey knows that happy cows produce better and more milk, and recent California Climate Investments in his dairy have made both Mr. Verwey—and his cows—very happy.  Thanks to a $3 million grant from the CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program in 2015, along with $4 million in matching funds, the animal manure …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (March 14, 2017) – Temperatures warmed up last week between 10 and 20 degrees, with a drier pattern taking hold over much of the State. Rainfall was largely confined to the northern one third of the State, with generally light rains falling along the central/northern valley, central/northern coast, and snow into the central/northern Sierras on Monday through Wednesday. …

UC Davis Tops World Rankings in Veterinary Science – Ranks No. 2 in Agriculture and Forestry

Davis, Calif., (March 13, 2017) – The University of California, Davis, held onto its top spot in veterinary science in the latest QS World University Rankings released today (March 7). And for the fifth consecutive year, the campus is among the top-ranked universities in agriculture and forestry, taking second place in the ranking this year. First in veterinary science since …

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report for February 2017

Fresno, Calif., (March 9, 2017) – Across the County, plantings of barley, oats, triticale, wheat, and winter forage are all growing well due to an abundance of rain. Some fields have already started to develop seed heads. Herbicides and fertilizers were applied to fields between storms. Ground preparation was underway for rice fields in Firebaugh. Alfalfa broke dormancy but growth …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (March 7, 2017) – A lot of variation in the weather across the State as a departing Pacific system exerted its influence onto the State. Monday, heavy rainfall across the southern quarter of the State, with areas along the immediate coast receiving up to two inches of rain. Heavier rainfall fell in the coastal mountains immediately inland of …

Uncovering the Hidden Life of Soil

  Davis, Calif., (March 6, 2017) – Kate Scow, a professor of soil science and soil microbial ecology at UC Davis, keeps plastic bags filled with soil on her desk. We are meeting in her office in Plant and the Environmental Sciences Building on campus, not out at Russell Ranch, where she’s the director of the university’s unique 300-acre research facility …

John Vlahos Passes Away

Modesto, Calif., (February 28, 2017) – The California dairy industry lost one of its top legal minds and advocates last week. John Vlahos, who had been an integral part of the California milk pricing world since 1964 –defending California dairy farmers at the state appellate court level all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, has passed away. Mr. …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (February 28, 2017) – Another wet week, with temperatures staying steady. Widespread freezes were reported Thursday through Saturday across the State. Rainfall followed a similar pattern Monday through Wednesday, with the heaviest rains falling in the northwestern mountains, and the northern and central Sierra foothills. Four to five inches of rain fell in these places, with two to …

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