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California Hosts 17th National Dairy Challenge

College dairy students – 235 in total – from 28 different states and Canadian provinces recently traveled to sunny California for the 17th annual Dairy Challenge.® This was the first time many of the students had visited a Western dairy, which provided extra intrigue and challenge in their task as a consultant team for a local dairy. Visalia, Calif., was …

UC ANR’s Elkus Ranch is an Outdoor Classroom for Local Youth

Half Moon Bay, Calif., (April 24, 2018) – Each year, about 9,000 kids visit the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay for hands-on educational experiences in urban horticulture, nutrition, food safety, pest management, livestock management and food preservation, reported Sara Hayden in April 2018 issue of Half Moon Bay Magazine (the article begins on p. 16). Hayden visited the …

UC Davis World Food Center Relaunches

Davis, Calif., (April 24, 2018) – The University of California, Davis, has renewed its World Food Center within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The World Food Center’s mission is to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of UC Davis to promote innovative, sustainable and equitable food systems. “The renewed program intends to work on local, national and …

Encourage Students to Apply for TCFB’s Youth Leadership Program!

Tulare, Calif., (April 20, 2018) – Tulare County Farm Bureau is seeking applications for the 2018-2019 Youth Leadership Class. The deadline to apply is May 1for this all expense paid eight-month program. TCFB’s Youth Leadership Program is designed to open doors to new experiences for students while providing personal, educational and leadership opportunities within their community and the agriculture industry. It …

UC Davis Students Breed Beans for Organic Farming

Davis, Calif., (April 19, 2018) – Graduate students at the University of California, Davis, have begun field tests on very rare commodities: high-yield, disease-resistant bean varieties that can thrive on organic farms. “Most crops — about 95 percent — have been bred for conventional farming and can be difficult to grow in organic systems,” said Travis Parker, a Ph.D. student …

Sonoma County Ag Days Educates 5,000 Students About All Aspects of Agriculture

Santa Rosa, Calif., (April 18, 2018) – As 5,000 students descended on the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and splashed through puddles on March 13 and 14, it was obvious they were all excited for a day out of the classroom. This year’s theme was the Year of Water and Soil, with an educational emphasis on these elements that are critical to …

Castanon’s 5th-Place Finish Leads Fresno State Soil Judging Team At Nationals

Fresno, Calif., (April 17, 2018) – Fresno State senior Mark Castanon qualified for the International Soil Judging Contest in Rio de Janiero after finishing fifth overall among 88 individuals at the national competition. The Fresno State soil judging team placed 15th for its highest-ever team finish in the national competition. The National Collegiate Soils Contest was hosted by the University …

“Valley’s Gold” promotes Education through Agriculture

Fresno, Calif., (April 16, 2018) – Created in 2013, through a partnership between FCFB and ValleyPBS, “Valley’s Gold” is a local television series that presents a behind-the-scenes look at the economic engine that drives the region, agriculture. Hosted by FCFB CEO Ryan Jacobsen, “Valley’s Gold” provides a window into understanding the people, places and crops of California’s agriculture industry and …

Bayer Collaborates With UC Davis Venture Catalyst to Support Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Davis, Calif., (April 3, 2018) – The University of California, Davis, announced today a strategic collaboration agreement with Bayer Crop Science to foster innovation and economic development in the Sacramento region by providing dedicated facility support for university-affiliated startups — particularly those in the areas of agriculture and food-related technologies. Located within Bayer’s West Sacramento Innovation Hub for Crop Science, the 3,000 …

The CA State Fair Competitions are for Everyone! Which competition is right for you?

Sacramento, Calif., (March 20, 2018) – The CA State Fair, July 13th-29th is looking for Golden State residents with hidden talents! Whether a budding artist or a seasoned baker, there is a category designed for any hobbyist or enthusiasts in the California State Fair Competitions. The competitions which are open are: Photography Student Showcase Fine Arts Crafts Canning and Baking Youth Canning and Baking Up …

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