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Efficient Technique Discovered for Isolating Embryonic Stem Cells in Cows

Davis, Calif., (February 16, 2018) – For more than 35 years, scientists have tried to isolate embryonic stem cells in cows without much success. Under the right conditions, embryonic stem cells can grow indefinitely and make any other cell type or tissue, which has huge implications for creating genetically superior cows. In a study published this week in the journal Proceedings …

E.M. Tharp and World Ag Expo® “We Believe in Growing” Scholarship Winners Announced

Tulare, Calif., (February 16, 2018) – World Ag Expo® and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up again to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship, which supports local high school students who will be attending four-year universities to major in an agricultural field. This year’s winners, Aalexias Woolf and Abbigail Prins, will each receive $2,500 scholarships to be renewed up …

After the Thomas Fire: Growers Inspire With Resiliency, Optimism

Sacramento, Calif., (February 16, 2018) – The recent holiday season collapsed in flames for thousands of Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents in the path of the catastrophic Thomas Fire. It is considered the largest fire in California history, burning nearly 282,000 acres and destroying more than one-thousand homes and other structures. The fire spread across 440 square miles, more …

Farmers Can Increase Income by Expanding Small Operations with Creative New Businesses

Fresno, Calif., (February 15, 2018) – Farms that sell only fresh produce are dependent on buyers for markets and pricing. The UC Cooperative Extension small farms team in Fresno and Tulare counties believes farmers can earn more money by taking production a step further, by adding extra value to their products with processing, preserving and packaging the produce. UC Cooperative Extension …

Pat Burns Joins Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 15, 2018) – Pat Burns has joined Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors. Burns has served as the General Manager of Vineyard Operations for M. Draxton Wines since 2013 where he oversees the vineyard operations of 250 acres of Cabernet in Alexander Valley. Additionally, Burns is in charge of Grower Relations and purchasing grapes for …

Never Ending Drought – News from UCANR

Sacramento, Calif., (February 15, 2018) – Warm and sunny winter days are no cause for celebration among the farmers, ranchers and forest managers who rely on UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ research-based information and expertise to make their work more profitable. Such is the feeling shared by UC Cooperative Extension advisor Dan Macon in his Foothill Agrarian blog. He began worrying more than a month ago …

California Dairy Digital Magazine: February 2018 Issue

The December issue of California Dairy Magazine is now available to read online! Read the latest California Dairy & Feed industry news and technology.  Here’s a peek of what’s inside: AI Breeding & Consulting with 3 Parreiras Dairy Producers Plea for Emergency Price Increase USDA Delays California Milk Marketing Order Federal Budget Deal Supports Dairy Insurance Controlling Alfalfa Weevils with Pyrethroid Resistance …

2017 IPM Achievement Award Winners Announced

Sacramento, Calif., (February 14, 2018) – The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), will honor four organizations for their achievements in reducing risk from pesticide use in a public ceremony on Feb. 12, 2018. “The variety of award winners this year demonstrates that pests—both in agricultural and urban settings—can be managed successfully using effective, low-risk methods,” said DPR Director Brian Leahy. “Integrated …

Grounded Land and Livestock: Restoration Grazing in Sonoma County

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 14, 2018) – Byron Palmer and Nate Chisholm are the co-founders of Grounded Land and Livestock, working on what they describe as restoration grazing. The company was started in 2015, but the partners have been working together since 2011. Grounded often partners with Sonoma Mountain Institute, a non-profit whose mission is to preserve land for natural, …

Agricultural Legacy: Past and Future

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 14, 2018) – Every February the ag and local community come together to celebrate the legacy of Sonoma County agriculture, mix and mingle with old and new friends, raise money to support the next generation of farmers and, of course, eat delicious crab and drink the best wine in the world made right here in our …

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