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High School Students Who Worked with UC Mentors Big Winners In Ag Science Fair

Davis, Calif., (March 12, 2018) – Nine Woodlake High School students took part in the UC Davis Agriscience fair research project competition, held at the campus March 2-3. Several who worked with UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center scientists took home winning ribbons. “We are very proud that we played a part in making these students winners,” said Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Lindcove director. Lindcove has been conducting …

CDFA Accepting Proposals For Small Dairy Research

Sacramento, Calif., (March 12, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals to address small dairy climate change research. Supported by a $250,000 allocation from the Budget Act of 2017, these grants will fund research proposals that evaluate how small dairies differ from large dairies in adapting and mitigating to climate change. The proposals …

CDFA Announces Grant Funding Available For Healthy Soils Program

Sacramento, Calif., (March 9, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP). The program provides funding for incentivizing and demonstrating soil health practices that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gases, and improve soil health. The HSP has two components: the HSP Incentives Program and the HSP Demonstration Projects. The …

California’s Desert Agriculture Is Hot Stuff

Parlier, Calif., (March 9, 2018) – Stretching from the Death Valley to Calexico, California’s vast dry desert is home to a unique and important agriculture industry. It’s a place where summertime temperatures often top the 115-degree mark. Where water supplies for irrigation depend on the Colorado River, but upriver states are claiming more of it. Where evapotrasporation – a reference …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (March 9, 2018) – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of Major crops in the most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Corn is being planted as weather allows. Last week’s rain helped with winter wheat and oats growth. Ground preparation is continuing for spring row crops. Alfalfa fields need more …

South America Palm Weevil is Killing Palm Trees in Southern California

San Diego, Calif., (March 13, 2018) – South American palm weevils that have made their way north from Mexico are having a destructive impact on palm trees in the San Diego region, reported Abbie Alford on CBS News 8 TV in San Diego. UC Cooperative Extension specialist Mark Hoddle, the director of the Center for Invasive Species Research at UC Riverside, toured the reporter through the …

CDFA Now Accepting Applications For Alternative Manure Management Program Technical Assistance Grants

CDFA CalAgNet

Sacramento, Calif., (March 8, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting grant applications from non-profits, universities, and California Resource Conservation Districts that will offer technical assistance to farmers and ranchers interested in applying to the state’s Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). “These grants dollars will help fund workshops and other assistance in the application process, …

CDFA Announces Vacancies On The Avocado Inspection Advisory Committee

Sacramento, Calif., (March 8, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing two vacancies on the Avocado Inspection Advisory Committee (AIC). This committee makes recommendations to the CDFA secretary on all matters pertaining to the California Avocado Inspection Program. This program ensures that avocados purchased by consumers have met standards established by the industry to provide …

Native Wildflowers Bank on Seeds Underground to Endure Drought

Davis, Calif., (March 8, 2018) – Native wildflowers were surprisingly resilient during California’s most recent drought, even more so than exotic grasses. But signs of their resilience were not evident with showy blooms aboveground. Rather, they were found mostly underground, hidden in the seed bank, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. For the study, published March …

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