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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 …

Young California Farmers, Ranchers Earn Recognition

Sacramento, Calif., (March 7, 2018) – Service to community and Farm Bureau earned awards for participants in the California Young Farmers and Ranchers program, and a student from Fresno State University won the national Collegiate Discussion Meet, during the annual American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R conference in Reno. California Young Farmers and Ranchers earned three national awards related to food …

Fresno County 4-H Corner

Fresno, Calif., (March 7, 2018) – Have you ever wondered who owns the animals at the Big Fresno Fair or who exhibits items in the different buildings? Chances are, those exhibitors are 4-H members. 4-H is a hands-on youth development organization whose motto is “to make the best better.” Our club, Blossom Trail, is an excellent example of this motto, …

UC ANR Receives Innovations In Networking Award For Broadband Applications

Parlier, Calif., (March 6, 2018) – The nonprofit organization CENIC has awarded the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources its 2018 Innovations in Networking Award for Broadband Applications. The award recognizes work to extend high-speed broadband to University of California researchers in rural communities across California by connecting UC ANR sites to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN). “The internet …

Farm Bureau Calls for Clarity on Exemptions for Agricultural Haulers

Washington, D. C., (March 6, 2018) – While again urging the Department of Transportation to grant agricultural haulers a waiver and limited exemption from the electronic logging device mandate, Farm Bureau in recent comments responded to the department’s efforts to provide clarity to the 150-air mile agricultural commodity exemption and the hours of service regulations. Until recently, very few Farm …

UC Davis Leads World in Veterinary Science, Second in Agriculture

Davis, Calif., (March 6, 2018) – The University of California, Davis, continues to be ranked first in the world in veterinary science and second in agriculture and forestry, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings by subject released today (Feb. 28). Among 48 disciplines, UC Davis ranked in the top 50 in seven. In addition to veterinary science and …

Western Growers Board of Directors Votes Unanimously to Oppose Flawed Immigration Bill

Irvine, Calif., (March 5, 2018) – Legislation that would worsen the worker shortage crisis for farmers throughout the country has received unanimous opposition from the board of directors of Western Growers, whose members supply more than half the fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, grown both conventionally and organically, in the United States. Western Growers members are based in California, …

CDFA Now Accepting Applications For Healthy Soils Program Technical Assistance Grants


Sacramento, Calif., (March 5, 2018) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting grant applications from non-profits, universities and California Resource Conservation Districts (RCD) offering technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who are interested in applying to the state’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP). “If we are to meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals and improve the health …

Bakersfield Dairy Farmers Embrace Climate Smart Technology

Bakersfield, Calif., (March 5, 2018) – For second generation dairy farmer Felix Echeverria, dairy farming is a family affair. His father, an immigrant from Spain’s Basque country, began milking cows in Southern California in the early 1950’s. Since then, Mr. Echeverria and his brother Johnny, have spent most of their mornings on dairy farms, waking early to milk the cows, …

New California Waterfowl Tracker Website Launched to Help Poultry Producers Assess Bird Flu Risk

Sacramento, Calif., (March 2, 2018) – Circles on the California Waterfowl Tracker map shows where waterfowl are feeding and roosting. Red indicates a high density of birds, orange is medium density and yellow is low density. To reduce potential exposure to avian influenza, a new interactive website is now available to help California poultry producers, backyard poultry enthusiasts, regulators and …

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