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New West Nile Virus detections in horses

A dangerous disease, west Nile virus, has returned to California this summer. The disease has been detected in four horses – two in Riverside County, one in Tehama County, and one in Shasta County. Two of the horses have died … Continue reading

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Young farmers educated, indebted – from the Sacramento Bee

By Edward Ortiz Sonoma farmer Andrea Davis-Cetina didn’t discover her passion for farming until she went to college. She entered Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., intending to study photography but, during a stint on the campus farm, found herself enjoying … Continue reading

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Video: the Tree of 40 Fruit – from National Geographic

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Wasps used to protect citrus trees from fatal disease – from the Los Angeles Times

By Geoffrey Mohan They look like grains of black sand inside a prescription vial. But each speck is a wasp that is lethal to the offspring of the Asian citrus psyllid, an aphid-size bug that spreads the bacteria that cause … Continue reading

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Updated UC Davis report on drought impacts to agriculture

UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences finds $1.84 billion in losses due to drought in 2015. Job losses and crop fallowing about 30 percent greater than 2014, but study notes that irrigation districts and farmers are showing more resilience than … Continue reading

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The Farmer and the Chef – from Sacramento Magazine

By Marybeth Bizjak Kurt Spataro and Suzanne Peabody Ashworth at Peabody Ranch in West Sacramento. Photography by Marc Thomas Kallweit   It’s 4 p.m. on a Tuesday at Formoli’s Bistro in East Sacramento, and farmer Susan Hanks has just dropped … Continue reading

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Rent-a-chicken comes to California – From CBS-13, Sacramento

A farm in Davis has started a new program allowing people to rent chickens to get a first-timer’s taste of backyard chicken farming. For those still trying to find a place in the pecking order of backyard chicken farming, this … Continue reading

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The Sutter Peach

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California State Climatologist: Do Not Count on El Nino to end drought

State Climatologist Michael Anderson issued the following statement on potential El Niño conditions: “California cannot count on potential El Niño conditions to halt or reverse drought conditions.  Historical weather data shows us that at best, there is a 50/50 chance … Continue reading

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Our system of Weights and Measures – always evolving, yet still the same

As this nearly 60-year-old video shows, times have changed, but the need for an accurate system of measurement has not. The demands of California’s sealers of weights and measures are the same as for English practitioners in 1956 – take … Continue reading

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