Category Archives: Environment

Why industrial farms are good for the environment – op-ed in the New York Times

By Jayson Lusk, professor of agricultural economics, Oklahoma State University There is much to like about small, local farms and their influence on what we eat. But if we are to sustainably deal with problems presented by population growth and … Continue reading

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Moving the Needle on Nitrogen Fertilizer Management in California Agriculture

California Department of Food and Agriculture invests in crop-specific research, training for farmers and crop advisors, and development of best practices for nitrogen use. By Karen Ross, CDFA Secretary As young students we are taught that water, sunshine, seed and soil … Continue reading

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Young African leaders visit CDFA to learn about agriculture, energy and the environment

UC Davis hosted 25 Young African Leaders as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in July as part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. For two of these young leaders, the trip to California also included a visit with CDFA’s Office of … Continue reading

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Address all factors to improve salmon numbers – from the Sacramento Bee

By Don Bransford and Fritz Durst Special to the Sacramento Bee For most people traveling on Interstate 5 in Northern California, Lake Shasta is viewed as a recreational jewel along their journey. The fact is the reservoir is a major … Continue reading

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Hmong farmers getting help from UC Cooperative Extension to weather the drought – from UCANR

By Jeannette Warnert, UC Agriculture & Natural Resources After the Central Valley Hmong Agriculture radio show aired, the phones at the UC Cooperative Extension office in Fresno County were buzzing non-stop with farmers anxious to apply for state grants to … Continue reading

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NRCS making air quality incentives available to agricultural producers

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making air quality funds available to help agricultural producers improve and maintain air quality within designated nonattainment areas of California. Funding for the National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI) is available through the Environmental … Continue reading

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Video: Earth Day @ CDFA

Happy Earth Day from CDFA! This video provides a brief look at just a few of the programs and projects at the California Department of Food and Agriculture that help farmers protect the environment. From healthy soils and dairy digesters to alternative … Continue reading

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The “Iron Wolf” and whole orchard recycling – from the California Almond Board

California almond growers are examining new ways to deal with tree biomass produced by the removal of old orchards other than cogeneration burning. While sending the biomass to cogeneration converts the wood to electricity, returning the wood back to the … Continue reading

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Snowpack’s Water Content Far Greater than One Year Ago, But It’s Still Too Soon to Know Whether Drought Will Be Broken

From the California Department of Water Resources The Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted the winter’s first media-oriented manual snow survey today, and despite the higher-than-average water content for the statewide snowpack, officials said snowfall during the remainder of the … Continue reading

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COMET-Farm: Science-based Tools to help Specialty Crop Growers

Agricultural food production and the relationship with the air, water and soil systems is complex, both from scientific and practical perspectives. Bringing the scientific interrelationships into a user-friendly on-line tool to help agricultural producers understand their entire farming operation’s carbon … Continue reading

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