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Monthly Archives: November 2013

December is Farm to Food Bank Month – Pushing for 200 Million Pounds of Food Annually by 2015

It is believed that more than 49 million people are food insecure in our nation – one in every six Americans.  In California, almost 4 million people are food insecure, which means they could not afford enough food at least … Continue reading

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Growing California video series – Casa de Memories

The next segment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown, is “Casa De Memories,” a profile of Casa de Fruta, a roadside landmark in San Benito County.

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Secretary Ross talks food – from the Sacramento Business Journal By Ed Murrieta Karen Ross, California’s head of Food and Agriculture, grew up on a cattle farm in western Nebraska. “This is a true confession,” Ross said over lunch (last month). “I grew up doing farm work and telling my … Continue reading

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“Nigiri Project” shows that salmon and rice are a good match long before reaching sushi plate – from the Sacramento News and Review By Alastair Bland The fields of the Sacramento River floodplain generate much of the nation’s rice supply—but if managed just right, it seems they could also help produce wild fish. A two-year experiment led in part by UC Davis scientists … Continue reading

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Calling Small Farmers! California Small Farm Conference now accepting applications for scholarships

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  December 6, 2013 CONFERENCE: March 9-11, 2014 The California Small Farm Conference is a unique opportunity for small-acreage farmers and ranchers to get a leg up – and you might even qualify for a scholarship to attend. Small … Continue reading

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Dairy digester to turn cow waste into electricity – from the Sacramento Bee

Read the original story from the Sacramento Bee The small city of Galt on Sacramento County’s southern edge was founded by farmers, ranchers and dairymen like Arlin Van Groningen, a third-generation dairy farmer who continues the family tradition on a … Continue reading

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Video – Nutrient Management for Farmland Irrigation Systems

“Nutrient Management for Farmland Irrigation Systems” is one of a series of videos on conservation from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The series is called, “There’s a Plan for That.”

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The Story of the Leopold Conservation Award – Video

The Sand County Foundation’s Leopold Conservation Award Program honors landowners across the U.S. for outstanding voluntary achievement in conservation practices that improve their bottom line and our environment. The award has been called, “The Nobel Prize for agriculture.”

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