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Foothill Agrarian
Managing Pastures for Mules and Horses

Apr 30, 2014
Managing Pastures for Mules and Horses

Note: I wrote this article for the American Mule Association newsletter last year - thought it might be of interest here!

As a mule owner who also happens to be a commercial sheep producer, I try to pay close attention to the health of my pastures.  While our mules get...

Foothill Agrarian
Foothill Forage Conditions – Observations on Drought, Sheep Grazing and Vegetation

Apr 28, 2014
Foothill Forage Conditions – Observations on Drought, Sheep Grazing and Vegetation

Some of our filaree is waist-high - at least to10-year-old Emma!If you've been reading this blog during the last 6 months, you're probably tired of reading about the drought.  I hope you'll bear with me - as someone who has been living with the im...

Appeal Democrat
Ag news: Every wonder why are the trunks of trees in orchards are painted white?

Q: Why are the trunks of trees in orchards painted white?

The Sacramento Bee
The Public Eye: UCD, growers in dispute over strawberry research

The Public Eye: UCD, growers in dispute over strawberry research

Just a few months ago, California Strawberry Commission President Rick Tomlinson was looking at the possibility of losing a valuable asset for strawberry farmers up and down the state – the public breeding program at UC Davis.


The Public Eye

The California Aggie
New UC Davis coffee course leads to exploration of coffee major

Apr 22, 2014

During Winter Quarter 2014, UC Davis offered its first coffee course to students. Students could enroll in ECM 1: The Design of Coffee, taught by Professor William Ristenpart of the Chemical Engineering Department. According to ECM 1 teaching assistant (TA) Jerry Sanborn, the class allowed students to breach out from the more typical college...

YubaNet.com
Groups Rally in Support of Legislation to Ensure Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Livestock and Protect Public Health

Apr 22, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA, April 22, 2014 – Health professionals, advocacy groups and legislators gathered in the State Capitol on Tuesday in support of AB 1437, a bill introduced by Assembly Member Kevin Mullin (CA-22) that seeks to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics by limiting the use of medically important classes of antibiotics in meat and...

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The Sacramento Bee
Beekeepers search for answers as colonies show up damaged after almond farm pollination

Beekeepers search for answers as colonies show up damaged after almond farm pollination

As many as 80,000 bee colonies have died or been damaged this year after pollinating almond trees in the San Joaquin Valley, and some beekeepers are pointing to pesticides used on almond orchards as a possible cause.


Bees pollinate almond trees blooming in the Modesto area in February. Tens of...

Foothill Agrarian
Wildflowers and Rangelands – and Grazing Animals

Apr 17, 2014
Wildflowers and Rangelands – and Grazing Animals

I believe these are Blue Dicks( Dichelostemma pulchellum)I know this is a Mariposa Tulip- just not sure which one!Seep-spring Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus) - I think!Pretty sure this is a Delphinium of some sort - and I thinkit's poisonous, too. &nb...

Foothill Agrarian
A Difficult Day

Apr 14, 2014

It's been so long since I had a regular 9-to-5 office job, I'm probably out of practice when it comes to complaining about Mondays!  I hope you'll bear with me - I'm going to complain about this one!First thing this morning, I checked our ewes. &n...

YubaNet.com
“Cesar Chavez” — A Film That Tells It Like It Really Was

Apr 14, 2014

April 12, 2014 - Anyone hoping to understand the long, fierce struggle to win a decent life for the highly exploited men and women who harvest our fruits and vegetables should not miss the recently released film, "Cesar Chavez." Although technically a feature film, it's actually a documentary, in that it vividly recreates ­-...

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