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Foothill Agrarian
Ranching: Some Observations on Guard Dog Behavior

Aug 6, 2013

On my lunch hour today, I let sheep into a new paddock that I had constructed before work this morning.  This new paddock is bounded on three sides by electric fencing, and on the remaining side by an existing field fence.  On the other side ...

Foothill Agrarian
Another Way of Looking at This!

Aug 6, 2013

If you've read my blog for the last year or so, you know that I've been struggling with questions of scale and economic viability.  Even with a part-time job, I'm finding that the income from my current operation isn't adequate to meeting my famil...

Foothill Agrarian
Ranching: A Few Thoughts about Raising Livestock and Selling Meat

Aug 5, 2013

As I was making a meat delivery this afternoon, I heard a story on National Public Radio about a taste test of the first laboratory-created hamburger in England today.  Seems some university researcher (I was disgusted at this point, so I didn't p...

California Rice Commission
New Blog- Learning the Lingo

New Blog- Learning the Lingo

By Maddie DunlapRice tipping?? No, not cow tipping, rice tipping.  Growing up in Maxwell around agriculture I speak farmer pretty well, but working at the California Rice Commission I’ve learned a few new terms.  Last week on a media tour a...

Foothill Agrarian
Ernie’s Progress – Days ?

Aug 3, 2013

Yesterday marked Ernie’s first real day as “the dog” - we had lots of work to do, and Ernie was the only dog available.  And last night, Ernie discovered the other side of tired.First, I should describe the work we needed to complete.  ...

Foothill Agrarian
Ernie’s Progress – Day 18

Aug 1, 2013

I don't have too much to report today, other than the fact that I used Ernie briefly this morning to move about 75 ewes into a newly expanded section of their paddock.  He did well for the most part - I'd still like to see him open up his flanks, ...

Foothill Agrarian
Field to Fork: Our Favorite Mutton Recipes

Aug 1, 2013

As you know if you've been purchasing from us at the Old Town Auburn Farmers' Market, we've added grass-fed mutton to our line of products in the last several years.  This summer, we've started working with Smokey Ridge Charcuterie to provide meat...

FOX40
Farming: Early grape harvest in Lodi anticipated due to hot dry summer

Aug 1, 2013
Farming: Early grape harvest in Lodi anticipated due to hot dry summer

LODI-

Grape growers and winery owners like Steve Felten are anticipating an early harvest in Lodi this season.

“Mother nature, it all depends on what she throws at you. Sometimes it’s a blessing,” said Felten, owner of Klinker Brick Winery.…


Foothill Agrarian
Ernie’s Progress – Days 11-16

Jul 30, 2013

My sessions with Ernie were interrupted a bit by our annual camping trip - we spent 4 days on Sonora Pass with friends, so Ernie didn't have much to do over the weekend.  I did use him, however, on the day we left as well as today.Before we left o...

California Rice Commission
Wildlife Species in Focus

Wildlife Species in Focus

View eight colorful brochures that provide details on wildlife species that rely on California rice fields for their habitat.AMERICAN BITTERNAVOCET/BLACK-NECKED STILTBALD EAGLEBLACK TERNLONG-BILLED CURLEWGREAT EGRET/SNOWY EGRETWHITE-FACED IBISNORTHERN ...



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