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Economics of the Drought for the Sacramento Valley

Economics of the Drought for the Sacramento Valley

With harvest over and crop reports now in, we can get a better sense of the drought’s impact on farms. By any measure, it was one of the most severe droughts in memory.

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California Rice Commission
Million Dollar Smile

Million Dollar Smile

From her childhood on a rice farm through decades of musical performances, LaVerne Grell is a Sacramento Valley treasure. Read about her inspiring story

Foothill Agrarian
Research Cowboy

Jan 25, 2015
Research Cowboy

I've only been at the University of California's Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center for a little more than a week, but I'm thinking this new job - as a "research cowboy" - is going to be a pretty good fit for me.SFREC is a 5,700-acre ranch t...

California Rice Commission
The Invisible Winter Grain

The Invisible Winter Grain

It’s a large crop in our state but you may not notice it for much of the year. The story of Winter Wheat.

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California Rice Commission
New program provides major boost to protecting wildlife in California Rice

New program provides major boost  to protecting wildlife in California Rice

The Rice Commission’s Paul Buttner outlines a promising new program that could pay big dividends for wildlife protection in rice fields.

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California Rice Commission
Winter Wildlife Update

Grower Brian McKenzie comments on bird activity and the drought impact on their family farm in Pleasant Grove.

Foothill Agrarian
Global Weirding

Jan 12, 2015
Global Weirding

As I was setting up fences this morning to give my ewes some additional grazing for the day, I was startled to see two large flocks of geese flying high overhead, headed north.  While we have lazy resident Canada geese that don't migrate, these ge...

Foothill Agrarian
Selling Sheep

Jan 8, 2015

For some time now, I’ve realized that my current income level (between my current part-time job and our sheep business) doesn’t meet my family’s needs.  While I’ve been planning to return to college to obtain a masters degree, I’ve also decided to take a full-time job that will provide enough income and allow...

Foothill Agrarian
2015 Shepherding School

Jan 5, 2015
2015 Shepherding School

Once again, Flying Mule Farm (in collaboration with UC Cooperative Extension) is offering a series of workshops designed to help new and aspiring shepherds get started in the sheep business.  These workshops will give students basic information on...

California Rice Commission
One big happy extended family

One big happy extended family

Our social media channels have sparked widespread interest in the Sacramento Valley and overseas. Communications Manager Jim Morris looks at our international community. Read his blog

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