agriculture

Foothill Agrarian
Ernie’s Progress – August 3, 2014

Aug 3, 2014
Ernie’s Progress – August 3, 2014

Another installment in the ongoing saga of Ernie the sheep dog!Ernie put in a full day's work today.  We started by hauling lambs back to leased pasture (we'd sheared them yesterday).  Ernie brought them from the trailer to the paddock with n...

Foothill Agrarian
Bugs

Aug 2, 2014

I think it's impossible to work outdoors and not interact with bugs - insects, spiders, etc.  This week has been a reminder!Towards the end of summer, we start seeing praying manti - riding the sheep, climing the fences, perching on the tall grass...

The Sacramento Bee
USDA announces 1st update to poultry inspection rules since 1957

USDA announces 1st update to poultry inspection rules since 1957

The new rules require plants to conduct their own testing and sampling of birds for the first time for food-borne pathogens such as campylobacter and salmonella, at least twice during the production process. Chickens

Foothill Agrarian
One Man’s Weeds – Another Man’s Forage

Jul 30, 2014
One Man’s Weeds – Another Man’s Forage

Or How I  Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Yellow StarthistleSoldiers in the War on Weeds!Okay, so I don't really love yellow starthistle, but my attitude about weeds is evolving.  Back in 2001, I dragged my young nieces and oldest daughter ...

The Sacramento Bee
Yuba County reports another record year for ag products

The gross value of Yuba County’s agricultural production for 2013 set another record at nearly $235 million, a gain of almost 9 percent over the previous year, according to a new report released by Louie Mendoza, the county’s agricultural commissioner.

The Sacramento Bee
Cathie Anderson: Farm Fresh To You now offering customized produce boxes in Northern California

Farm Fresh To You, which has operations in the Capay and Imperial valleys, revamped its business operations recently to customize produce boxes it delivers to thousands of customers’ front doors.

Appeal Democrat
Farm jobs decline in Yuba-Sutter

Farm employment has dropped markedly in Yuba-Sutter compared to 2013, and it seems likely the drought is the culprit.

The Sacramento Bee
Influx of young women changes the face of California farming

Influx of young women changes the face of California farming

On most mornings, Katie Fyhrie, 25 and Emma Torbert, 35 meet at dawn at their Davis fruit farm.


Katie Fyhrie, 25, begins her day recently by harvesting nectarines with Cloverleaf farm owner Emma Torbert, left, on a stone fruit orchard at the Collins Farm in Davis. The two women are...

The Sacramento Bee
Influx of young women changes the face of California farming

Influx of young women changes the face of California farming

On most mornings, Katie Fyhrie, 25 and Emma Torbert, 35 meet at dawn at their Davis fruit farm.


Katie Fyhrie, 25, begins her day recently by harvesting nectarines with Cloverleaf farm owner Emma Torbert, left, on a stone fruit orchard at the Collins Farm in Davis. The two women are...

The Sacramento Bee
Cap-and-trade could aid preservation of California farmland

Cap-and-trade could aid preservation of California farmland

Abandoning the farm that he had worked for three decades, and that his wife’s family had owned for over a century, was never an option for Dan Port.


The state aims to save agricultural land, like this rice field near Dunnigan, by paying farmers fees from cap-and-trade money.

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