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New farmers get help from USDA

New farmers get help from USDA

The No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture came to UC Davis on Monday and announced the launch of a website and other measures to help beginning farmers. With the skyline of Sacramento in the background, rice farmer Tom McClellan wal...

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New farmers in Sacramento region get help from USDA

New farmers in Sacramento region get help from USDA

The No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of Agriculture came to UC Davis on Monday and announced the launch of a website and other measures to help beginning farmers. With the skyline of Sacramento in the background, rice farmer Tom McClellan wal...

The Sacramento Bee
UC Davis study finds link between pesticides, autism

Pregnant women who live near areas where agricultural pesticides are applied experience a higher risk of delivering children with autism or other developmental delays, a UC Davis study has found.

Foothill Agrarian
Of Wolves and Hard Work

Jun 23, 2014

Note: On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Sacramento Bee published an op-ed piece entitled "Hard work remains to keep California's wolves safe" (to read the article, click here). While I'm certain that the Bee's readership is not universal in its support of the listing of the wolf as endangered by...

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Pregnant women living near where agricultural pesticides are applied at greater risk for a child with autism, UC Davis study says

Pregnant women living near where agricultural pesticides are applied at greater risk for a child with autism, UC Davis study says

Pregnant women who live near areas where agricultural pesticides are applied experience a higher risk of delivering children with autism or other developmental delays, a UC Davis study has found.

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The Sacramento Bee
White House buzz: Federal officials move to curb losses in U.S. bee population

The White House and federal officials are coming to the rescue of the lowly honeybee, pumping money and extra resources in an attempt to avert continued, major losses among the nation’s buzzing pollinators.

The Sacramento Bee
White House buzz: Federal officials move to curb losses in U.S. bee population

White House buzz: Federal officials move to curb losses in U.S. bee population

The White House and federal officials are coming to the rescue of the lowly honeybee, pumping money and extra resources in an attempt to avert continued, major losses among the nation’s buzzing pollinators.


A bee pollinates a pink flowering quince in a garden in Delaware

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Foothill Agrarian
Do we have the food system we deserve?

Jun 17, 2014

I heard a story on National Public Radio last night about large scale farming.  Based on the 2012 Census of Agriculture, NPR reported, just 4 percent of U.S. farms produce 67 percent of our food.  The story focused on one large family farm in...

Placer County Online
Bees create a buzz in Placer County agriculture

Placer County is well known for a wide variety of agricultural commodities including rice, mandarins, and more recently, wine grapes, but perhaps not so well known is the vast number of honey bees buzzing around the county’s summertime blooms.  Bee keepers in Placer County range from small hobby farms with two or three hives...

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Foothill Agrarian
Drought Update – Marketing our Lambs 2014

Jun 13, 2014
Drought Update – Marketing our Lambs 2014

As I've written previously, one of the consequences of the drought is a change in how we market our lambs.  In the past, we've tried to market most of our lambs as meat, directly to our customers.  We sold lamb at farmers' markets, to restaur...

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