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The Sacramento Bee
USDA launches $1.2 billion in competitive grants for conservation projects

USDA launches $1.2 billion in competitive grants for conservation projects

The federal government is taking a new approach to conservation with a $1.2 billion program in the Farm Bill that will include competitive grants for soil and water improvements in eight regions, including the longleaf pine forests of North Carolina a...

California Rice Commission
California Rice part of new Critical Conservation Area and we couldn’t be happier

California Rice part of new Critical Conservation Area and we couldn’t  be happier

The USDA includes the state’s rice fields as a critical conservation area. The CRC’s Paul Buttner comments on the importance of this news.
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Foothill Agrarian
Back Where I Started

May 25, 2014
Back Where I Started

Yesterday, we moved our sheep back to Oak Hill Ranch (for those of you who are long-time Auburn-ites, it's part of the old Parnell Ranch).  Physically, this was a relatively easy move - the border collies and I walked the flock about two-thirds of...

Foothill Agrarian
My Friend

May 21, 2014

My friend and fellow farmer JR Smith passed away last Saturday.  JR and his wife Claudia own Blossom Hill Farm here in Auburn - before JR's illness, they grew the most amazing melons, along with organic eggs, vegetable starts, ginger, and a variet...

Foothill Agrarian
Climate Change and Farming: This Shepherd’s Evolving Perspective

May 20, 2014

Every time I read the paper or turn on National Public Radio, I seem to find another story describing the the accelerating pace of global climate change.  This week, I've read articles about the rapid shrinking of glaciers in Antartica (and the po...

YubaNet.com
California’s Central Valley sees big drop in wintertime fog needed for fruit and nut crops

May 20, 2014
California’s Central Valley sees big drop in wintertime fog needed for fruit and nut crops

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YubaNet.com
Economic impact of drought on Central Valley agriculture estimated at $1.7 billion

May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014 - California's drought will deal a severe blow to Central Valley irrigated agriculture and farm communities this year, and could cost the industry $1.7 billion and cause more than 14,500 workers to lose their jobs, according to preliminary...

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The Sacramento Bee
California’s agricultural community must adapt or face climate consequences, scientists say

California’s agricultural community must adapt or face climate consequences, scientists say

Dire consequences face the state’s powerhouse agricultural industry if it does not take steps to adapt to climate change, said a panel of 14 scientists, as well as Gov. Jerry Brown, at a conference on climate change Monday in Sacramento.


Farm worker Angel Salas installs pipes to siphon well water...

The Sacramento Bee
Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends

The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup.

YubaNet.com
Bee losses in U.S. highlight urgent need to restrict pesticides, shift to sustainable agriculture

May 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. May 15, 2014 - Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual report on honey bee losses in the United States based on a national survey of beekeepers conducted with the Bee Informed Partnership. During the winter of 2013...

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