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A New Chapter

Dec 20, 2014

Next month, I'll be opening a new chapter in my work as a stockman.  In mid January, I will become the herdsman at the University of California’s Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center.  This new job will give me the opportunity to care for grazing livestock (cattle, in this case) and to help...

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I’m Dreaming… of a GREEN Christmas!

Dec 18, 2014
I’m Dreaming… of a GREEN Christmas!

With apologies to Bing Crosby and Irving Berlin...Dreaming of a Green ChristmasOl' Bing had it wrong when he sang his song dreamin' of Christmas snow.After the wreck of '13, I'm hopin' for green grass this Christmas, ya know.No startin' each day loadin...

Foothill Agrarian
I’m Dreaming… of a GREEN Christmas!

Dec 18, 2014
I’m Dreaming… of a GREEN Christmas!

With apologies to Bing Crosby and Irving Berlin...Dreaming of a Green ChristmasOl' Bing had it wrong when he sang his song dreamin' of Christmas snow.After the wreck of '13, I'm hopin' for green grass this Christmas, ya know.No startin' each day loadin...

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Ready for the Storm

Dec 9, 2014
Ready for the Storm

We've probably all heard the saying, "Red sky in morning, farmer take warning."  I'm wondering what this morning'spurple sky means!If the weather forecasters are correct, we're in for a significant storm this week in Northern California.  Per...

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Of Floods and Droughts – Past, Present and Yet to Come

Dec 6, 2014

I just finished reading The West without Water by B. Lynn Ingram and Frances Malamud-Roam.  For the most part, the book is an interesting look at 20,000 years of climate history in the American West, with an eye towards predicting the impacts...

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Stoic Creatures

Dec 3, 2014
Stoic Creatures

Someone more eloquent than I once said that sheep are stoic creatures.  I interpret this to mean that sheep accept whatever comes their way without complaint.  To me, this characteristic is why many stockmen are not suited to raising sheep - ...

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Measuring the Drought: How Farmers and Ranchers Can Report on Drought Impacts

Dec 3, 2014
Measuring the Drought: How Farmers and Ranchers Can Report on Drought Impacts

Note: this blog post was originally published on the Farming in the Foothills blog (at http://ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms/blog/)
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In early November, the California Rangeland Watershed Laboratory at UC Davis hosted a workshop/webinar entitled “Ranching and California's Drought” (for videos of the presentations, CLICK HERE).  For...

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This Drought’s Over – Right?!

Nov 30, 2014

As I write this post on November 30, 2014, I'm looking out the window at cloudy skies and wet ground.  Since Thanksgiving (three days ago), we've measured more than an inch of rain.  For the month of November, we've received just over 4.4 inc...

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Strange Weather

Nov 21, 2014
Strange Weather

I've always been fascinated by weather - even when I was a kid.  I grew up in a home without cable television - the only station that consistently came in clearly was KCRA Channel 3.  I couldn't tell you who the news anchor people were when I...

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Enjoying the Fog – Another Sign of Drought?!

Nov 18, 2014

Normally, I hate driving in the fog.  I learned to drive in the upper foothills, which meant I had more experience driving in snow than fog - and I learned to prefer the snow!  The joke in our family was always, "At least I can usually see wh...

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