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UC launches urban agriculture website

Muir Ranch, a farm at Muir High School in Pasadena, is tended by students and UC Master Gardeners.As local food has gained popularity, more city folks are growing food in their own backyards. Now they have a new online resource to consult about urban farming. The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has launched a website to provide practical, science-based information for urban agriculture.

At the website at, visitors will find information on raising livestock, crop production, marketing and policies for farming in their backyards, on a few acres, at a school or in a community setting. Rachel Surls, a UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Los Angeles...

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM
  • Author: Pamela Kan-Rice

Livestock producers and rice farmers can work together to solve each other’s problems

Cows attacking rice strawlage as a tractor drops it into the feeder.

UC Cooperative Extension advisor Glenn Nader believes two problems could add up to one win-win solution. The California drought has ranchers desperate for inexpensive livestock feed. Air quality protection regulations that limit rice straw burning leave the rice industry with an abundance of...

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8:14 AM
Tags: cattle (13), drought (77), forage (4), Glenn Nader (7), livestock (12)

A Very Showy Butterfly

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) in flight over a passionflower vine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's a good reason why lepidopterists call the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) "showy." Its bright orange-red wings, spangled iridescent silver on the underside, and a four-inch wingspan all point to "showy."  The Gulf Frit is a tropical and subtropical butterfly with a range that...

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

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