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UCCE Recommendation for Backyard Poultry Owners in Areas Affected by the Fires

Chickens in yard

By Dr. Birgit Puschner, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine andMaurice Pitesky, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine-Cooperative Extension   In addition to all the destruction and inhalation of smoke associated with the recent fires in Northern California, one of the unfortunate legacies remaining are chemical contamination of land, soil and water.  The wildfire debris can include household hazardous waste (e.g. batteries and other...

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:07 AM
Tags: fire (2), Poultry (3)

Researching Post-wildfire Produce Safety

Tubbs Fire burning east of Bicentennial Way. Photo by Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle

Air quality in Sonoma County has been significantly impacted by the fires that spread through the region. The full scope of the air contamination is still unknown, but likely includes high concentrations of likely carcinogens including heavy metals, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Local farms and gardens played a significant role in food relief efforts immediately following the start of the fires, contributing produce to shelters and kitchens....

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:06 AM
Tags: fire (2), Master Gardeners (11), Produce (4), smoke (1), UC Berkeley (1)

Importance of Working Landscapes to California's Economy and Climate Change

Rangeland grazing in Sonoma County (Photo Credit: USDA)

To accelerate California's policy leadership in the face of global crises like water scarcity, climate change and uneven economic development between urban and rural areas, it is essential to recognize of the importance of the state's natural capital, especially in relation to working landscapes and rural economies. The California Economic Summit defines working landscapes to include farmland, ranches, forest, wetlands, mines, water bodies and other natural resource lands, both private and...

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 9:21 AM
  • Author: Stephanie Larson
  • Author: Adam Livingston
  • From: California Economic Summit

Carbon Sequestration on Rangelands: Addressing Climate Change

Fig 1: Loren Poncia checking sugar levels of grass

Carbon is the energy currency of most biological systems, including agricultural ecosystems. All agricultural production originates from the process of plant photosynthesis, which uses sunshine to combine carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air with water and minerals from the soil to produce plant material, both above and below ground. Agriculture is the ONE sector that can transform from a net emitter of CO2 to a net sequestered of CO2 There is no other human-managed realm with this...

Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 1:27 PM
Tags: carbon (1), greenhouse (1), rangeland (8)

4-H Week Celebrated with Gold Resolution

2017 Gold Resolution: 4-H Week

  Celebrating National 4-H Week for the 75th consecutive year, Sonoma County 4-H program was presented with a Gold Resolution at the Oct 2 Board of Supervisors meeting. "4-H is deserving of public recognition for its distinguished record of helping young people become healthy, happy, and thriving citizens who make a positive difference in their communities... the Board of Supervisors hereby proclaims October 1-7, 2017 as National 40H Week in...

Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 8:35 AM
Tags: 4-H; 4-H Week (3)

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