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Need to identify a weed or pest in your garden, orchard or vineyard?

IPM cards

Want to know what bug is making holes in the leaves of you shrub or eating your fruit?  Or what is the pesky weed you cannot get rid off? The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources publications have four sets of Pest Identification cards for you. These pocket-size, sturdy, laminated cards can be easily carried with you as a quick reference wherever you need them.  The sets are also available as electronic publications formatted for iOS and Kindle...

Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 9:47 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Pest Management

CDFA to Fund Alternative Manure Management Practices in 2018

Manure

Through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) was awarded $99 million for the 2018 Dairy Digester Research and Development (DDRDP) and Alternative Manure Management Programs (AMMP) in 2018. It is anticipated that $19 - $33 million will be allocated to AMMP and $61 - $75 million to DDRDP. While applications for DDRDP are due February 23, a request for applications for AMMP has not yet occurred, but projected for March 2018 with proposals due...

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 3:49 PM

North Bay Farmers Explore New Local Sales Opportunities

Local farmers tour Sebastopol’s Community Market during a UCCE Tour to Meet Buyers in December

Small- to mid-scale produce farmers know that direct marketing--that is to say, making sales directly to consumer at farmers markets, farm stands, and similar channels--cuts out middlemen and helps farmers retain the greatest portion of their sales. Yet direct marketing can be a big demand on farmers' time and has its limits, since not all potential customers shop at these venues. As the local food movement grows in scope, diversifying sales outlets to include new local wholesale channels such...

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 3:25 PM
Tags: Farmers (1)

Citizen Science project: Backyard Chicken Egg Study

Thank you for participating in our citizen science project

GOT EGGS? The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCD SVM) is providing free egg contaminant testing for backyard chicken owners in the state of California.  Results will be shared individually with each owner, and cumulative results will be summarized and made available to the general public.  We are testing eggs for two different types of contaminants. Fire Contaminant Testing Due to the recent fires, there is concern about backyard chickens ingesting...

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 9:43 AM

How much will it rain?

A JOURNEY THROUGH SEASONS by Luiza Vizoli

Hard to say, but we have a page that can help answer that question so you can prepare. You will find nifty maps (my favorite is NOAA's wind map!), gardening tips and additional weather and climate resources.  Check out our Weather & Climate page. 

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 8:49 AM
Focus Area Tags: Environment

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