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Citizen Science project: Backyard Chicken Egg Study

Backyard Poultry Egg Study UCANR 2 preview

Introducing Dr Maurice Pitesky, the Chicken Whisperer.   Maurice has a great opportunity for egg-loving residents to have their backyard chicken eggs tested for FREE!   Request to you: If you have egg laying chickens, this is the project for you. Watch the video and send in a couple of eggs to UC Davis or drop them off at UCCE Sonoma office!*    Please spread the word to anyone and everyone in California!    What the UC Davis School of Veterinary...

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 11:36 AM
Tags: Citizen Science (1), Eggs (1), Poultry (5)
Focus Area Tags: Food

UC IPM Team Win International Award

Bob Van Steenwyk, Lucia Varela, Rhonda Smith and Frank Zalom of the EGVM Team in 2016 accepting the UCANR Distinguished Service Team Award

Three of the twelve awards announced for the upcoming International IPM Symposium will be given to UC Integrated Pest Management Program members including Lucia Varela and Rhonda Smith from UCCE Sonoma. The European Grapevine Moth Team was selected for an IPM Team Award for achieving the eradication of European grapevine moth only six years after its discovery in 2009. Team members helped growers in infested counties to monitor the pest and apply control measures on a timely...

Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Small-scale Poultry & Rabbit Processing Survey


Happy Holidays! In an effort to learn about issues small-scale poultry and rabbit meat producers face, please take/share this survey.   Poultry & Rabbit Processing in California We are looking for responses by JANUARY 12.   Thank you! 

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 1:27 PM
Tags: poultry (5), rabbit (1)

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 (4), Poultry (5)

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 (4), Master Gardeners (12), Produce (4), smoke (1), UC Berkeley (1)

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