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Join SFREC & The Silver Lab of UC Berkeley for a Workshop & Demonstration on Rangeland Compost Research Trials -- Nov 14th 2018

Compost on Rangeland Trail Nov2018

UC Sierra Foothill REC is hosting a community workshop & field demonstration event where The Silver Lab at UC Berkeley will discuss results from a long-term (10 year) compost addition trial on foothill rangeland and observed benefits for...

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 12:43 PM
  • Author: Emily Baumstinger

KARE works with 300 Tulare County Fourth Graders at 2017 AgVentures Day!

KARE outreach and education leader, Laura Van Der Staay, along with UCD Cooperative Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, Jeff Mitchell, had their hands full with over 300 enthusiastic Tulare County 4th graders as part of the 2017 half-day AgVentures extravaganza that was held at the International Ag Center on May 12.  This is the third time the two of them have taken part in this activity that is always a big hit with the kids, teachers and parents.  Students learned about soil science and  research that is underway at the KARE Center related to soil function and management and also had a chance to see up close and personal how soils can change if they are managed using conservation agriculture practices.  While the day is always grueling, both Van Der Staay and Mitchell departed after a hearty hamburger lunch that was provided by the event organizers with the satisfaction of having hopefully expanded horizons and inspired a new generation of science-loving students.

KARE’s Laura Van Der Staay working with Tulare County fourth graders who were part of the 2017 AgVentures Day at the International Ag Center in Tulare, CA, May 12, 2017.

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 1:46 PM
  • Author: Jeffrey Mitchell
Tags: conservation tillage (5), outreach (43), soil (5), students (5)

Nevada County Farm Day is a Huge Success

Filling cups with soil to test if soil or sand will clean impurities out of water.

On Thursday, September 22, over 500 elementary students from around Nevada County gathered at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the 2nd Annual Farm Day, in conjunction with the start of the Draft Horse Classic. Farm Day is hosted by the Nevada County...

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 10:52 AM
Tags: Education (37), Farm Day (2), Outdoor Recreation (5), Outreach (43), RCD Nevada County (1), SFREC (72), Soil (5), UCANR (44), watersheds (3)

Kearney held the 62nd annual conference on soilborne plant pathogens and the 48th California nematology workshop March 22-24 2016.

Andreas Westphal helped provide back to back meetings that concentrated on sharing research, discoveries, and disease problems, as well as developing and new pest management technologies for soilborne diseases. These diseases include fungus, nematode, bacteria, and virus populations found in the soil. Attendees included personnel from universities, state agencies, and multiple components of the Ag industry.  Information was shared in meeting rooms and field sites. Soilborne pests of food crops, ornamental plants and native plants were discussed.  The basic agenda is available online.  

Attendees to the 62nd annual conference on soilborne plant pathogens and the 48th California nematology workshop held at Kearney in March, 2016.

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1:17 PM
  • Author: Laura J. Van der Staay
Tags: disease (2), nematode (4), pest management (3), soil (5)

Workshops on soil quality are available this week.

Two unique workshops on soil quality will be provided this week.  One will be held on Tuesday, 
December 10, 2013, on the UC Davis campus in 3001 PES (Physical and Environmental Sciences) at 11:00  am and the other will take place in Five Points on Wednesday, December 11, s013, also at 11:00 am. 

The sessions will feature Brendon Rockey, a farmer from Center, CO and Jay Fuhrer, an NRCS District Conservationist from Bismarck, ND.  They’ll be leading the workshop that will also include a lunch and a follow-up discussion.

For further information, please contact Jeff Mitchell, CE Cropping Systems Specialist, Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center, at (559) 303-9689 or

'Biotic farming' considers all living things, not just the crop being grown.
'Biotic farming' considers all living things, not just the crop being grown.

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 8:52 AM
Tags: Soil (5)
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