Chileno Valley Ranch in Petaluma. Photo by Hector Joel Amezcua, UC CAES and courtesy of Devii Rao.

Agriculture

UC Cooperative Extension releases new ranch water quality planning tools

Instructor's guide provides resources and tools to plan and implement ranch water quality planning workshops and field days for grazing livestock producers, agency staff, and other stakeholders interested in grazing management and water quality.

Photo provided by UCCE.

Agriculture

University of California Cooperative Extension establishing tri-county Prescribed Burn Association

In partnership with the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County, UCCE of San Benito County recently received a Cal Fire grant to promote the use of prescribed fire in San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

Haze and burned shrubs from the CZU fire. Photo taken on Sept. 14, provided by Devii Rao.

Agriculture

New study to investigate influence of cattle grazing on particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires

Preliminary results expected by the end of August 2021.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

The benefits of cattle grazing for reducing fire fuels and hazard

The California Cattle Council recently funded a UC Cooperative Extension project to evaluate how much fine fuel (grasses and other plants) are eaten by cattle on rangelands, and how this may affect wildfire behavior.

Range Camp. Photo provided by Devii Rao.

Agriculture

UC Cooperative Extension offers virtual range camp

Video topics include rangeland ecology and management, botany, ranch economics, wildlife, and more.

Photo provided by UCCE.

Agriculture

UC Cooperative Extension to host virtual meeting on grazing and prescribed burning for fire safety

One-hour workshop will also provide updates on two grants.

4-H Youth at the pancake breakfast. Photo provided by Devii Rao.

Agriculture

4-H searches for locals to serve on sponsoring committee

Looking for business leaders and others who are well connected in the community and motivated to provide educational, leadership opportunities to youth.

Copper bullets are designed to mushroom, unlike lead bullets, which are designed to fragment into small pieces. Photo by Conservation Media and provided by Devii Rao.

Government / Politics

AB 711 and Prop 63 create new ammunition laws

AB 711 is a statewide bill that requires use of non-lead ammunition for hunting and depredation of wildlife, whereas Prop 63 requires background checks to buy ammunition of any kind in California.

Photo provided by Devii Rao.

Agriculture

UCCE to study livestock impact on fire fuel reduction

Study to estimate how much fuel livestock consume across California and whether grazing decreases wildfire speed and intensity.

Photo provided by Devii Rao.

Ag

San Benito Cattlemen annual meeting and dinner on Nov. 13

Frank Mitloehner, a professor and air quality extension specialist at UC Davis, will share his research clarifying the influence of cattle on climate change.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

November workshop to focus on marketing livestock and other ranch products

Will also go over new standards for selling whole animals in regards to AB 2114 (cattle only).

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

Ranching for Profit workshop happening Sept. 25

Topics to include transforming a ranch into a sustainable business, cell grazing, and soil improvement and carbon sequestration through conservation practices.

Photo credit Lenya Quinn-Davidson. Provided by UC Cooperative Extension.

Agriculture

UC Cooperative Extension hosts prescribed fire workshop

Learn about and support local prescribed fire efforts. June 5 will be at the Hollister Vets Building and June 6 will be a live fire training in Bitterwater.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

Water Diversion Monitoring and Reporting Training comes to King City October 24

University of California Cooperative Extension has developed a course to help people comply with new regulation concerning water diversion.

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Agriculture

Improve Your Livestock Business Through Technology

Ranchers would rather be outside than sit in front of a computer. But computers and mobile devices are powerful tools that can help take the livestock business to the next level. Learn how to take advantage of these tools in a relaxed setting.