Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation
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Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation

View the CASI six-part documentary

The video above is the first episode of a six-part documentary series from Conservation Agriculture Cropping Systems Innovation (CASI). In the videos, farmers, UC researchers and industry leaders explain how no-till and minimum-till agriculture, and overhead precision irrigation, can lead to higher irrigation efficiency, increased profitability and greater resource conservation. Find links to all segments at the table of contents.

Conservation agriculture news

Left to right:  Jeff Mitchell, Marsha Campbell, Wendy Powers, Betsy Karle, Mark Bell. CASI Meets with UC ANR Leadership – June 20, 2017!
Posted 6/21/2017 -   CASI's Betsy Karle, UCCE Glenn County, Marsha Campbell, UCCE Stanislaus County, and Jeff Mitchell, UC Davis Plant Sciences, met with UC ANR Associate Vice President, Wendy Powers, and Statewide Programs Director, Mark Bell in the ANR state...

CASI’s Mitchell featured on KSTE Farm Hour with Farmer Fred Hoffman
Posted 6/16/2017 -  June 18, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM KSTE Talk 650 Sacramento (650-AM) CASI's Jeff Mitchell will be featured on the Farm Hour with Fred Hoffman this Sunday from noon to 1 o'clock.  The recorded interview discussion topics range from...

Benefits of Soil Management for Farming Systems June 6, 2017 Field Training Event Audio Summaries Recorded for June 12, 2017 Ag Report Radio Program with KMJ 580's Don York
Posted 6/14/2017 - Two summary interviews of CASI's Jeff Mitchell by local Fresno, CA KMJ 580 AM Radio Producer Don York are available below. The two short files capture three of the major outcomes and benefits of soil management that were discussed at the June 6th soil...

June 6, 2017 Soil Health Day at West Side REC in Five Points CASI hosts 200 for soil management training at NRI Project site in Five Points
Posted 6/12/2017 - A very diverse and large group of farmers, consultants, public agency, and private sector folks participated in a highly successful training session on the benefits of soil management for farming systems at the site of CASI's long-term NRI Project field...

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. KARE works with 300 Tulare County Fourth Graders at 2017 AgVentures Day!
Posted 5/17/2017 - 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...

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Conservation agriculture at work

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Cover crop growing in cotton and tomato residues.

Conservation tillage innovators

Michael Crowell - 2011

Michael Crowell - 2011

A 2011 CT Farmer Innovator Award goes to Michael Crowell of Bar Vee Dairy in Turlock, Calif. This award acknowledges the outstanding and pioneering work he has done to develop and expand no-till dairy forage production systems not only at his dairy, but also throughout the Turlock region, and also recognizes the very generous contributions he has made to achieving the goals of California’s Conservation Cropping Systems Workgroup.

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