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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

California Farm Demonstration Network. Sano Farms, June 23, 2016. Sano Farms farm visit June 24, 2016
Posted 6/27/2016 - The last in a series of five farm visits highlighting soil health goals and the variety of ways in which these goals are being realized at farms throughout the Central Valley took place at Sano Farms in Firebaugh, CA on Friday, June 24th with about forty...

Master Gardeners of El Dorado County UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County focus on conservation agriculture
Posted 6/27/2016 - About 80 Master Gardeners of the UCCE group in El Dorado County came together to learn about the principles and practices of conservation agriculture in a lively discussion with CASI Workgroup Chair, Jeff Mitchell, on June 23rd at the group's monthly...

JM 2016 FmDmo-2 California Farm Demonstration Network
Posted 6/13/2016 - Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 10:00 AM  T & D Willey Farms, Madera, CA The fourth in our series of five farm visits that are part of the California Farm Demonstration Network will be taking place this Wednesday, June 15th, beginning at...

California Agriculture journal CASI on the Radio
Posted 6/7/2016 - CASI chair Jeff Mitchell discusses recent work that was done to evaluate the potential for using precision overhead irrigation for a variety of crops in California's San Joaquin Valley. This audio clip provides the interview that AM650 KSTE Radio's...

California Demonstration Network Formation of California Farm Demonstration Evaluation Network
Posted 6/6/2016 - We would like to let you know about the formation of the California Farm Demonstration Evaluation Network, - a grassroots, locally-based effort that has been developed by farmers throughout the State, the Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation...

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Conservation agriculture at work

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Experimental field in which conservation tillage with and without cover crops are being compared to standard tillage systems.

Conservation tillage innovators

Ralph Cesena, Sr. - 2013

Ralph Cesena, Sr. - 2013

The 2013 CT Industry Award recipient is Ralph Cesena, Sr., president of Cesena Distributing of Stockton, Calif.

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