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

Jeff Mitchell receives $5,000 grant from Monsanto. Grant funds new high school ag sustainability courses
Posted 12/1/2014 - Plant Sciences' Jeff Mitchell received a $5,000 grant recently from the agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto to support a program of high school activities aimed at sustainability. Mitchell, a UC Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist,...

Darrell and Trevor Cordova at the November 24 field day. 2014 Conservation Tillage Farmer Innovator Award goes to Darrell and Trevor Cordova
Posted 12/1/2014 - The University of California Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation Center (CASI) has named Darrell and Trevor Cordova of Denair recipients of the 2014 Conservation Tillage Farmer Innovator Award. Jeff Mitchell, UC Cooperative Extension specialist...

Figure 1 – A comparison of conservation tillage acres, by crop, between 2010 and 2012. Tillage practices continue to change
Posted 10/2/2014 - California's Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation (CASI) Center, in partnership with Sustainable Conservation and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, has prepared its survey of tillage management acreage for 2012. This tillage survey...

Farmers cutting costs by cutting tillage
Posted 10/1/2014 - Recent investigations conducted by UC's Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation (CASI) Center shed light on opportunities farmers have for cutting production costs in their cropping systems by reducing tillage. Founded in 1998, CASI is a large group...

Al Ruozi Pioneering conservation agriculturalist Al Ruozi, 97, retires
Posted 9/4/2014 - Mr. Al Ruozi of Interstate Manufacturing received the Conservation Tillage Workgroup's Award for Industry Innovation in 2005. He has made very significant contributions to conservation tillage in California through his inventions, his vision for a better...

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Conservation agriculture at work

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Conservation tillage soil on right and standard tillage soil on left.

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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