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

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...

Agricultural tour group from Afghanistan with SJV host, Jesse Sanchez, in Sano Farms tomato farm as part of tour hosted by UCD’s Office of International Programs, June 16 in Firebaugh. CASI farmers and equipment innovators host international visitors
Posted 7/31/2014 - Two CASI farmer members, Darrell Cordova of Denair and Jesse Sanchez of Firebaugh, along with minimum till equipment entrepreneurs Alan Wilcox and Juan Trujillo of Walnut Grove, were recently called upon to provide some local San Joaquin Valley...

Greater efficiencies and brighter economics in California agriculture could be achieved by employing conservation principles. Conservation agriculture applies to California
Posted 7/31/2014 - The belief that an unrivaled record of productivity, deep soils and dry climate mean conservation agriculture doesn't apply in California is “flat wrong,” said Jeff Mitchell, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant...

18th annual winter conference of No-Till on the Plains in Salina, Kan. CASI participation in national conferences in 2014
Posted 3/17/2014 - Members of Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation center participated in four national conferences in January and February, 2014. Following are summaries of the events and take-home messages most relevant to improving California farming...

No-till cover crop seeding into cotton and tomato residues. Additional 'ecosystem services' can be found on no-till tomato and cotton farms
Posted 1/16/2014 - UC research has shown that conservation agriculture practices – such as cover cropping and no tillage – are generating additional "ecosystem services" in West Side cotton and tomato production. "Attributing ecosystem services to farming is...

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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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