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

West Side REC, Five Points, CA. August 8, 2017. Students showcase CASI’s NRI Project in Five Points as part of CDFA’s State Board of Food and Agriculture soil health tour on August 8th!
Posted 8/14/2017 - Students from UC Davis and CSU Fresno presented summaries of work they're involved with at the long-term NRI Project study site in Five Points, CA as part of a soil health tour stop for CDFA's Board of Food and Agriculture on August 8th.  Anna...

New CASI video available
Posted 7/17/2017 - New CASI video available on "Twenty years of no-tilled double-cropped cotton and wheat in Goodyear, AZ" at   For over twenty years, Ron, Robert, and Earl Rayner of Goodyear, AZ have been perfecting a very interesting...

Teamrat Ghezzehei, Samuel Araya, Essey Afewerki, and Jing Yan, (left to right) at the NRI Project field in Five Points, July 12, 2017 UC Merced soil physics researchers visit NRI Project in Five Points
Posted 7/17/2017 -   UC Merced soil physics professor, Teamrat Ghezzehei, along with Post-Doc researcher, Jing Yan, PhD student Samuel Araya, and Teamrat's son, Essey Afewerki, visited the longstanding NRI Project in Five Points on July 12th to orient themselves...

Links to two short introductory videos on the California Farm Demonstration Network
Posted 7/3/2017 - Links to two short introductory videos on the California Farm Demonstration Network are now available at the CASI website The first one is about 8 minutes long and presents a number of the farmers and features of the...

NRI field project CASI Hosts California Ag Solutions at longstanding NRI Project field June 27, 2017
Posted 7/3/2017 - Eight members of California Ag Solutions of Madera, CA were hosted at the longstanding NRI Project field in Five Points on Tuesday, June 27th by Jeff Mitchell. The group was keen to see how the garbanzo planting that they had helped with had turned out...

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Conservation agriculture at work

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

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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