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

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...

Farmers gather for training at a previous conservation agriculture field day. A half-day workshop titled 'Benefits of Soil Management for Farming Systems Soil management training slated for June 6 in Five Points
Posted 5/8/2017 - UC Cooperative Extension will train farmers June 6 at the UC West Side Research and Extension Center in Five Points on the benefits of soil management and a systems-oriented approach for achieving healthy soil. The free program runs from 9 a.m. to 1...

MOU Signing Ceremony in Winters, CA for the California Farm Demonstration Network. MOU Signing Ceremony for the California Farm Demonstration Network
Posted 5/8/2017 - About fifty people gathered at the farm of Russ Lester just west of Winters, CA on a beautiful afternoon on the 5th of May for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the California Farm Demonstration Network, a major undertaking by the...

UC Cooperative Extension Fresno County Advisor, Dan Munk, and CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Sheila Morco, at the cover crop water use study site in Five Points, CAMunk and Morco CASI’s Munk and Mitchell host CDFA’s Morco at Five Points cover crop study sites
Posted 4/28/2017 - Veteran CASI Workgroup member Dan Munk along with Jeff Mitchell hosted Sheila Morco of CDFA's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for a site visit for the project,  Evaluation of Trade-Offs between Winter Cover Crop Production and Soil Water...

Scott Exo (left) US Country Manager for BCI and Carlos Silva (right) USA Program Officer Better Cotton Initiative Leaders Visit Five Points NRI Project Field – March 28, 2017
Posted 3/29/2017 - The US Manager of BCI, the Better Cotton Initiative, Scott Exo, and BCI's San Joaquin Valley Coordinator, Carlos Silva, visited the longstanding NRI Project field in Five Points, CA on March 28, 2017 as part of a tour hosted by CASI's Jeff...

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Conservation agriculture at work

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No-till cotton planting into 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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