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Soil Testing Protocol for HSP Recipients

Photo by Shulamit Shroder.

Congrats! You've been awarded a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Healthy Soils Program. Now what? Once your grant has been executed and before you implement any of your practices, you need to take soil samples to...

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4:13 PM

Conservation Profile: Frank Fernandes, Tulare County

Frank Fernandes and soil structure. Photo by Shulamit Shroder.

Grower Profile #1: Frank Fernandes Practices: No-Till, Strip-Till, and Cover Crops Frank Fernandes grew up in a big dairy family in Tulare County. He has continued that tradition and now farms about 1,500 acres near Pixley. He grows corn, wheat,...

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 11:15 AM

The Buzz about Hedgerows

A blooming pollinator garden and research site at Jim Lloyd Butler's avocado ranch in Ventura County. Photo by Gordon Frankie.

Hedgerows are an approved practice under California Department of Agriculture's Healthy Soils Grant Program. That means, growers are eligible to receive grant funding for planting hedgerows. But what exactly are the benefits of hedgerows and why are they...

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 2:44 PM
  • Author: Alli Fish

The 2020 CDFA Healthy Soils Incentive Program and Imperial County Awardees

It is widely known that the California Department Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has been providing financial initiatives to what is known as the “Healthy Soil Incentive Program” to California growers and ranchers. The mission is to allow...

Posted on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 10:53 AM

A Beta Version of a Cover Crop Selection Tool

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  Cover crops offer many potential benefits to growers. For example, they can improve water infiltration, reduce erosion, and provide habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects.  But how does a grower figure out which cover crop...

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 8:07 AM

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