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Water-Smart Dairy: Farmers conserve and protect water using precision technologies

More than 20 dairy farmers across California have been pioneering the use of subsurface drip irrigation to grow feed crops, including corn, wheat, and alfalfa. By working with innovative companies and non-governmental organizations, dairy farmers have helped take sustainable farming to the next level. They are reducing water use by 47 to 67% and improving groundwater protection. Their collective efforts …

New Proposal for Immigration Reform Backed by Champion Boxers & Farmers

Immigration reform seems to be an ongoing issue our legislature cannot seem to resolve on their own.  That is why farmers have allied with champion boxers and other world-renown athletes in presenting a new solution known as EARNED.  Watch this interview with Nisei Farmers League President Manuel Cunha who briefly explains the program and how it will benefit undocumented farm …

A Cow’s Milk Reveals Her Health

Milk contains natural defenses against microbes. The innate immune defense system in milk evolved to protect the mother and suckling offspring from infections. Molecular components of the innate immune system in milk are sensitive biomarkers of the health of the dairy cow. In the future, a milk sample may predict the cow’s health and allow more rapid management of disease. …

Spinose Ear Tick, a New CA Dairy Pest

Urgent Alert for California Dairy Producers with Freestall barns: you may have spinose ear tick on your dairy. Traditionally, ticks have not been a problem for California dairy producers; however, this particular tick species has been discovered recently on multiple dairies in the state. Watch this brief interview with UC Extension Entomologist Alec Gerry as he explains, and read more …

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