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Healthy Soil Vs. Drought

California has been historically dry, but healthy soil practices are helping some farmers weather the drought. And USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is working with farmers to keep what little moisture there is in the soil. Watch the video now!


Ned Wood, Concord Rancher

“The current drought has been hard on the land, hard on the cattle and challenging on the financial health of our family business,” says Ned Wood, expressing sentiments shared by hundreds of California ranchers. For Wood, a rancher in the Bay area just east of...

Soil Health Approach Yields Sustainable Dividends for California Farmer

When Scott Park began his farming career more than 40 years ago, he farmed pretty much the way everyone else did – conventionally. But Park realized his business model wasn’t sustainable. “Profit margins were quite slight. Everybody was glad I was farming, but there was...

Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding to Battle Drought Impact in California

 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today joined Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird to announce a new partnership focused on conserving and restoring the Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters, as part of President....


Las Caras de la Sequia en California (The Faces of Drought in California)

While devastating, California’s severe drought is providing opportunities for NRCS to share their conservation story. Recently Sergio Flores of Univision in Sacramento approached NRCS for ways to tell how Latino farmers are dealing with water shortages and how NRCS services and...


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