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Funding Available to Help Farmers Protect Nesting Tricolored Blackbirds

DAVIS, Calif., April 29, 2016 – Farmers who have Tricolored Blackbirds nesting in their fields may be eligible for financial assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to delay silage harvesting and allow the birds 35 days to fledge their young...

California Farmers Achieve More Air Quality Gains in 2015

Although California continues to cope with some of the Nation’s most compromised air quality, farmers continue to reduce emissions from their operations. During 2015, California’s farmers, working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), voluntarily...

Veteran Now Serves Escondido Agriculture Community

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 10-16, 2016, by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. After service in the U.S. Navy, that included deployment to Kuwait and Afghanistan, Commander...

Tricolored Blackbirds are Back!

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California biologist Jesse Bahm recently spotted a forming colony of Tricolored Blackbirds in Fresno County. This annual phenomena happens in early Spring, and is always a wonderful sight because it demonstrates the survival of this...

Lockeford Plant Materials Center 2016 Progress Report

Although 2015 saw a continuation of drought conditions into the fifth year for California, a heavy rainfall event in early December 2014 provided enough moisture to the soil for plant growth to continue even with a dry spring. This report highlights some of the activities at the Lockeford


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