DAVIS, Calif., April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Farm Demonstration Network (CFDN) is hosting a series of farm visits for agricultural producers during the months of May and June that will demonstrate how long-term goals for healthy soil are being achieved at each farm—without compromising production.
Farmers using various soil health practices (such as cover crops, conservation tillage and more) will discuss their soil health management systems and experiences. Network partners, including representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, UC Cooperative Extension, Resource Conservation Districts and other partners will also be on hand to explain monitoring and evaluation work being done on the farms.
"Soil health management systems show promise for maintaining and improving production, while reducing or eliminating many common resource concerns including soil erosion, nutrient loss, and soil degradation associated with the loss of soil organic carbon," said CFDN coordinator Jeff Mitchell, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. "An important component of these on-farm demonstrations is monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation practices."
Producers, conservationists and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend one or more of these demonstrations, to be held at 10:00 a.m. on the dates below at the following locations:
Wednesday, May 4
Lone Willow Ranch
11356 Road 5 ½
Firebaugh, CA 93622
Tuesday, May 10
Bar-Vee Dairy North Ranch Dryland Cropping Site
Hwy 12 west of Hwy 113 and south of
Wednesday, June 15
T&D Willey Farms
13886 Road 20
Madera, CA 93637
Friday, June 24
44935-B West Shields Ave.
Firebaugh, CA 93622
See maps and flyer at http://go.usa.gov/cuKxG. "These visits are just the beginning of a series of similar demonstrations to be held throughout the state," Mitchell said. For more information, contact Mitchell at [email protected]. 559-303-9689.
SOURCE USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service