Posts Tagged: sustainable agriculture
Drones... If you're thinking of apiculture, you might be thinking of drones (male bees). But if...
Lead author and entomologist Fernando Iost Filho of the Department of Entomology and Acarology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a former UC Davis exchange student.
A drone over a Santa Monica strawberry field. Drones can target pest outbreaks or hot spots in field crops and orchards, the scientists pointed out. (Photo by Elvira de Lange)
From WeedsNews4791 | February 22, 2014 | 11:30 pmPosted by Zheljana Peric Abstract: For...
A new bachelor’s degree program at UC Davis is meant to gives students an understanding of the social, economic and environmental aspects of farming and food systems, reported Cory Golden in the Davis Enterprise. Some of the lessons taught in the program will harken back to the interdisciplinary courses that have been taught at UCD’s Student Farm for more than three decades.
Effective pest control for indoor citrus nursery production
Cary Blake, Western Farm Press
California and Arizona citrus nursery growers are shifting production of critical plants from the outdoors to ‘indoor protective structures’ to gain protection from the Asian citrus psyllid insect and its primary vectored disease Huanglongbing. The change will require growers to adjust to new pest control techniques. “You’ll likely find extra pests indoors that you haven’t dealt with outside including mites and thrips,” said Jim Bethke, UC Cooperative Extension floriculture farm advisor in San Diego County. “It’s very hard to exclude mites with screening material. The screen can exclude the Asian citrus psyllid, but will not keep out thrips.”
Mark Van Horn, director of the Student Farm, gives a UC Davis class a tour of the farm's market garden.
A capacity class of Marin College students returned to the Indian Valley Farm for the fall session of the school's new organic farm and environmental landscaping program, according to a post yesterday in the San Francisco Examiner's Sustainable Food blog by Jeri Lynn Chandler.
The program is a collaboration between the College of Marin, the Marin Conservation Corps and UC Cooperative Extension's Marin Master Gardeners. It is funded with a $374,254 College of Marin chancellor's grant and matching resources totaling $1,114,210 from more than 26 industry partners, the blog said.
“This is a welcome ray of light in an otherwise gloomy and dark economic climate,” said the College of Marin's Superintendent/President Frances White in an August news release. “These funds couldn’t have arrived at a better time and will ensure that our organic garden educational program continues to thrive.”
The four sustainable farm-related classes being held during the fall semester are Principles and Practices of Organic Farm and Gardening, Integrated Pest Management, Environmental Landscape Design and Introduction to Sustainable Horticulture.
A tractor demonstration at the Indian Valley Farm.
Like other famously difficult to define terms, capturing the meaning of "sustainable agriculture" often comes down to just knowing it when you see it. Even though, the California Farm Bureau Federation took another shot at figuring out just how to define what is an increasingly appealing agricultural concept, according to an article in the today's issue of AgAlert.
According to the story, delegates at the Farm Bureau's annual meeting discussed the meaning of sustainable agriculture. Here are some of their thoughts:
- "Sustainability is a new term for things we in agriculture have been doing forever." - San Joaquin County winegrape grower Brad Goehring
- "From a farmer's point of view, economics is most important because if you are not economically sustainable, you can't do anything at all." - Lodi winegrape grower Bruce Fry
- "We have evolved toward a point in time where people are recognizing that you can't do things that are 'better for the planet' if firms are not economically viable in doing so, but the broader impacts also are increasingly being considered." - UC Davis Cooperative Extension agricultural economist Roberta Cook
- "All of the mainstream market leaders have sustainability programs from Wal-Mart, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Starbucks, Red Lobster and Sysco. This is about Wall Street as much as Main Street." - Jeff Dlott, president of SureHarvest, a company that creates sustainability tools and professional services (And formerly a UC Berkeley biological control scientist)
- "Sustainability does resonate and it is going to be a huge thing in the marketplace going forward." - Aaron Lange of Lange Twins Winery in San Joaquin County