Compost made from cows?

By Seth Nidever When a brutal 2006 heat wave caused cows to drop dead and start piling up at his Hanford-area dairy, Dino Giacomazzi started composting them. Composting was allowed as an emergency measure at the time because rendering facilities — the services that pick up dead cows and convert them into pet food…

University of California has New Strip-tillage Online Publication for Farmers

Last Updated: February 23, 2009 Related resource areas: Dairy, Organic Agriculture “Our current emphasis on tillage in conventional and organic food production systems is focused on the development and evaluation of management techniques that require less horsepower or fuel consumption, reduce in-field time, build soil structure and are applicable to farms of all sizes,” a…

Dairy producers seek answers to economic crisis

Ag Alert Issue Date: April 8, 2009 By Ching Lee Assistant Editor Faced with wild price swings and an increasingly unstable market, California dairy producers, processors and business leaders convened last week in Modesto to discuss how they can best meet domestic and global market demands through innovation and development of value-added products.

Global warming could impact local ag industry

By Seth Nidever Kings County’s $1.7 billion-a-year ag industry could be in for tough times, if predictions in a recent University of California climate change report come true. The report on global warming, announced last week, forecasts reduced snowpacks, less water available for agriculture, saturation of the air with carbon dioxide, more fertilizers needed…

Dairy farmers pleased with drop in ethanol prices

Dairy farmers pleased with drop in ethanol prices By Seth Nidever Ethanol producers facing the current depressed market yearn for the good old days when demand was high. But dairy producers who watched their feed prices soar during the corn-based ethanol boom are relieved there is less call for the clean-burning fuel additive.