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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Future Organic Farmer Grants available for students

From CCOF: Do you know students who are interested in pursuing a career in organic agriculture? Encourage them to apply for a Future Organic Farmer Grant! The Grant Fund offers financial support to students pursuing a career in organic agriculture (or livestock management) in a junior college, undergraduate, or a vocational training program. Please share this email with your students and let them know they are welcome to apply for a $2,500 vocational and higher education grant from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation. Last year’s grants supported students participating in programs like Go Farm Hawai'i, Animal Science at West Virginia University, and the Organic Production major at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, among others. Applications are available on the CCOF Foundation website starting April 1, 2019. The deadline for applications is May 6, 2019.

In Topics Funding Opportunities, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

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04/19/19
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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Central Valley Olive shake up..thoughts about future trends?

I have cut and pasted what came to me. Thoughts?

[..]My name is John Werner, and I am a small olive farmer in the Visalia area. I have packed my olives with Bell-Carter Olives since 2010. I grow manzanillo olives which are used to make black table olives. Maybe you have had them. If you have every bought Lindsay Olives (red label on the can) then you have likely eaten olives grown right here in the valley and packed by Bell-Carter. Maybe you have even eaten an olive I grew. Maybe your kids have stuck one of my olives on their fingers…like my kids do.

On evening of Monday, March 4th, I started getting some troubling phone calls and text messages. The first was from the labor contractor I use to prune olive trees in the spring and harvest in the fall. He asked me if I had heard anything about Bell-Carter canceling contracts to buy fruit from growers. He was actually in an olive orchard that day with a crew

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03/18/19

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  |  Texas Center for Local Food  |  Elgin, TX commented

Nilson, Your lack of empathy is striking. Farmers do what they think is best with the information they have at the time. I would suggest you hold your judgment for another time. SB, Texas

04/09/19 8:29 AM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Updated email frequency & posts you may have missed!

After upgrading the FarmsReach site security & host, email notifications were paused for a bit. Below is a list of recent posts with links for easy access! We also decided to update the frequency of email notifications sent out. All who used to get one email per post will now receive a daily digest. You can always see the latest info by coming to the FarmsReach site directly, or updating your Settings back by logging in and clicking on My Settings in the top, right…

Recent posts...

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Looking for livestock guardian dog(s)

Gearmore Rotary Tiller S series 102”

MaterMacc Vacuum Precision Seeder

Farm to Market Procurement Specialist opening

Jang seeder JH3

Employment/Education Opportunity - Sierra Harvest

Agricultural Employment & Education - Sierra Harvest

We Are Hiring a Farmer - Soil Born Farms

CONVERSATIONS

Central Valley Olive shake

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03/25/19
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Updated web host & SSL security on FarmsReach site

Thank you, all, for your patience last week when we migrated FarmsReach to a new web host and upgraded security to the latest/recommended SSL protocol. It was quite an endeavor!! If you have any issues connecting, please email us at support@farmsreach.com, as we're still troubleshooting a few last glitches.

Stay tuned as well about a member survey via email... After six years, we would love to hear your thoughts about what would be (more) useful for your operation. Thanks!

In Topics Technical Support/Help

In General FarmsReach community, North Coast Convergence, Mendocino Farmers Guild, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley Farmers Guild, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, Central Coast Farmers, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Texas Organics, Cooperation Among Farmers, Nevada County Guild, Nutrient Management Solutions, Weather Reporting (CA), California Agritourism

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03/04/19

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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

Testing email notifications! Please disregard this message.

03/21/19 1:20 PM

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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Soil sampling rover and other farm bots

while working and doing my homework on my small acreage farm bot, i came across an interesting use case for automation in the field.

i spoke to the founder and got some details. It is made for soil core extraction and has a couple of depth/densities option.

85 acres/hour. 800 acres/day. 6 sample cores every 2.5 acres. It even sleeves the soil cores. GPS-RTK. Moves and selects grids. Will remember the spot so it will go back to same spot the next year. Tracked. 5500 lbs. works best in fall and spring.
Mine is a multi functional platform for a smal acreage(sun 100 acre) farm. Would like ideas on what else farmers would like such a roaming/mapping/sensing platform could do....and how many hours it would save in a farm block of 5 acres. The key is to be able to cram as many tasks in one pass. After talking to him, I realized that soil sampling is also a valuable function for a small farm bot. For
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02/07/19

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Thanks, Hasan. That was valuable input. I agree that agrobotics is multi platform and multi disciplinary. There is no doubt that it is tough. Having said that, we ..as farmers..have an opportunity to influence the next paradigm shift in how the upcoming version of farming will shape up..when we went from horses to tractors, it changed everything. And then some more. At some point, farming became a domain that was out of reach of farmers‘ grasp...today conventional practices aid and also harm ag production. there is no kill switch to detect and deter excesses of erosion or tillage or chemical pollution or pest pressure.

There are two arenas. Where a new technology is born and the other is where it Is implemented. The impact of the act of farming the soil continues and is cumulative on soil, environment, water and even markets. And now as Ag changes again, farmers have a chance to speak up and taking

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02/12/19 8:19 AM

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Greg Nilsen  |  Wine Country Cuisine  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: Pesticide alternative

I have read numerous papers about flame weeding over the years but never one about an important side effect. A few years ago, I had all of my chard beds ruined by black aphids farmed by ants who feed the honey dew to their young. Ants carry aphids down the rows plant to plant and fight off lady bugs and other beneficiaries. 100% crop loss. I took my propane torch and cooked all the beds. Killed everything - ants, aphids, slugs, diabrotica, mold, bacterial spot, caterpillars, egg masses - except the chard which grew back beautiful in four weeks. My collards were destroyed by slugs. Flamed the ground and lower leaves and the new leaves are clean. This is also great for trap crops. I grow arugula under row covers to keep out flea beetles. After harvest I can remove the cover and the flea beetles go nuts. Flaming takes them out with no resistance possible and no pesticide applicators license... Read More

In Topics Pest & Disease Management

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02/10/19
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Kaley Grimland  |  Sol Seeker Farm  |  Prunedale, CA

Subject: Custom egg carton printing

Can anyone provide vendors to get custom egg cartons printed? I have searched the internet and cant locate what I want. Trying to stay away from cheesy printed boxes where we solely add our farm name. I would love to use a picture of our farm\ hens and incorporate nutritional facts and required regulatory language. These would be cartons for retail. Thanks in advance!

In Topics Marketing & Sales, Livestock

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02/10/19
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in February!

Below are 23 events coming up in February! To track the latest as they are added, do check out our full Events Calendar.

2/7-10: Sustainable Food & Farm Conference - Grass Valley
2/7-8: Regenerative Ag in Practice: Cover Cropping & Dry Farming Workshop - Paicines
2/7: Webinar: Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil and the Environment - Online
2/7: Weather, Grass, & Drought: Planning for Uncertainty - Tulare
2/8: Online & In-Person – Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop: Poultry Nutrition Basics and Egg Quality - Davis
2/9: Cattle Improvement / Beef Producer Symposium - Davis
2/11: Integrated Regional Water Management Stakeholder Workshop - Hollister
2/12: Organic Soil Fertility for Vegetables and Strawberries - Salinas
2/13: Finding Farmland in Aromas - Aromas
2/14: 2019 UCCE Annual Strawberry Production Research Meeting - Santa Cruz County
2/16: Healthy Animals, Healthy People: Maintaining Livestock

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02/06/19, updated
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Shelly Connor  |  Wild Farm Alliance  |  Watsonville

Subject: New Resource: Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds

Hello everyone,

I work with an organization called Wild Farm Alliance. Our mission is to promote a healthy, viable agriculture that protects and restores wild nature. We just released a new resource to help farmers support beneficial birds and manage pest birds.

You can find the new resource here.

Birds can help on the farm to keep pest insects, rodents and pest birds at bay. When habitat is provided for beneficial birds, bringing them closer to crops, farmers may be able to reduce pest-control costs. Beneficial birds can help with production in the same way as beneficial insects. This new resource includes:

  • Colorful Accounts of How Birds Can be Beneficial in Crops and on Pasture
  • USDA’s Historic Economic Ornithology Division
  • How Best to Manage and Co-exist with Pest Birds
  • Why On-Farm Habitat and the Surrounding Landscape Influences Pest Control
  • What Farmers Can Do to Make Farms More Bird-Friendly
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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Wildlife Management, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change

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01/30/19
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Brandon Sanders  |  RobinSong Farms  |  Templeton, CA

Subject: mice and voles

I'm curious what others do to control small rodents in crops, particularly in cucurbits. We already trap for gophers and squirrels, but we also have mice and voles spending a lot of time in our squash and melon fields. At the moment, I don't have much preference between deterrent or kill methods, but I'd like to hear examples of either. Long-term, we would like to focus on deterrents, but we would like to get a handle on them. Mowing the open areas does not seem to be increasing the amount of raptor kills by much (at least not noticeably in the rodent populations), so it is time to be more proactive... I'm interested in hearing any sort of suggestions...

In Topics Pest & Disease Management, Wildlife Management

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07/24/16

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  |  Humane Wildlife Control Inc  |  Moss Landing commented

Barn owls are a natural way to very successfully control gopher and other nocturnal rodents. We build and sell our boxes but will gladly send building instructions for free. Cats do too much damage to native wildlife and pollute the ecosystem with toxoplasmosis that can get into the watershed. We recommend against free-roaming cats. Also, we have had excellent success in wiping out gophers and ground squirrels using carbon monoxide (CO). It's safe and a humane death and does not risk poisoning predators.

01/25/19 9:55 AM

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