Sustainability

Climate-smart agriculture efforts at UC ANR bolstered by funding

California has the largest, most diverse agricultural economy in the country, but is highly vulnerable to climate change, stressing the need for climate-smart practices using local information and resources. more »

Website offers composting resources to farmers and ranchers

With California's new composting laws in effect, a working group of multiple regulatory agencies has provided online resources to help growers compost in compliance. more »

Federal-state work group has on-farm compost research site for farmers, ranchers

The site includes information and tools to help farmers compost agricultural byproducts in compliance with regulations. more »

USDA announces Agricultural Outlook Forum theme and program

The theme – New Paths to Sustainability and Productivity Growth – will focus on innovations minimizing agriculture's environmental footprint while ensuring sustainability and improving yields. more »

Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops tracks sustainability

In partnership with CropTrak's technology, users across the supply chain can baseline the environmental impacts of nuts and other crops and identify opportunities for improvement. more »

Perennial plants among rain-fed almond trees curbs climate change

Cover crops, reduced tilling and compost are common farming practices for sustainability, but European researchers are determining that the introduction of perennial plants – such as thyme – in almond can help mitigate climate change. more »

Almond orchard recycling and the second life of the trees

Whole orchard recycling works on a number of levels by giving trees a second life after they have been pulled out of the earth, including increasing water holding capacity and sequestering carbon. more »

BetterSoil Alliance rewards growers for sustainable achievements

Launched by Yara North American and Heliae Agriculture, participants will be eligible to receive a sustainability reward based on water productivity and nitrogen use efficiency, as well as recognition in the Alliance. more »

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