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FarmsReach Social Media Roundup

On the FarmsReach Facebook and Twitter pages, we post a mix of news, inspirational quotes, photos and more each day.

For those who shy away from the information overload of tracking each of these social sites, here is your monthly “best of” roundup of posts.

If you like, you can “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to access the information flow. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy our digest of best picks!


Organic vs. ‘Climate-Smart’: Can the UN Fix Farming in Time?, Civil Eats
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From the United Nations Climate Summit to the People’s Climate March and the accompanying Flood Wall Street action, all eyes have been on the climate this week. Amidst heated discussions of global policy change, greenhouse gases, and emissions caps, food and farming–and the impact they are having on climate change - were also in the spotlight. After all, agriculture is one of largest contributors of human-caused emissions.

California Takes a Bite Out of Farmers Market Fraud, CUESA
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Most people take it for granted that all the fruits and vegetables at the farmers market are grown by the farmers who are selling them. And with good reason: the purpose of farmers markets is to foster direct relationships between producers and consumers. Values like knowing your farmer, transparency, and nurturing the local foodshed are at the core of why people shop at farmers markets. A new law boosts enforcement to weed out vendors who are cheating the system.

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FarmsReach Social Media Roundup

On the FarmsReach Facebook and Twitter pages, we post a mix of news, inspirational quotes, photos and more each day.

For those who shy away from the information overload of tracking each of these social sites, here is your monthly “best of” roundup of posts.

If you like, you can “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to access the information flow. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy our digest of best picks!


More Crops Per Drop: No-Till Farming Combats Drought, Civil Eats
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Paul Kaiser of Northern California’s Singing Frogs Farm, grows fruit and vegetables completely without machinery, a system he refers to as “non-mechanized, no-till.” He said goodbye to his tractor and tiller seven years ago after he felt he was unnecessarily harming wildlife, saw too many machines break down, and watched his soil quality decrease. Now, his eight-acre farm has a robust community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and his soil is full of life.

Overdrawn Groundwater, Overdue Legislation, CalCAN
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California is facing a groundwater crisis. The Central Valley alone has lost about 41 million acre-feet of groundwater since the 1990s. Three bills currently on Governor Brown’s desk would, for the first time, put in place comprehensive groundwater management regulations. CalCAN supports these bills as a necessary step forward to improve local groundwater management and provide greater certainty for agricultural and urban water users at a time of increasing water scarcity.

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FarmsReach Social Media Roundup

On the FarmsReach Facebook and Twitter pages, we post a mix of news, inspirational quotes, photos and more each day.

For those who shy away from the information overload of tracking each of these social sites, here is your monthly “best of” roundup of posts.

If you like, you can “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to access the information flow. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy our digest of best picks!


California Drought Update, Vegetable Growers News
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The 2014 drought will cost California’s economy $2.2 billion and 17,100 seasonal and part-time jobs, according to a study released in July by the University of California’s (UC) Center for Watershed Sciences and Agricultural Issues Center.

A Bumper Crop of Microloans: Farmers Turn to Kiva Zip for Capital, Civil Eats
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Zip recently decided to put more focus on food and farming entrepreneurs. Anybody who lends money expects to get something in return, and if it’s not interest, it is–in the case of Kiva Zip’s army of individual micro-lenders–a chance to satisfy their passion and do some good in the world. And few businesses stir passion like food and farming, especially when it’s local and sustainable.

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FarmsReach Social Media Roundup

On the FarmsReach Facebook and Twitter pages, we post a mix of news, inspirational quotes, photos and more each day.

For those who shy away from the information overload of tracking each of these social sites, here is your monthly “best of” roundup of posts.

If you like, you can “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to access the information flow. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy our digest of best picks!


USDA predicts record California almond crop, Merced Sun Star
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California almond growers will harvest a record 2.1 billion pounds this year, a federal agency projected Monday, further evidence that water is finding its way to this profitable crop.

California ranchers tackle the climate crisis one pasture at a time, Grist
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By spreading compost on their pastures, Marin County ranchers have been able to suck significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. But can it work elsewhere?

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FarmsReach Social Media Roundup

On the FarmsReach Facebook and Twitter pages, we post a mix of news, inspirational quotes, photos and more each day.

For those who shy away from the information overload of tracking each of these social sites, here is your monthly “best of” roundup of posts.

If you like, you can “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to access the information flow. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy our digest of best picks!


California drought: 19th-century laws give thousands of users free, unmonitored water, Contra Costa Times
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California’s drought-ravaged reservoirs are running so low that state water deliveries to metropolitan areas have all but stopped, and cutbacks are forcing growers to fallow fields.

Picturing Women Farmers, Modern Farmer
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Audra Mulkern writes and photographs “The Female Farmer Project” — a chronicle of in-depth stories about the rise of women working in agriculture across the country and around the world.

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FarmsReach Social Media Roundup

On the FarmsReach Facebook and Twitter pages, we post a mix of news, inspirational quotes, photos and more each day.

For those who shy away from the information overload of tracking each of these social sites, here is your biweekly “best of” roundup of posts.

If you like, you can “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to access the information flow. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy our digest of best picks!


How Vermont plans to defend the nation’s first GMO law, Washington Post
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The state is expected to be sued over the law that would require labels on genetically modified food.

More Spin Than Science: The Latest Efforts to Take Down Organics, Civil Eats
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Several weeks ago, a group called Academics Review published a report harshly attacking the organic industry and its nonprofit allies for what they called “deceptive marketing practices.”

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FarmsReach Social Media Roundup

On the FarmsReach Facebook and Twitter pages, we post a mix of news, inspirational quotes, photos and more each day.

For those who shy away from the information overload of tracking each of these social sites, here is your biweekly “best of” roundup of posts.

If you like, you can “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to access the information flow. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy our digest of best picks!


Healthy Change for L.A., and for region’s farmers, SFGate 
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LA school district & 13 citrus growers form win-win partnership. Farmers switch to fruits/veg crops to provide healthy lunches to second largest CA school district, and avoid the debilitating Asian citrus psyllid pest at the same time.

5 Things You Need to Know From the New Farm Census, Modern Farmer
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The farm census, only released every five years, is reams and reams of data about America’s farmers. Here’s six important takeaways.

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FarmsReach Social Media Roundup

On the FarmsReach Facebook and Twitter pages, we post a mix of news, inspirational quotes, photos and more each day.

For those who shy away from the information overload of tracking each of these social sites, here is your biweekly “best of” roundup of posts.

If you like, you can “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to access the information flow. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy our digest of best picks!


Amidst Severe Winter Drought, California Farmers Ask: Is This the New Normal?, Civil Eats
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Farmers across California are among the first to feel the effects of the worst drought the state has seen in almost four decades. Mandated cutbacks in water distributions, along with depletion in available surface water and groundwater, are forcing farmers to dig deeper into their pockets while making tough decisions about crop planting and livestock management.

Demand Grows for Hogs that are Raised Humanely Outdoors, The New York Times
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Some farmers are raising their pigs more humanely in wide open spaces, instead of tight quarters, and selling them to restaurants and grocers increasingly interested in how animals are treated.

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FarmsReach Social Media Roundup

On the FarmsReach Facebook and Twitter pages, we’ve been posting a mix of news, inspirational quotes, photos and more each day.

All these social media sites are overflowing with information. For those who shy away from the information overload of tracking each of these social sites, we’ve decided to give you a biweekly “best of” roundup of posts.

If you like, you can “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to access the information flow. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy our digest of best picks!


Properly Managing Dry Periods For Healthy Female Ruminants

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With dairy cows, goats and ewes the goals are healthy, productive mothers that deliver vigorous offspring, milk well, do not lose too much condition and breed back on time. These goals can be achieved by properly managing the dry period and transition to lactation.

CAFF Produces Guide to Serve Farm Produce In Schools

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Farm-fresh food is making a comeback in schools — more than half of California’s 1,000 school districts are engaged in Farm to School activities, according to the USDA’s new Farm to School Census.

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