June 18, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
KSTE Talk 650 Sacramento (650-AM)
CASI's Jeff Mitchell will be featured on the Farm Hour with Fred Hoffman this Sunday from noon to 1 o'clock. The recorded interview discussion topics range from recent no-till and cover crop work that CASI researchers and farmers have been engaged in as well as the California Farm Demonstration Network.
Here's the link: http://kste.iheart.com/media/play/27799859/
The segment runs from 24:38 to 40:40.
The iheart link only allows streaming, not downloading. However, you can download from other podcast aggregators, including ITunes ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ca-farms-still-contending-winter-rain-effects-china/id978878661?i=1000386604509&mt=2 ).
- Author: Diana Nix
Two summary interviews of CASI's Jeff Mitchell by local Fresno, CA KMJ 580 AM Radio Producer Don York are available below. The two short files capture three of the major outcomes and benefits of soil management that were discussed at the June 6th soil health training that was held at the University of California's West Side Research and Extension Center in Five Points, CA.
Anyone who would like to visit the long-term study site in Five Points where reduced disturbance and cover crop production practices have been in use for 18 years is encouraged to contact UC's Jeff Mitchell at (559) 303-9689 or email@example.com to arrange a tour of the field site.
Please click on the links below to hear these interviews.
Take-home messages from the training event emphasized the fact that no-till has now been shown to be successful for a range of crops in California, that deliberate and sustained attention to sustaining soil biology through practices such as reduced disturbance, cover crops and compost amendment applications may have functional benefit to farming systems, and that there are great opportunities for expanding the application of such practices to good advantage particularly in Central Valley annual crop systems.
Handout informational materials were provided and may be requested by writing to Jeff Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Educational videos summarizing progress that has been made at the NRI Project site over the years are also available through CASI.
In addition, tour visits of the long-term site can be scheduled by contacting Mitchell at (559) 303-9689. Now is a particularly good time to visit the site as there are two no-till crops, garbanzos and sorghum, growing simultaneously throughout the entire study field.
To hear an audio clip of Jeff's Mitchell's interview on KMJ please click on the following link.
KARE outreach and education leader, Laura Van Der Staay, along with UCD Cooperative Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, Jeff Mitchell, had their hands full with over 300 enthusiastic Tulare County 4th graders as part of the 2017 half-day AgVentures extravaganza that was held at the International Ag Center on May 12. This is the third time the two of them have taken part in this activity that is always a big hit with the kids, teachers and parents. Students learned about soil science and research that is underway at the KARE Center related to soil function and management and also had a chance to see up close and personal how soils can change if they are managed using conservation agriculture practices. While the day is always grueling, both Van Der Staay and Mitchell departed after a hearty hamburger lunch that was provided by the event organizers with the satisfaction of having hopefully expanded horizons and inspired a new generation of science-loving students.