Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation
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Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation

View the CASI six-part documentary

The video above is the first episode of a six-part documentary series from Conservation Agriculture Cropping Systems Innovation (CASI). In the videos, farmers, UC researchers and industry leaders explain how no-till and minimum-till agriculture, and overhead precision irrigation, can lead to higher irrigation efficiency, increased profitability and greater resource conservation. Find links to all segments at the table of contents.

Conservation agriculture news

UC Cooperative Extension Fresno County Advisor, Dan Munk, and CDFA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Sheila Morco, at the cover crop water use study site in Five Points, CAMunk and Morco CASI’s Munk and Mitchell host CDFA’s Morco at Five Points cover crop study sites
Posted 4/28/2017 - Veteran CASI Workgroup member Dan Munk along with Jeff Mitchell hosted Sheila Morco of CDFA's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for a site visit for the project,  Evaluation of Trade-Offs between Winter Cover Crop Production and Soil Water...

Scott Exo (left) US Country Manager for BCI and Carlos Silva (right) USA Program Officer Better Cotton Initiative Leaders Visit Five Points NRI Project Field – March 28, 2017
Posted 3/29/2017 - The US Manager of BCI, the Better Cotton Initiative, Scott Exo, and BCI's San Joaquin Valley Coordinator, Carlos Silva, visited the longstanding NRI Project field in Five Points, CA on March 28, 2017 as part of a tour hosted by CASI's Jeff...

CASI’s Mitchell (center) flanked by Gabriele Ludwig, Jenny Nicolau, Spencer Cooper, and Carissa Sauer.(from left to right). CASI meets with California Almond Board
Posted 10/17/2016 - CASI Chair, Jeff Mitchell, participated in an introductory idea exchange meeting on October 11th with seven representatives of the California Almond Board at their headquarters in Modesto, CA. The meeting provided an opportunity for CASI and the Almond...

Dan Munk (light blue shirt and wide-brimmed hat at left) hosts Steve Vasquez’s TKI Crop Vitality at the long-term NRI Project study site in Five Points, CA Fresno Farm Advisor Dan Munk hosts TKI Crop Vitality at NRI Project Field in Five Points
Posted 10/17/2016 - Veteran UCCE soil, water and cotton Advisor, Dan Munk, of Fresno County, hosted a group of sixteen agronomists who work with the international fertilizer company, TKI Crop Vitality, at the long-term NRI Project study site in Five Points, CA on Friday,...

Roi Adar and Yofesh Shoub of Israel. CASI hosts Israeli entrepreneurs at NRI Project site in Five Points
Posted 8/30/2016 - Two Israeli entrepreneurs, Roi Adar, Deputy Director of AutoAgronom Israel Ltd. And Yofesh Shoub, of the Ministry of Agriculture, met with CASI researcher, Jeff Mitchell, on Sunday afternoon, August 28th at the long-term NRI Project site in Five Points...

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Conservation agriculture at work

No-till cotton growing in wheat stubble.

Conservation tillage innovators

Michael Crowell - 2011

Michael Crowell - 2011

A 2011 CT Farmer Innovator Award goes to Michael Crowell of Bar Vee Dairy in Turlock, Calif. This award acknowledges the outstanding and pioneering work he has done to develop and expand no-till dairy forage production systems not only at his dairy, but also throughout the Turlock region, and also recognizes the very generous contributions he has made to achieving the goals of California’s Conservation Cropping Systems Workgroup.

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