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

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...

New NRCS Staff: (left to right) Minshew, Rolfes, Zahangir and Komar CASI Updates New State NRCS Staff on Key Ongoing Workgroup Initiatives
Posted 8/22/2016 - Three relatively new USDA NRCS additions to the State Office, State Soil Scientist Tony Rolfes, State Agronomist Hudson Minshew, and Regional Soil Health Coordinator, Kabir Zahangir, along with Northern California NRCS Soil Scientist, Jim Komar, met...

2016 Innovators Award Recipient Ladi Asgill 2016 Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation Center’s Farmer Technical Service and Farmer Service Award - Ladi Asgill
Posted 8/22/2016 - In 2005, the University of California and NRCS Conservation Tillage Workgroup, now the Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation Center, established a series of Innovator Awards as a means for providing greater visibility to Conservation Agriculture...

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Conservation agriculture at work

No-till cover crop seeding into cotton and tomato residues.

Conservation tillage innovators

Ralph Cesena, Sr. - 2013

Ralph Cesena, Sr. - 2013

The 2013 CT Industry Award recipient is Ralph Cesena, Sr., president of Cesena Distributing of Stockton, Calif.

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