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Farming in the Foothills

Happy Irrigation Season!
Posted 4/24/2017 - Happy irrigation season for those of you who enjoy swimming more than farming. April 15 is the start of irrigation season! It may be raining and wet now but before you know it, you will need irrigation to keep your crops and pastures healthy. This is...

Start Smarter Part 2: Lessons I Learned Along the Way
Posted 4/17/2017 - In my first Starting Smarter blog post, I talked about hands-on education, business planning, market research, and crop selection (Starting Smarter Part 1). I could write a book on what I didn't know when I started farming. In Part 2, I will summarize...

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Ag labor management seminars offer keys to success in times of labor uncertainty
Posted 1/17/2017 - UC Cooperative Extension will hold workshops in Temecula Feb. 1 and 2 to help California agricultural employers facing many challenges including labor shortages, wage & hour laws, joint liability, worker safety, workers comp insurance, and...

USDA Announces Streamlined Guaranteed Loans and Additional Lender Category for Small-Scale Operators
Posted 11/17/2016 - USDA recently announced the availability of a streamlined version of USDA guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning,...

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Have You Pruned your Blueberries Yet?
Posted 10/15/2014 - Pruning is critical for the management of blueberry plants. It helps with the growth and development of younger plants and is needed to create a structure that will maximize vigor and productivity, minimize insect and disease problems, and help maintain...

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