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Farming in the Foothills

Mandarin Growers Test New Practices
Posted 6/20/2017 - Mandarins are considered the signature crop of the foothills. Foothill growers are challenged by poor soils, limited water, increasing pest pressure, and production costs. Many of us are employing non-traditional techniques to counter these challenges....

Perfecting Your Sales Pitch
Posted 5/11/2017 - When I started my first business, I knew that I had a great product and I expected everyone to automatically realize this and purchase it. In those initial months, sales were lackluster. I couldn't believe how few people were buying and that buyers were...

Small Farms News

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,...

Small Farm Feed

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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