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Yolo County Agriculture, Food & Gardening Digest

New Website Features Information on Care of Backyard Chickens, Sheep, Goats


The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources advisors has published a new website with information resources for small acreage landowners raising livestock.

Capay Valley Almond Festival Returns; Woodland Chamber of Commerce Hosts Mixer


The annual Capay Valley Almond Festival is making its return Feb. 24 and 25 at every town up the valley from Esparto to Rumsey.

UC Davis Integrative Center for Alternative Meats and Proteins Launches


The center is a collaboration between multiple departments and institutions that will lead innovation and research in sustainably producing alternative proteins.

Beekeeper Offers $100,000 Reward in Brazen Fresno Beehive Thefts


Commercial beekeeper Andrew Strehlow estimates he’s had 1,000 hives stolen over the years. The latest theft, of 96 hives from a Fresno County orchard, was his last straw.

Sacramento Chef a Semifinalist for Prestigious James Beard Award


Buu “Billy” Ngo, a co-owner at the widely adored Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, has been named as a semifinalist for Best California Chef from the James Beard Awards.

Central California Is Battling a Unique, ‘Growing’ Crime Problem


Beehives, tractors and more are getting stolen from farmers.

Will More Outdoor Drinking Give CA Economy a Buzz?


State Sen. Scott Wiener wants to allow California cities and counties to designate “entertainment zones” where bars and restaurants could serve alcoholic drinks that people can consume on public streets and sidewalks.

California Ranks High Worldwide for Rapidly Depleted Groundwater


In a sign of the ongoing threats to its precious groundwater stores, half a dozen regions in California rank among the world’s most rapidly declining aquifers.

Groundwater Levels Are Falling in Parts of California and Food-Growing Regions Worldwide


Groundwater depletion is worsening in many of the world’s farming regions. But a global study also found that some efforts are helping to boost aquifers.

Invasive Flies Are Inching Closer Toward Ruining California’s Economy


For months, the California Department of Food and Agriculture has been waging war on the oriental fruit fly, a voracious pest that can attack hundreds of types of fruits and vegetables.

Will $20 Minimum Wage Crush Fast Food in California?


Fast food lives in a consumer sweet spot: demand, convenience and relative affordability. And this pay hike—equal to minimum wage increases during the past five years—will create grand economic unknowns.

Woodland Community College Opens New Performing Arts and Culinary Center


Woodland Community College administrators hosted hundreds of community members for a ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of the latest addition to the campus.

Feedback Sought on Plans for Climate-Ready Landscapes in Robert Arneson Park


Climate-ready landscapes are spaces that are visually vibrant, drought tolerant, and support local nature. At Robert Arneson Park, these spaces will be pollinator gardens and mini-forests.

New Construction to Expand CoHo Westward


In 2022, the ASUCD Coffee House (CoHo) began its expansion project under the leadership of Food Service Director with the Associated Students Dining Services Darin Schluep.

Newsom Pitches Spending $22M to Fight Fruit Flies


California farmers face challenges posed by multiple types of fruit flies. Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed spending just over $22 million to combat the spread of these flies.

Hooby’s Brewing Celebrated at Toast of Winters Event


When you visit the Hooby’s Brewing website and read the Stocking family story, you can’t help but want to learn more about how what started off as a joke became the Winters 2023 Business of the Year.

Avian Flu Outbreak Hammers California Poultry Industry


An outbreak of the avian flu that began in California in October has killed 5.5 million birds throughout the Golden State. About 20% of the deaths have come in Sonoma County.

Bright Blue Waves Return to Southern California


Bright blue waves have been spotted in Long Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach. The bioluminescence is caused by organisms known as dinoflagellates and can impact fish populations.

Sierra Nevada Releases Its First Non-Alcoholic Beers


The Chico-based brewer has taken a more traditional approach to creating its non-alcoholic beer.

Kern County Is Poised to Become Warehousing’s Next Frontier


Farmland is being rezoned for industrial use, and massive warehouses are being built on spec near communities like Buttonwillow and Shafter, so goods coming through the Southern California ports can be shipped quickly throughout the western United States.

California Awards $116.8 Million to Conserve Agricultural Lands


The California Strategic Growth Council approved over $116 million in Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program grants to permanently protect 50,500 acres of croplands and rangelands, as well as lands utilized by Indigenous tribes for the cultivation of traditional resources.

Ranchers, Tribes Clash Over Water, Salmon Ahead of Sweeping New Irrigation Regulations


Salmon populations in the Scott and Shasta rivers have crashed, so state officials are about to restrict irrigation again. And the controversial rules may even become permanent.

Cultivating a Diverse Next Generation of Farmers Through USDA Funding


A third of the country’s farmers are over the age of 65. To bring in new farmers, $500,000 from the California Farm Bureau’s California Bountiful Foundation will be used to train veterans and socially disadvantaged individuals.

Street Vendors Talk About What It Takes to Run a Small Business


After years of taco vendors playing “a game of cat-and-mouse” with officials, SB 972 took effect this year, supporting street vendors in the process of getting the permits required to start a small food business.

Michelin Guide Adds Seven California Restaurants


Three restaurants in San Francisco, three in Los Angeles and one in San Diego have been added to the Michelin Guide. Two of the SF eateries also made Esquire’s list for best new American restaurants in 2023.

State Releases EIR for Delta Tunnel


The California Department of Water Resources released an environmental impact report for a tunnel that the state would like to build through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The report identifies potential impacts to farmland, tribal remains and endangered species of fish.

Thousands of Migrant Farmworker Apartments Sit Vacant for Months


Even though California is facing a crippling housing shortage, one potential source remains untapped. The state allows thousands of apartments used for part of the year by farmworkers to otherwise sit vacant for three to six months.

Monterey Farmers Try Novel Approach to Replenish Groundwater


Water managers in Pajaro Valley are paying farmers for water they get back into the ground. The move comes as California has grappled with water shortages in recent years.

One of Largest Cannabis Distribution Companies in State Goes Up in Smoke


HERBL, one of California’s biggest cannabis companies, collapsed earlier this year. The company, which sold $700 million of cannabis last year, reportedly shorted the state $17 million in taxes.

Gardeners Aren’t Surprised as USDA Updates Key Map


A newly updated “plant hardiness zone map” from the Department of Agriculture has many of the nation’s gardeners rushing online, Googling what new plants they can grow in their mostly warming regions.

Sprouts Farmers Market Opens in Woodland


Woodland’s first Sprouts Farmers Market will hold a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 17 welcoming guests to enjoy games, samples, prizes, gifts and more.

Groups Urge Court to Strike Down Decision Greenlighting Ocean Fish Farming


Center for Food Safety has filed arguments seeking to revoke the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of nationwide permit 56, which authorizes industrial finfish aquaculture structures in ocean waters around the country. CFS represents a coalition of conservation, tribal, and fishing organizations.


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