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Felicia Alvarez

Davis water efforts rank well as state saves 31.3%

Davis is among hundreds of Californian cities that beat the summer heat by exceeding their water reduction goals. Since Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a 25 percent cutback in water use over 2013 levels, residents in Davis and across the state have exceeded expectations. Statewide water use showed a 31.3-percent reduction in July, according to data […]

Marrone Bio delays revenue fillings

Marrone Bio Innovations opted to delay its second-quarter revenue filings for this year, marking 15 months since the last time the company submitted financial fillings to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Davis-based biotechnology company makes pest management products and is listed under the symbol “MBII” under the NASDAQ stock exchange. According to the late […]

Global insights: Trellis students work abroad

They found themselves in Bangladesh, Malawi and Kenya.

Taking their research skills overseas, three UC Davis grad students recently returned from villages across the globe. From dealing with soils thick with chemical pesticides to helping market strategies, the students’ work is part of three month-long projects under the Trellis Fund, an arm of UCD’s Horticulture Innovation Lab.

Trellis works on a smaller scale than the lab, selecting students to …

Cool Davis’ Transportation Fair rolls in Sunday

Cool Davis invites the community to bike, bus, and walk into the first-ever Transportation Fair, this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Davis Food Co-op and Ken’s Bike-Ski-Board on the 600 block of G Street. With school just around the corner, the local climate change non-profit encourages Davisites […]

Hometown favorites fill fair’s opening night

On just 55 acres of land, the Yolo County Fair is the little fair that could.

With all the fair favorites packed into the Woodland fairgrounds, the five-day event brings everyone together for hometown fun. The fair is a celebration of everything Yolo County, from an the local bands to an exhibition of Yolo businesses, vendors, and farmers.

The free-gate fair opened its doors Wednesday night to cheerful crowds of families and friends that swelled the fairgrounds, at 1250 Gum Ave in Woodland.

Transportation Fairs focus on bikes, e-cars

Cool Davis’ new Transportation Fair, a celebration of green living and mobility, is just around the corner.

A local nonprofit focused on climate change, Cool Davis is transforming the Cool Davis Festival of years past into a series of events throughout the year.

“We’re taking the transportation section of the festival out into the community,” said Shelby Kelley, transportation field coordinator with Cool Davis.

Rolling into town this weekend is the first-ever Transportation Fair.

Davis man arrested in alleged domestic violence incident

Davis police arrested a 38-year-old Davis man on domestic violence charges Friday evening after receiving a report from his former girlfriend that he punched her, pulled her hair and threw her to the ground. The incident occurred at 9:50 p.m., police said. The victim declined medical attention immediately after the incident, but took herself to […]

‘It Gets Better Every Year’ at the Yolo County Fair

From a battle of the bands to a battle of the lambs, it’s time once again for the Yolo County Fair, which opens its annual five-day celebration on Wednesday in Woodland.

Guests will find classics such as the destruction derby, livestock corrals, fair food and blues music alongside some new additions including monster trucks and a hometown battle of the bands.

Since the fair is the only free-gate fair in the state, guests need only pay the $5 parking fee to gain entrance. The fairgrounds are at 1250 E. Gum Ave. in Woodland. Fair hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Sunday.

It’s fair time! Old favorites join new features

From a battle of the bands to a battle of the lambs, it’s time once again for the Yolo County Fair, which opens its annual five-day celebration on Wednesday in Woodland. Guests will find classics such as the destruction derby, livestock corrals, fair food and blues music alongside some new additions including monster trucks and a […]

Yolo County Fair rocks, revs and baa’s back into town

From a battle of the bands to a battle of the lambs, it’s time once again for the Yolo County Fair, which opens its annual five-day celebration on Wednesday in Woodland. Guests will find classics such as the destruction derby, livestock corrals, fair food and blues music alongside some new additions including monster trucks and a […]

Syngenta celebrates expansion for seed R and D

Little gray greenhouses and neutral-painted buildings at Syngenta in Woodland don’t seem like much on the outside, but on the inside they house hundreds of sprouting plants and technologies for developing efficient farming. Syngenta — a global seed company based in Switzerland — opened its doors Wednesday to celebrate the grand reopening of its expanded research and development […]

New Dixon facility raises hopes for lamb industry

A brand-new lamb processing plant is gearing up in Dixon, serving not only California livestock ranchers, but the lamb industry across the nation. Centered just south of the city, Superior Farms is planning a 50,000-square-foot facility said to be the first of its kind built in the nation since 1997. Lamb consumption in America has been on a […]

Harlan Farms saves energy for the future

Settled in 1850, Harlan Farms has seen everything from livestock-drawn plows to diesel-fueled tractors. Today, sixth-generation farmer Blake Harlan is installing hundreds of feet of solar paneling and using electric vehicles to power his fields. While reducing pressure on the land, Harlan’s efforts to reduce the farm’s energy usage have also accumulated into $97,000 in […]

At Monsanto, it all starts with the seed

WOODLAND — Seeds that grow in fields across the globe are bred and studied right in our own back yard at Monsanto’s vegetable research and development center just outside Woodland.

Located on 182 acres off Highway 16, Monsanto’s vegetable research and development team performs extensive seed research in automated labs that read seed genomes and in scores of fields and greenhouses where some of the company’s newest varieties of vegetables are put to the test.

While Monsanto has come under fire for producing genetically modified crops, out of seven crops studied in Woodland, squash is the …

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