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UCD dairy department awaits new facilities

The UC Davis Dairy Teaching and Research Facility may soon be moved and receive some long-awaited upgrades.

The facility occupies 10 acres — five of which are for feed storage and barn corrals, the other five of which are for grazing for a herd of about 200 head. The dairy is scheduled to be moved to one of several locations by mid-2016, UCD officials say.

Two possible locations, each about 14 acres, have been named so far. Dan Sehnert, animal facilities coordinator for the department of animal science said …

UCD cheese: a lost legacy

Did you know? It takes 21.2 pounds of whole milk to make 1 pound of butter, and 10 pounds of whole milk to make 1 pound of cheese Gone are the days in which UC Davis made its own cheese, milk and ice cream. Those wanting to study the art of making dairy products from […]

Davis grad makes rain collection a business

Learn more What: BlueBarrel Systems hands-on installation workshop When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26 Where: Location confirmed upon registration Cost: $45 Info: Sign up online at A Davis High School graduate who noticed that many food products are shipped in 55-gallon drums used that knowledge to build her own rain-catching business. BlueBarrel Systems […]

Agri-biotech company makes Davis its home

A newly formed agri-bioscience company will soon bring about 10 jobs to Davis to explore the use of microbes to improve fertilizer efficiency and yield in crops in an effort to potentially replace chemicals to achieve these results. The company, BioConsortia, will be headed by newly appointed CEO Marcus Meadows-Smith, who ran Davis-based AgraQuest from […]

Panel discusses upcoming state and local water issues

Local and state leaders held a panel discussion to discuss the future of the state’s water supply and its relationship to Yolo County at a Davis meeting Monday night. About 100 people attended the public forum, titled “Enough to Go Around — Sustainable Water Policy for California and Yolo County,” filling a room at the […]

Man arrested for punching Davis café clerk

A store clerk was punched Friday just outside the Barista Brew Café in the 400 block of G Street in downtown Davis, police report. Described as a Davis transient, Marc Duncan, 40, entered the café about noon where employees said they saw him stealing, police said. The clerk asked Duncan to leave and threatened to […]

Mothers can now donate, bank umbilical cord blood

Mothers giving birth at UC Davis Medical Center will now have the chance to store away their newborn’s umbilical cord blood as part of a state program to collect and store the cells for their disease-fighting properties. Created by state legislation in 2010, California’s Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program is a state-funded system designed to […]

Moms give thanks every year for son’s birth

Daniel Kimmel-Terra wanted privacy for his interview — much like his moms wanted privacy in the hospital room nine years ago so that his ears would hear his mothers’ voices first. His moms, Jennifer Terra and Alison Kimmel, both of whom teach at schools in Davis, have come back to Sutter Davis Hospital’s Birthing Center […]

Young farmers face challenge of expensive land

As the nation’s farmers age, whether there will be enough interested youths to sustain their numbers remains to be seen. One thing is for sure: Though there is some help for farmers starting out, the costs of just breaking ground do not make the career an easy one, especially in Yolo County. This year’s census […]

Plowing through all that red tape

Chris Turkovich caused Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, to do a double-take when he spoke before a recent agritourism panel on which she sat.

Turkovich described that it took 24 agencies to construct a simple 4,800 square-foot winemaking building in the county.

Turkovich’s list went on and on — permits from county and state entities ranging from conservation, utilities, fire and sheriff’s departments, waste management, mosquito control …

Easing conflicts, stressing mutual benefit

Rather than a conflict of interest, leaders of Yolo County’s Habitat Conservation Plan see mutual benefit in the hiring of the consulting firm that is handling the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to work on Yolo’s plan as well. ICF International was chosen out of five competing contractors. Two bowed out due to workload, and ICF […]

Habitat conservation program moves forward

Developers, farmers and conservationists often have competing interests when it comes to how land should be used.

After a decade in the works, a Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan that would help balance those interests and ease the effects of development on endangered species is nearing completion.

The plan, produced as part of the Yolo Natural Heritage Program, is projected to cost about $500 million over 50 years and would encompass all 650,000 acres of Yolo County.

Farmers and ranchers are concerned with potential inspection of their land for species counts and whether they could end up responsible for changes in these populations.

Marrone Bio Innovations saw gains in 2013

Davis-based Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. saw increased financial growth in 2013 for both the full year and the fourth quarter, the company announced Thursday. The producer of bio-based pest management and plant health products saw 2013 fourth-quarter revenues totaling $6 million, a growth of 106 percent when compared to the previous year. The company saw […]

Davis Food Co-op general manager told to step down

Davis Food Co-op members and employees were left in the dark as to why their general manager was given a 30-day termination notice last Friday. At a Co-op board of directors meeting Monday night, Co-op members and former board members spoke mostly in support of Eric Stromberg and directly asked the board to explain. Stromberg […]

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