Archive | November, 2012

Guest blogger: Leopold’s philosophy endures

Leopold Conservation Award By Jeanne Byrne, High Ground Ground Organics We have been named one of three finalists this year for the Leopold Conservation Award. The Leopold Award recognizes “extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation on the land of exemplary private landowners.” It is given by the Sand County Foundation, in conjunction with the California Farm Bureau […]

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Conservation is a tradition for Utah ranching family

Sand County Foundation, the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, and Western AgCredit are pleased to name the Heaton Ranch as the recipient of the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award. “The Heatons understand how important healthy natural resources are to the success of their ranch,” said Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President. “They have made […]

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Dino Giacomazzi

California dairy farmer to receive conservation award

The California Farm Bureau Federation, Sustainable Conservation and Sand County Foundation are pleased to name Hanford, California dairy farmer Dino Giacomazzi as the 2012 recipient of the Leopold Conservation Award in California. The seventh annual Leopold Conservation Award for California will be presented December 3 at the California Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Pasadena. The $10,000 […]

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Did farmers of the past know more than we do?

In the age of corn based ethanol and record high farm commodity prices, more and more acres are shifting to a two crop system of corn and soybeans.  The New York Times’ Verlyn Klinkenborg, in his article, linked below, argues in favor of older, well proven four-crop rotations that include crops such as oats and […]

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Addressing ‘The Deer Paradox’

By Kevin McAleese The chill in the air and the geese overhead tell me that we are just days away from the start of the gun-deer season in Wisconsin.  I, along with tens of thousands of other hunters, am ready for it to begin.  I have my hunting license, a fresh box of rifle cartridges, […]

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Biofilter is good news for California farm

Victor Fanelli, a dairy farmer in Merced County, California, has volunteered his farm as the test site for a waste-water treatment system, developed by Sustainable Conservation in San Francisco. The system pumps waste water between two gravel pits, which, according to the article below, creates “an oxygen-rich environment that helps microbes remove nitrogen.” The technology […]

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