Climate Smart Agriculture delegation trip to Chile

Originally Posted on 11/28/17-12/4/17 by  Paul Robins, RCDMC Executive Director

On November 25th to December 2nd of this year, California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) led a group of California delegates, including RCDMC's Executive Director Paul Robins, on a trip to Chile. Chile has a similar climate to California, grows many of the same specialty crops, and faces many of the same challenges related to climate change. Paul posted photos and updates all week from the trip, where the delegates saw first-hand what Chilean agricultural operations and researchers are doing to address climate change and drought. There is so much we can learn from one another!

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Local Students Speak to the Question: ‘How can RCDs better involve their communities in conservation?’

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October 24, 2017

Each year, the RCD holds a Speak-Off speech competition for area high school students, at which participants present a three- to five-minute speech on a conservation topic prompt to compete for a $50 cash prize. On Tuesday afternoon, three local high students—Sophomore Jessica Rodriguez-Reyez and Senior Jacob Dixon from Watsonville High School, and Senior Juan Rivera Perez from Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas—came to the RCD office to compete for who could most clearly, succinctly and persuasively address this year’s Speak-Off topic, “How can RCDs better involve their communities in conservation?”. Students gave their speech to a panel of independent judges.

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North Salinas High School Student Sweeps Land Judging Contest to Win Range Camp Scholarship

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October 19, 2017

FARMS Leadership students from North Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad, and Watsonville High Schools competed in a Land Judging Contest on September 28th. The Land Judging Contest is an annual competition where high school students compete in their ability to assess a soil’s capacity for supporting different land uses with emphasis on agricultural production. North Salinas High School student Kyla Monroe took first place by over 20 points. Luis Carrillo and Gregario Alfaro, both from Gonzales High School, tied for second and third place.

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Farm Tour Gives Local Influencers a First-Hand Look at On-Farm Conservation Practices

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October 16, 2017

Government representatives, community leaders, agriculturists and environmentalists joined RCDMC last Wednesday October 11th for the Farm Sustainability Practices Tour, which visited three farms across Monterey County. More than 30 guests attended the tour, which highlighted the work being done by the RCD and project partners, including Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Central Coast Wetlands Group, strawberry and vegetable farmers, and the Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA). Tour guests hopped on the charter bus at the RCD’s Salinas Office at 8:30 in the morning, to ride alongside RCDMC Executive Director Paul Robins, with guests including Assemblymember Anna Caballero, Monterey County District 4 Supervisor Jane Parker, and aides from Representative Jimmy Panetta and three County Supervisors’ offices.

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