UC offers free


Farmers and others can access hundreds of free publications on such topics as agriculture, gardening, nutrition and food safety at the University of California-Davis' new online database.

Ucanr.org/freepubs, includes peer-reviewed publications written by UC academics on such subjects as the Asian citrus psyllid, strawberry preservation and controlling common lice and mites of poultry, according to a news release.

The most frequently downloaded titles are updated regularly.

Grazing lands conference open

Early-bird registration is available for the fourth National Conference on Grazing Lands Dec. 13-16 in Reno, Nev., hosted by the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative and the Society for Range Management.

The conference is held every three years to encourage more technical assistance for the nation's grazing lands and to promote research and education, according to the California Cattlemen's Association.

Topics at the conference will include the value of rotational grazing and of riparian habitat, carbon sequestration and flexibility within grazing systems, a CCA bulletin said.

For information and registration forms, visit www.glci.org.

-- Tim Hearden

Kosher chicken plant started

Ground was broken in Tulare Sept. 9 for a 60,000 square foot kosher chicken processing plant that is expected to open in March 2010. House of David is expected to create up to 150 jobs and will process 40,000 chickens daily.

The plant is the first large scale processing facility for poultry in Tulare County.

-- Cecilia Parsons

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