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Rock the drought: Kill it with millet

Rock the drought: Kill it with millet

Grace Kerfoot

April 3, 2015


Filed under Features

California’s drought is a big deal and it’s about to deliver a roundhouse kick to your food budget. As the agricultural breadbasket of America continues to dry up, we can anticipate that farmers will struggle and food prices will rise. It’s time to start thinking and eating drought con...

Drought spurs rigorous conservation efforts

Drought spurs rigorous conservation efforts

Kristina Martinez

February 24, 2015


Filed under News

Chico State has responded to California's ever-worsening drought by finding innovative ways to cut back on its water use on campus and at the University Farm. Plumbing is on of the areas where water can be conserved, such as by replacing earlier faucet aerators with new ones that use only half the amou...

Invest in student innovators to survive California drought

Invest in student innovators to survive California drought

Dylan Dewit

February 7, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The California drought has gotten so bad. “How bad is it?” It’s so bad that our state looks like this. Also like this. Sorry, no punch line here. Just sad depictions of California’s worsening water crisis. Despite a stormy December, Northern California experienced its driest January in...

University Farm hit hard during drought

University Farm hit hard during drought

Eric Mccauley

April 13, 2014


Filed under News

Chico State's University Farm has not had enough rain this year to be able to produce nearly as much feed as it used to.Low rainfall has drastically increased the price and demand for crops, said Cindy Daley, manager of the University Farm's dairy farm. At the same time, feed crop suppliers have not been able to produce as much either, and both the shortage of and the demand for these cr...

Fish feces fuel sustainable food business

Fish feces fuel sustainable food business

Christine Lee

March 11, 2014


Filed under News

Two Chico State graduates are starting a sustainable food business using a combination of fish feces and age-old agricultural techniques. Zi Kuang and Kirill Obraztsov, two friends who graduated from Chico State with masters degrees in business administration, are using a production method called aquaponics to grow ve...

Drought-resistant plants grow on campus

Drought-resistant plants grow on campus

Yessenia Funes

March 11, 2014


Filed under News

Students walking through the Chico State campus will find trees and plants from the East Coast, Europe and Southeast China. In fact, 90 percent of the campus harbors non-native flora, said Michael Alonzo, the supervisor of grounds and landscape services for Facilities Management and Services.Though London plane trees, Chinese pistache trees and grassy lawns provide aesthetic value...

Drought depletes dam energy production

Drought depletes dam energy production

Yessenia Funes

March 1, 2014


Filed under News

The ongoing drought has kept Lake Oroville nearly 20 percent below its average capacity for this time, according to the Department of Water Resources' website, causing its power plant to produce only half the electricity it should be. People don't use much power during the winter, so this ener...

Ranchers sell animals to survive drought

Ranchers sell animals to survive drought

Yessenia Funes

February 18, 2014


Filed under News

Because of persistent drought conditions, local ranchers have been selling parts of their animal herds to reduce the number of mouths to feed. The animals need grass to eat, but the drought has kept grass from growing, said Christine Hantelman, co-owner of Wookey Ranch. The ranchers protect their land by sell...

First-ever zero water allocation affects all

First-ever zero water allocation affects all

Yessenia Funes

February 10, 2014


Filed under News

The California Department of Water Resources’ State Water Project has completely halted water delivery due to the drought. Water will not be delivered to its 29 public water distributors because of the current drought, said Ted Thomas, an information officer at the Department of Water Resources. An exception to this change is...

Farm bill may harvest money for agriculture program

Farm bill may harvest money for agriculture program

Madison Holmes

February 4, 2014


Filed under News

Additional funding may come to Chico State's College of Agriculture after a farm bill was voted through the House of Representatives on Jan. 29. The bill comes after a two-year impasse between the Democratic and Republican parties and authorized $1 trillion in spending on farm subsidies and nutrition programs....

Farmers revive land from dry spell

Christine Lee

January 20, 2014


Filed under Breaking News, News

University Farm students and staff are combating the drought this season by digging up the farm’s groundwater earlier than expected to replenish the land.January typically brings in three inches of rain, however, the statewide average precipitation this year was just 0.10 inches, according to th...

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