Part 6 of the curriculum: Planning a Successful Field Trip. With this 11-part curriculum, you can set up an after-school program that teaches teens leadership, fitness, and good nutrition in an exciting music-and-dance environment.
This project helps you explore the wide variety of pets available, and will help you learn about the type of pets that fit best into your family.
- •Identify breeds and species and their characteristics
- •Learn about the selection, care, and needs of pets and basic principles of pet behavior
- •Care and management in feeding, handling grooming, fitting and showing
- •Explore health regulations and first aid
- •Learn and practice animal ownership responsibilities
The 4-H archery project sheet outlines activity ideas for youth at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of skill. Gives suggestions on how to tie the activity to STEM, healthy living, citizenship, and leadership goals. By participating in the archery program in the 4-H Shooting Sports Program you will learn:
A basic discussion of patent rights as they apply to genetically engineered plants, presented in the context of conventional plant breeding.
Describes practices that can be used to reduce the potential for contamination by outcrossing in cottonseed.
Agricultural Biotechnology in California series.
Nutrient-based pollution concerns mean dairies must closely monitor and document how much feed they use. Learn how to show that you are using just enough (and not too much) feed in this publication.
Learn the basics of providing enough feed for your dairy cattle without leaving excess nutrients that can harm the environment.
With feed prices rising, dairies are looking for new feed options such as rice straw. The problem is rice straw can jam equipment and be hard to mix into other ration components. The key is to cut the straw to the right length at the cutter/baler stage.
Information on how to “bee prepared” for the movement of the Africanized honey bee into California. Includes tips on how to identify Africanized honey bees, bee-proofing your home, and what to do if stung.
Edición en español de “Bee Alert” (“Cuidado con las abejas”) (Publicación 8068). Información sobre cómo prepararse para la entrada en California de la abeja de miel africanizada. Incluye consejos sobre cómo identificar estas abejas, cómo proteger su casa de estas abejas y qué hacer si le pican. Spanish edition of “Bee Alert” (Publication 8068). Information on how to “bee prepared” for the movement of the Africanized honey bee into California. Includes tips on how to identify Africanized honey bees, bee-proofing your home, and what to do if stung.
Increasing urbanization is encroaching on the habitat of California's wild fishes, and fish populations are falling. Learn the basics of fish biology and explore ways to reduce or even reverse civilization's negative effect on fish and streams.
Sustaining and improving soil quality over the long term are frequently identified by organic farmers as their primary management goals.
Conservation tillage is an approach to soil management that balances the short-term need for a profitable crop with the long-term need for sustainably healthy ground. This publication looks at ways to control weeds while practicing conservation tillage.
When pesticide residues get into stream water and in-stream sediments, they can last for anywhere from a few days to decades or more.
Part 15 of the 24-part Forest Stewardship Series. The Forest Stewardship Series is a 24-part free online publication that provides owners of California forestland with a comprehensive source of information pertinent to the management and enjoyment of their lands. This information will help you formulate and implement strategies for achieving your personal goals as a landowner. The series provides an introduction to the lifelong study of forest stewardship that is part of owning forest property.
Forest Stewardship Series 20: Laws and Regulations Affecting Forests, Part II: Activities Other Than Timber Harvesting
Part 20 of the 24-part Forest Stewardship Series. The Forest Stewardship Series is a 24-part free online publication that provides owners of California forestland with a comprehensive source of information pertinent to the management and enjoyment of their lands. This information will help you formulate and implement strategies for achieving your personal goals as a landowner. The series provides an introduction to the lifelong study of forest stewardship that is part of owning forest property.
Part 3 of the 24-part Forest Stewardship Series. The Forest Stewardship Series is a 24-part free online publication that provides owners of California forestland with a comprehensive source of information pertinent to the management and enjoyment of their lands. This information will help you formulate and implement strategies for achieving your personal goals as a landowner. The series provides an introduction to the lifelong study of forest stewardship that is part of owning forest property.
Nuts are delicious and they are good for you. Here are some simple handling and storage tips you can follow to keep them good to eat and prevent rancidity or the growth of bacteria that have the potential to cause illness.
How to store and preserve this popular food, while avoiding common food-safety problems.
This guide includes advice on selecting tomatoes for the home garden as well as from the market; safety tips for handling fresh tomatoes; and recommended methods for storing, freezing, drying, and canning. Also includes recipes for Tomato-Green Chili Salsa and Tomato-Tomato Paste Salsa.
Cholesterol isn't simple. Some is “good,” some is “bad”; it's something our bodies need, but only in small amounts. Confused? This publication can help with its clear, specific answers to common questions about cholesterol in your diet and in your body.
Basic nutrition facts (including USDA's MyPyramid for Kids), and how to apply them when preparing lunch for young children. Sample menus included.
Saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, trans — This short publication will help you sort out the one from the other and help you make better food choices.
This ESL curriculum focuses on environmental issues that are relevant to many recent immigrants living in arid, urban situations. Use in conjunction with the Student Workbook (Publication 8311).
It's like the three little pigs showed us: The way you build your house can make the difference between a cozy home and a heap of rubble when disaster strikes. Learn about design methods and building materials that will help your home survive a wildfire.
Recommendations for Working in Partnership with Latino Communities: A Guide for Public Agencies and Other Social Service Practitioners
Intended for staff of agencies, organizations, and others who desire to strengthen their partnerships with Latino communities, this brief publication addresses to issues that concern many public agencies and nonprofit, community-based organizations.
Large volumes of water are commonly used during postharvest handling of minimally processed fruits and vegetables. Water disinfection is a critical step in minimizing the potential transmission of pathogens from a water source to produce.
Key Points of Control and Management of Microbial Food Safety: Information for Producers, Processors, and Handlers of Fresh Market Tomatoes
Most commercially produced tomatoes are wholesome and disease-free, but that result takes a lot of work. Here are some basic steps to remember.
This publication provides an introductory overview of the properties, applications, known efficacy, and worker exposure and safety consideration of applying ozone in the postharvest environment.
Properly managed RDM can be expected to provide a high degree of protection from soil erosion and nutrient loss. Applications of specific RDM standards based on research and experience have shown the effectiveness of this approach to grazing management.
Terms and quantification techniques to help you accurately assess the effects of livestock grazing when you conduct a botanical survey of an area.
Widespread development and massive degradation are quickly eroding the persistence and health of annual grassland systems. This guide was developed to give practitioners of any experience level an overview of considerations for grassland restoration design and application that will be right for their situation. Here you’ll find ways to effectively improve grassland conditions in monetarily and logistically feasible ways. This publication focuses on restoration species choice, because species identity can be the dominant driver of achieving a restoration goal—included is an extensive appendix matching geographic area and soil type to appropriate species for consideration. The techniques presented are the result of years of experience from research scientists and non-academic practitioners and synthesizes published and unpublished data in one handy source. Sections include: Identifying Restoration Goals and Desired Outcomes: Biodiversity Pollinator Habitat Wildlife Habitat Erosion Control Forage for Grazing Animals Carbon Storage/Nutrient Cycling Pre-Vegetation Techniques Plant Materials Revegetation Techniques Discussion of 83 species with brief description of pros and cons Extensive references
Lower elevations of the Sierra Nevada have climate, soil, and drainage characteristics that make ideal growing conditions for certain fruit and nut tree varieties — and less so for others. Use this guide to choose the best trees for your home orchard!
Many hundreds of species of poisonous plants grow in the United States. Some of the most beautiful trees, shrubs, vegetables, and vines are poisonous under certain conditions. They provide shade, colorful flowers, or food, but parts of the plant (sap, leaves, seed, flowers, stems) may also contain toxic compounds. Using this publication, you will learn how to identify plants associated with poisonings and other health problems. Included is a table of poisonous plants commonly found around the home and garden and instructions on making a plant identification file.
The media coverage of the peril of pollinators has led to the general public wanting to help bees in particular. Public awareness about pollinator importance and the growing interest in urban beekeeping has led many local and municipal governments across California to revisit ordinances to acknowledge and potentially facilitate this developing resurgence in beekeeping. Learn beekeeping basics as they apply to urban environments as well as how to keep your bees good neighbors. Good for bees, good for beekeepers, and good for neighbors. Includes information on honeybee identification, flyways, hive management, installing a queen, recordkeeping, human-bee interactions, and an extensive glossary and references.