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Sokolow A.D.,University of California at Davis | Hammond S.V.,UC Cooperative Extension UCCE | Norton M.,UCCE | Schmidt E.E.,University of California at Davis
California Agriculture | Year: 2010

About 2.5 million agricultural acres are located adjacent or in close proximity to nonfarm residences in California, leading to widespread farm-residential conflicts. This exploratory study compared high- and low-conflict edges in four crop-growing communities in two counties. (A separate analysis of San Diego County in a sidebar compares two edge situations involving animal and nursery operations.) We present tentative generalizations about conflict variations, sources and solutions. High confliict levels were largely due to residents' unfamiliarity with agricultural activities, although conflict levels were also related to specific farming practices. We also pose questions to guide further and more systematic research on the edge issue in California agriculture.


Rilla E.,UC Cooperative Extension UCCE | Hardesty S.D.,University of California at Davis | Getz C.,University of California at Berkeley | George H.,UCCE
California Agriculture | Year: 2011

More than 2.4 million visitors participated in agritourism at California farms and ranches in 2008. They stayed at guest ranches in the foothills, picked peaches in the Sacramento Valley, played in corn mazes up and down the state, shopped at on-farm produce stands along the coast, held weddings in fields and vineyards from coast to mountains, and experienced myriad other agriculture-related tourism activities. The UC Small Farm Program conducted the first statewide economic survey of California agritourism operators to better understand their goals, needs and economic outlook. University researchers from several other states provided input and sample data from state surveys conducted between 2000 and 2007. This information will help to target outreach and address current and emerging challenges.


Stewart W.L.,University of California at Davis | Fulton A.E.,UC Cooperative Extension UCCE | Krueger W.H.,UCCE | Lampinen B.D.,University of California at Davis | Shackel K.A.,University of California at Davis
California Agriculture | Year: 2011

A plant-based regulated deficit irrigation (RDI) experiment in the northern Sacramento Valley determined that crop consumptive water use and irrigation could be reduced without significant detrimental effects on almond production. Tree stress was measured by recording midday stem water potential, a direct measure of tree water stress. With a water stress level of -14 to -18 bars during the hull-split period, average annual water savings were about 5 inches. Over 5 years, no significant yield reductions were observed, although average kernel weight was slightly lower. The results suggest that water savings can be achieved without affecting yield, even in soils with low water-holding capacity.


Burrack H.J.,North Carolina State University | Bingham R.,Plant Industry California | Connell J.H.,UC Cooperative Extension UCCE | Wunderlich L.,UCCE Amador | And 4 more authors.
California Agriculture | Year: 2011

The olive fruit fly was first detected in Los Angeles in 1998 and in all the olive-growing regions of California soon after. Following its initial detection, UC researchers and Cooperative Extension farm advisors, county agricultural commissioners and the California Department of Food and Agriculture Pest Detection and Emergency Project established a statewide monitoring program to determine the extent of the olive fruit fly's occurrence, track its seasonal biology and evaluate monitoring tools. Fly populations and infestations can reach high levels throughout California but tend to be lower in the San Joaquin Valley. Trap captures typically exhibit a bimodal distribution with peaks in the spring and fall. Olive infestation is related to fly densities, climate and fruit size. Gravid, mated females vary in density throughout the year but are present at some level year-round. The data is being used to develop models that will better predict when the adults are active and olives are at risk.


Long R.F.,UC Cooperative Extension UCCE | Hanson B.R.,University of California at Davis | Fulton A.E.,UCCE | Weston D.P.,University of California at Berkeley
California Agriculture | Year: 2010

Irrigation tailwater can transport sediments and sediment-associated agricultural pollutants to nearby waterways. To help protect the biota of surface waters, we evaluated the use of polyacrylamide (PAM, a synthetic material that flocculates sediments when added to water), vegetated ditches and sediment traps to mitigate sediment losses from furrow-irrigated fields. In a 2-year study, liquid PAM injected into irrigation source water most effectively reduced suspended-sediment concentrations in runoff from different soil types. Dry tablet and granule PAM formulations were also effective, as long as their placement in the furrows promoted their dissolution in irrigation water. Vegetated ditches resulted in intermediate reductions in suspended sediments in tailwater. The sediment traps were limited in their effectiveness by insufficient holding time for fine-grained particulates to settle out of the runoff.


News Article | December 13, 2016
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Princeton, NJ, December 13, 2016 --( LCM 4.0 offers a robust user interface that streamlines campaign operations and enhances user experience. LCM 4.0 makes it easier than ever for enterprises to execute proactive customer engagement strategies that hyper-connect businesses (B2B) and consumers (B2C). The new user interface offered in LCM 4.0 provides campaign managers/agents with an enhanced, more intuitive experience. Administrators, supervisors, and agents will find day-to-day operations to be simplified and more productive. Users will now be able to execute campaign tasks more efficiently by using fewer steps, thereby reducing time and complexity. Additionally, LCM 4.0 now supports a multitude of devices and operating systems. Users accessing LCM 4.0 on a tablet, laptop or mobile device will have a responsive interface based on screen size and now with touch screen support. Acqueon’s LCM 4.0 release comes at a time when proactive customer engagement and interaction is more critical than ever before. “As customer service expectations continue to rise, customers expect businesses to engage them with relevant, timely, and personalized content via their channel of choice. Businesses must have the systems and tools in place to manage seamless engagement across multiple channels in a unified, highly productive, and cost effective manner,” said Ashish Koul, President, Acqueon Technologies Inc. “Acqueon’s LCM 4.0 provides the means to adopt and execute Omni-channel proactive engagement strategies from an existing Cisco contact center environment,” Ashish continued reaffirming Acqueon’s commitment to provide the best solutions in the digital campaign management space. To learn more about LCM and other products in Acqueon’s suite of solutions, please visit: https://www. acqueon.com. About Acqueon Acqueon Technologies Inc. specializes in developing software solutions for the customer interaction market. Acqueon Technologies products and solutions use business logic to deliver a distinctive customer experience by enabling organizations to build better relationships with businesses and customers. For more information, please contact sales@acqueon.com or call (888) 946-6878 (Americas/Europe) or +91-44-6108-4800 (APAC/MEA). Princeton, NJ, December 13, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Acqueon Technologies Inc., a leader in Omni-channel proactive customer interaction, is pleased to announce the general availability of its List and Campaign Manager (LCM) 4.0 for Cisco UCCE, UCCX, PCCE and HCS. LCM is a core element of contact center solutions delivered by Cisco and their advanced technology ecosystem partners.LCM 4.0 offers a robust user interface that streamlines campaign operations and enhances user experience. LCM 4.0 makes it easier than ever for enterprises to execute proactive customer engagement strategies that hyper-connect businesses (B2B) and consumers (B2C).The new user interface offered in LCM 4.0 provides campaign managers/agents with an enhanced, more intuitive experience. Administrators, supervisors, and agents will find day-to-day operations to be simplified and more productive. Users will now be able to execute campaign tasks more efficiently by using fewer steps, thereby reducing time and complexity. Additionally, LCM 4.0 now supports a multitude of devices and operating systems. Users accessing LCM 4.0 on a tablet, laptop or mobile device will have a responsive interface based on screen size and now with touch screen support.Acqueon’s LCM 4.0 release comes at a time when proactive customer engagement and interaction is more critical than ever before. “As customer service expectations continue to rise, customers expect businesses to engage them with relevant, timely, and personalized content via their channel of choice. Businesses must have the systems and tools in place to manage seamless engagement across multiple channels in a unified, highly productive, and cost effective manner,” said Ashish Koul, President, Acqueon Technologies Inc. “Acqueon’s LCM 4.0 provides the means to adopt and execute Omni-channel proactive engagement strategies from an existing Cisco contact center environment,” Ashish continued reaffirming Acqueon’s commitment to provide the best solutions in the digital campaign management space.To learn more about LCM and other products in Acqueon’s suite of solutions, please visit: https://www. acqueon.com.About AcqueonAcqueon Technologies Inc. specializes in developing software solutions for the customer interaction market. Acqueon Technologies products and solutions use business logic to deliver a distinctive customer experience by enabling organizations to build better relationships with businesses and customers. For more information, please contact sales@acqueon.com or call (888) 946-6878 (Americas/Europe) or +91-44-6108-4800 (APAC/MEA). Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Acqueon Technologies


News Article | December 15, 2016
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Acqueon Technologies Inc., a leader in Omni-channel proactive customer interaction, is pleased to announce the general availability of List and Campaign Manager (LCM) 4.0 for Cisco UCCE, UCCX, PCCE and HCS. LCM is a core element of contact center solutions delivered by Cisco and their advanced technology ecosystem partners. LCM 4.0 offers a robust user interface that streamlines campaign operations and enhances user experience. LCM 4.0 makes it easier than ever for enterprises to execute proactive customer engagement strategies that hyper-connect businesses (B2B) and consumers (B2C). The new user interface offered in LCM 4.0 provides campaign managers/agents with an enhanced, more intuitive experience. Administrators, supervisors, and agents will find day-to-day operations to be simplified and more productive. Users will now be able to execute campaign tasks more efficiently by using fewer steps, thereby reducing time and complexity. Additionally, LCM 4.0 now supports a multitude of devices and operating systems. Users accessing LCM 4.0 on a tablet, laptop or mobile device will have a responsive interface based on screen size and now with touch screen support. Acqueon’s LCM 4.0 release comes at a time when proactive customer engagement and interaction is more critical than ever before. “As customer service expectations continue to rise, customers expect businesses to engage them with relevant, timely, and personalized content via their channel of choice. Businesses must have the systems and tools in place to manage seamless engagement across multiple channels in a unified, highly productive, and cost effective manner,” said Ashish Koul, President, Acqueon Technologies Inc. “Acqueon’s LCM 4.0 provides the means to adopt and execute Omni-channel proactive engagement strategies from an existing Cisco contact center environment,” Ashish continued reaffirming Acqueon’s commitment to provide the best solutions in the digital campaign management space. To learn more about LCM and other products in Acqueon’s suite of solutions, please visit: https://www.acqueon.com. About Acqueon Acqueon Technologies Inc. specializes in developing software solutions for the customer interaction market. Acqueon Technologies products and solutions use business logic to deliver a distinctive customer experience by enabling organizations to build better relationships with businesses and customers. For more information, please contact sales(at)acqueon(dot)com or call (888) 946-6878 (Americas/Europe) or +91-44-6108-4800 (APAC/MEA).


News Article | November 30, 2016
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With AgShift’s easy to use mobile app, growers of diversified farms can gather accurate cost of production information and make financially driven decisions on marketing and crop planning. The app enables growers to make decisions based on insights (data from their farm records) rather than instincts. Miku Jha, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AgShift, says, “We are pleased to have this opportunity to collaborate with Sonoma County UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE). Sonoma County, UCCE academic staff is at the forefront of change, working to preserve agriculture, conducting research on a wide range of subjects and extending its findings to business and industry, consumers, educators, and the community at large.  When it comes to current software solutions for small to midsize farms, we recognized a  lack of  understanding of the  growers and their daily challenges. We have set out to change that. At Agshift, we are committed to bettering the lives of growers and their communities, and working with UCCE is helping us address this.” Dr. Stephanie Larson, UCCE County Director says, “Collaborating with AgShift is in-line with the work we do to support and train aspiring farmers to run successful farm businesses, and who will need this tool to track cost of production. These farmers will be the next generation of Agropreneurs.” AgShift’s ultimate aim is to provide tools that will help growers improve their on-farm decision-making and planning to maximize farm profitability. Farm profit management becomes extremely complex when successive and overlapping crops are grown on the farm during the year. We designed AgShift especially for small to midsize farms to maximize the return on investment (ROI) for the whole farm. Growers can generate “what-if” scenarios to see which crops and investments make sense for their unique situations and needs. The goal is to maximize the return on every dollar that the grower invests by continuously gathering and analyzing farm data and external data sources such as soil, markets, historical crop trends, weather and research data. The grower will always know ahead, how each decision impacts the farm’s ROI. Key Features In this release of AgShift we have made farm record keeping a breeze. Tracking income, expenses and labor across different crops and different markets can be tricky and tedious. We have simplified that with our Ledger Keeper. In addition, we have a starter version of Profit Maximizer that improves farm profits by translating data into helpful insights and customized recommendations. We are taking agricultural data science to new highs as we make previously inaccessible information available for objective decision-making. Availability AgShift iOS App is now available to Sonoma County growers for trials. Growers can sign up at http://www.agshift.com/ now. AfShift's experienced grower reps will help you get started. From crop budgets and sales to better profits and much more, you will discover how smart farming with our software can make you stay on top of it all. The full version is coming soon. For more details, please visit http://www.agshift.com. Our Mission At AgShift, we are a nimble team of growers, agronomists,   researchers and technologists. Together we are putting the best ideas into practice. We are all passionate about creating practical and profitable solutions for our growers.


News Article | December 13, 2016
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Acqueon Technologies Inc., a leader in Omni-channel proactive customer interaction, is pleased to announce the general availability of List and Campaign Manager (LCM) 4.0 for Cisco UCCE, UCCX, PCCE and HCS.


Standiford R.B.,University of California at Berkeley | McCreary D.,University of California at Berkeley | Barry S.,UC Cooperative Extension UCCE | Forero L.,UCCE
California Agriculture | Year: 2011

California's hardwood rangelands, an oak-dominated woodland system, cover 10 million acres. More than 80% of these lands are privately owned, with two-thirds grazed by domestic livestock. Public concerns about long-term damage to habitat in areas harvested for firewood - particularly in the northern Sacramento Valley - led to this study of resprouting, to assess long-term trends in oak cover following harvesting and the potential of sprout (coppice) management to sustain woodlands. In field surveys on 103 sample plots at 19 ranches where oak firewood was harvested, we found that 54% of all oak stumps resprouted. Stump diameter, herbicide application, overstory crown cover percentage, and slope and aspect were significant variables in models developed to assess the probability of stump sprouting. Ten-year sprout height and crown growth models were developed, and livestock grazing, residual overstory canopy, herbicide treatment and stump diameter were found to be significant variables. These models can be used to predict stand development following firewood harvest and can be integrated with forage growth, wildlife habitat and residual tree growth models.

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