Placer Ag Futures Project

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2008: $25,670.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: Western
State: California
Principal Investigator:
Bill Bennett
High Sierra RC&D Council, Inc.
Kay Joy Barge
High Sierra Resource

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: potatoes, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: melons, apples, apricots, berries (blueberries), berries (brambles), cherries, figs, citrus, peaches, pears, plums, quinces
  • Vegetables: beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), onions, peas (culinary), peppers, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals, trees
  • Animals: bovine, poultry, goats, swine, sheep


  • Animal Production: parasite control, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational, stockpiled forages, watering systems, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, mentoring, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, study circle, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, budgets/cost and returns, marketing management, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: habitat enhancement, hedgerows, hedges - woody
  • Pest Management: biological control, botanical pesticides, chemical control, compost extracts, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, flame, integrated pest management, physical control, mulching - plastic, cultivation, prevention, row covers (for pests), sanitation, trap crops, traps, weather monitoring
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil analysis
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, employment opportunities, social capital, social networks, sustainability measures
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.