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Theresa Becchetti grew up on her family’s farm in MO where her love of agriculture began, especially for cattle. The family later moved to San Diego, but Theresa kept her deep love for agriculture. She received her BS at Cal Poly SLO in Animal Science, concentrating in natural resource management, with a minor in Watershed Management. While at Cal Poly, Theresa was very active in the Beef Program as a resident herdsman for two of the facilities and a member of the beef enterprises. She then went to Davis for her MS in Animal Science where she conducted a statewide research project concerning riparian grazing. The main objective of the project was to find associations between grazing management, site characteristics, and riparian/stream health, allowing managers to implement management practices that can safeguard riparian areas without simply fencing the area out. Theresa has a cross-county appointment for Stanislaus County as well.
Theresa A. Becchetti Livestock and Natural Resources
A Rare Opportunity for Aerial Seeding of Rangeland in Mendocino County
Posted 11/16/2017 - We have a rare opportunity for aerial seeding of rangeland as the window for planting is closing in about 30 days. After about December 15th our soil temps become too cold for good germination. Diane Curry, Interim Agricultural Commissioner, was...
Sources of Rice Straw for Mulch and Erosion Control
Posted 10/30/2017 - Post fire inventories include a lot for ranchers, e.g. stock, forage, fence, buildings and equipment losses immediately come to mind. Equally important is an inventory of potential sediment sources from hill slopes, fire cut roads and riparian areas...
Livestock Indemnity Program for Fire Stock Losses
Posted 10/30/2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) to reimburse producers up to 75% of the market value of animals lost due to adverse weather conditions. Adverse weather conditions under LIP include wildfires. All...
Save the Date: Post Fire Recovery Workshop
Posted 10/30/2017 - See the attached flier for date, time and location of a joint agency sponsored workshop for those impacted by the recent fires.
Mendocino & Lake Counties Fire Recovery Info
Posted 10/16/2017 - The attached pdf, from Katie Delbar, provides initial info on assistance for ag producers with property in the recent Mendocino & Lake fires. I've just begun to work on a smartphone app that I hope will make it easy to assess acreage damaged by the...