FEEDSTUFFS IN FOCUS: Solution for minimizing wildfire risk not easy but needed

Backlogs in adequate management, coupled with drier, hotter conditions, have resulted in unhealthy, overly dense forests.

October 2, 2020

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A combination of hot temperatures, dry conditions and poor forest management practices have resulted in another year of devastating losses for farmers and ranchers in the West. Wildfires have already burned through millions of acres and continue to rage, with rains not expected for weeks. Smoke alone has caused substantial crop and soil damage as well as respiratory issues for livestock. 

In this episode of Feedstuffs in FocusFeedstuffs editor Sarah Muirhead talks with Jamie Johansson, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, about the losses for agriculture to date, mandatory evacuation from his family’s olive and citrus operation and what’s being pushed at state and federal levels to reduce wildfire risk and support those hard hit. As Johansson explains it will not be an easy fix but rather one that will take a near total mindset shift and generations of change.

This episode of Feedstuffs In Focus  is sponsored by Hog Slat and Georgia Poultry. New for 2020, the Classic Pullet feed pan. Built to handle the most aggressive birds, the Classic Pullet features an anti-rotation clip, feed shut-off slide, and a shallow divided pan. Learn more at HogSlat.com.

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