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Techies and Tractors: Silicon Valley’s Next Big Thing is Saving Water
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Oakland-based startup Ceres Imaging is partnering with farmers and ag organizations to maximize water and fertilizer efficiency through the use of aerial imagery. Despite heavy rains this year, climate change stands to perpetuate the cycle of dry years in California, so farmers “will have to become more calculating” to maintain high yields and continue operating. Independent field tests indicate the practice works. Ceres has partnered with the University of California Cooperative Extension since 2014, including on a trial study for the Almond Board of California “that measured the response of nuts to different rates of watering.”

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Almonds from California are a healthy, natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds with a research-based approach to responsible farming, production and marketing on behalf of the more than 7,600 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom have third- and fourth-generation family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.