Our Commitment to Education
Yolo Land & Cattle Co.
years, we have welcomed all types of student groups to our
ranch for tours and workshops. We feel a huge obligation to help
educate our youth about agriculture. Without the continued desire of
the next generation to pursue agriculture, our nation’s ability to
produce its own food could be in jeopardy. Our goal is to
educate students about their natural environment and develop a better
appreciation for how their food is produced. Many of these students
come from urban backgrounds, and often, it is their first opportunity
to experience a working cattle ranch.
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We frequently work with several programs, such
as Ag in the Classroom,
FARMS, SLEWS, and inner city programs (children at risk).
Most of these programs are curriculum-based, designed to help educate
kids about agriculture and preserving our natural resources. The
students learn about native plant identification, wildlife habitat,
water quality, soil quality, and of course, Cattle Ranching 101.
Many of the students have assisted us in completing
restoration projects as part of their study program, by planting native
around ponds, building and installing bird boxes, and installing
irrigation systems for the native tree and shrub plantings. The
students also learn about water quality by taking samples of our creek
water and analyzing the contents for living organisms.
Kids from the FARMS program constructing, transporting, and installing
a wood-duck nesting box.
We strive to give students
a realistic experience on their
We have hosted numerous class field trips as well, from grade
school kids, all the way up to university animal science classes.
Each year, we provide a barbecue lunch and a tour for several
classes from the Culinary Institute of America, both the New York
the Singapore Campus. We have a unique opportunity to
interact and educate students who will eventually become the top chefs
in their industry. It is one of our favorite tours,
and the students also enjoy the experience.
Education doesn’t end with students. Over the years, we have
welcomed numerous government officials and foreign trade delegations to
the ranch. We believe it is important for our government to
see how their legislative policies affect ranchers, and we like to do
our part in promoting U.S. beef to a worldwide audience. See our Agricultural Group Tours