July 2017   Volume 1, Number 1
The Vantage Point
Welcome! We are excited to send you this first issue of Connected, the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources newsletter. In case you are not familiar with UC ANR, let me provide some background.

From the day the first University of California campus was founded, agriculture and natural resources have been an integral part of the university’s mission to serve the state and its people. UC ANR's focus on applied research and the practical extension of science-based information to every county in California is unique within the UC system. UC ANR directly serves California communities in all 58 counties. For many parts of rural California, UC ANR is “the face of UC.”  

We recently launched our We Are UCANR campaign to celebrate the work that UC ANR does throughout the state, nationally and internationally.  And I recently testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture about the importance of university agricultural research and innovation; you can watch my testimony and  read a transcript

With the launch of this newsletter, we invite you to read about the important work that UC ANR does, and to collaborate with us.

Future issues of Connected will be sent monthly. Please share  Connected with colleagues who would be interested in receiving it, and please encourage them to subscribe.
Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources
Notes From the Field
UC connects FOOD IT to research and education
More than 300 people gathered in Mountain View for the fourth annual  FOOD IT: Fork to Farm on June 27 to discuss the role of information technology in the food system – from managing crops in the field to dealing with consumer food waste. The event, hosted by The Mixing Bowl, attracted professionals who intersect with every part of the food system, from farmers to scientists, from entrepreneurs to venture capital investors. 
UC ANR in the Media
Sacrarmento Bee
“This is where they establish relationships with forests and people, and develop professional field skills,” said Rick Standiford, a UC Cooperative Extension forest management specialist who taught 37 years at Berkeley.

California Ag Network
A UC Riverside project is developing an early-warning system to better prevent and control avian influenza, a highly infectious pathogen and a critical problem confronting the U.S. poultry industry.

Channel 30 Action News
The UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center in Tulare County has 15 different types of avocado trees growing on a test plot. Mary Lu Arpaia, UC Cooperative Extension subtropical specialist, hopes to develop a variety which can adapt to the San Joaquin Valley’s cold winter and hot summer temperatures.

KQED
Over the past two years, aggressive coyotes have attacked pets or bitten people in a number of Southern California cities. There has been very little research on coyote-human conflicts in urban areas. “The data is an absolute mess,” said Niamh Quinn, a coyote researcher with UC Cooperative Extension in Irvine, who recently authored a study on coyote conflict trends in Southern California. 

Orange County Register
Southern California has a new seed library, the San Bernardino County Regional Seed Library at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair. “We’re interested in germination quality, yield and any other information that helps with categorizing the seeds,” said Dona Jenkins, coordinator of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of San Bernardino County. “Any and all seeds are welcome, but we are focusing on edible ones and those from pollinator plants."

Washington Post (sponsored content)
Kate Scow, a UC ANR researcher at UC Davis, has been digging into the science of how healthy soils can not only create productive farmlands, but also store carbon in the ground, where it belongs, rather than in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. A greater awareness of soil’s ability to sequester carbon and act as a defense against climate change is earning new attention and admiration for a resource most of us treat like dirt.

Capital Press
Record winter rainfall during the 2016-17 winter has enabled farms to emerge from survival mode in the short term, but In university laboratories and farm fields around the state, growers and researchers are working feverishly to find ways for the state’s orchards, vineyards and row crops to get by with as little water as possible — before the next big drought. The article highlighted work by UCCE specialists Jeff Mitchell, Bob Hutmacher, Jeff Dahlberg, Khaled Bali and advisor Kevin Day. 

Engage with Us!
Dronecamp 2017
July 25-27
Davis, CA
The Informatics and GIS Program is pleased to announce  Dronecamp 2017, a three-day intensive workshop to be held in Davis, CA July 25-27, 2017. The comprehensive curriculum will cover everything you need to know to use drones for research and land management, including safety and regulations, flight operations, data analysis and latest trends and technology.
Apps for Ag Hackathon
July 28-30
The Urban Hive
Sacramento, CA 
Calling food, agriculture, and technology innovators and entrepreneurs from all corners of the state to join the  Apps for Ag Hackathon, a chance to win $10,000 and build an innovative solution in two-and-a-half fun- and productivity-filled days at The Urban Hive in Sacramento, CA. 
Spotlight on Practical Resources
The  UC Integrated Pest Management Green Bulletin provides practices and information that pest management professionals can incorporate into their daily work to manage pests effectively while reducing pesticide runoff and other environmental problems.  Sign up to receive this newsletter electronically.  
Calendar of Events
The UC ANR Calendar lists events hosted by our programs throughout California. Find an event in a community near you! 

UC ANR Calendar of Events
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Website:  ucanr.edu
Email:  connected@ucanr.edu