February 2019 Volume 3, Number 2
In the Media
The Vantage Point

Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

Both the California legislature and Congress are now back in session. UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is getting ready to meet with legislators to talk about our work during California Agriculture Day on March 20 and our first-ever UC ANR Advocacy Day on March 26. We look forward to the conversations!

As you may know, UC ANR is a statewide division of the University of California that works with communities across the state and partners with academics throughout the 10-campus system. UC ANR brings the power of UC research to bear in the subject areas of agriculture, natural resources, nutrition and youth development. In dozens of program areas, UC ANR delivers public benefit in multiple ways: through research, extension and community engagement. Here are just a few examples:

  • UC ANR addresses California’s persistent fire problem through research projects, partnerships that support resiliency and mitigation, and community engagement in recovery and response efforts.
  • UC ANR research supports water efficiency innovations for farms and urban landscapes, influences state policy and delivers large and valuable improvements in water management.
  • UC ANR improves childhood nutrition through research that drives policy as well as the implementation of federal programs for low-income families.
  • California agriculture generated over $50 billion in revenue in 2017. UC ANR conducts research to improve yields and support sustainable food production; one focus is agricultural pest management.

Fittingly, our latest issue of California Agriculture focuses on the research-to-policy process, showing how scientific expertise can inform the development of sound policies that further the public good. Our UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) scientists communicate science effectively to many audiences and engage with a wide range of stakeholders. The result? UC ANR research and extension work continues to inform and develop evidence-based policy in California. UC ANR has helped to expand the safe use of prescribed fire in forests , limit the water quality impacts of dairy farms , better manage our streams and rivers , improve nutrition standards and policies and increase the efficiency of water use in urban landscapes . In addition, a new certification program run by UCCE is helping farmers and ranchers comply with new reporting requirements for water diversions.

Speaking of policy, be sure to read Clare Gupta’s recent article on the UC ANR website, “ Food policy councils are emerging as a model to address gaps in local policies .” Gupta notes that in a growing number of communities, food policy councils have emerged to address gaps in local policies related to food. Food policy councils (FPCs) are an important way to bring community members together with local government to promote the social, economic and environmental health of local and regional food systems.

In other news, California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN) , a statewide coalition that advances sustainable agricultural climate solutions through policy, is holding its biennial California Climate and Agriculture Summit on March 4-5, 2019 at the UC Davis Conference Center . CalCAN counts many UC ANR staff among its science and technical advisory council . The program for this year’s CalCAN summit looks terrific and includes UC ANR staff Doug Parker , Daniele Zaccaria and Ruth Dahlquist-Willard talking about our Climate Smart Agriculture partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture. In addition, CalCAN will recognize Dahlquist-Willard , of UC Cooperative Extension, Fresno County, and Tapan Pathak , of UC Cooperative Extension, UC Merced, for their demonstrated leadership in climate and agriculture science, policy and practice.

I look forward to presenting an overview of UC ANR to the UC Regents on March 14 at UCLA. You can find out more about the meeting and watch a livestream of my presentation at: https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/meetings/ .

We look forward to seeing you and collaborating with you! As always, please share Connected  with colleagues who would be interested in receiving it, and encourage them to subscribe . We thank you very much for your support.
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March 23, 2019
Planning Ahead for Your First Hives
Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility
UC Davis
1 Bee Biology Road
Davis, CA 95616
Learn what is necessary to get your own honey bee colony started and keep it healthy and thriving. At the end of the course participants will be knowledgeable about installing honey bee packages, monitoring their own colonies and possible challenges with maintaining a healthy colony. Instructors are Dr. Elina L. Niño and Bernardo Niño . The $95 registration fee covers the cost of course materials (including a hive tool), snacks, lunch and refreshments on the day of the course. Please bring your bee suit/veil if you own one. Learn more and register .
March 29, 2019
Livestock Protection Tools Field Day
Robinson Ranch
Penn Valley, CA 95946
Interested in learning techniques for protecting your livestock from predators? Curious about nonlethal tools but concerned about costs and effectiveness? Join UC Cooperative Extension for this hands-on field day. Keynote speaker Cat Urbigkit will share her experiences using livestock guardian dogs and other tools to protect livestock in extensive rangeland environments. In addition, demonstrations will feature turbo fladry, electric fencing systems, game cameras, low-cost GPS collars for livestock guardian dogs and other tools; Wildlife Services specialists will cover preserving a livestock kill site; and George Edwards of the Montana Livestock Loss Board will discuss compensation programs. No charge for this workshop; however please RSVP . Learn more .
This is just a sampling of our events. See more events in our calendar .
Spotlight on Practical Resources
The Verde Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship (The VINE)
The Verde Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship (The VINE) is a connected community of innovators and resources . The VINE grew from within the University of California system and is thus deeply familiar with the many resources across California that are available to sustainable food and agriculture innovators. The VINE makes it easier for innovators to connect with UC Cooperative Extension offices, field innovation hubs and labs in every California county; with UC, CSU and community college incubators and programs; and with private sector trade associations and accelerators. The VINE's website features helpful resources , event listings (where you can add your own event ) , an innovator showcase and a blog .
Notes From the Field

A $4.6 million grant to UC Merced and UC Irvine will help UC Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers develop new tools and methods for California land owners to better manage the state's forests, shrub lands and grasslands. The goals include reducing wildfire risk, improving long-term carbon sequestration and bolstering resilience in the face of climate change, with an emphasis on California's rural regions and low-income communities.
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