September 2018 Volume 2, Number 9
UC ANR
In the Media
The Vantage Point



Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Global Climate Action Summit that took place in San Francisco September 12-14 left me inspired and committed. UC is a leader on the issue of climate change , and UC ANR is a partner in the effort — across California, UC Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors are working in their local communities to help people prepare for warming temperatures and adapt to the changing climate

UC ANR scientists also contributed to California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment , and in case you missed it, UC scientists Tapan Pathak Mahesh Maskey Jeffery Dahlberg Faith Kearns Khaled Bali  and  Daniele Zaccaria published an important study in Agronomy earlier this year, “ Climate Change Trends and Impacts on California Agriculture: A Detailed Review ,” that has   received much attention .

Two days before the Global Climate Action Summit, I attended Scaling Up Climate Smart Agriculture , an event in Sonoma County hosted b y Karen Ross and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) that brought together farmers, ranchers, multinational corporations, foreign governments and non-governmental organizations to further the role that food and agriculture has in climate discussions. We discussed soil health, carbon sequestration in soil (“carbon farming”) and other climate smart agricultural practices, as well as land conservation, sustainable procurement, technical assistance and public policy. ANR looks forward to helping scale up the adoption of Climate Smart farm practices across the state.

Thanks to our colleagues at the Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (WAAESD), who noted UC ANR’s work to tackle wildfire . A new $4 million study will explore the future of fire, ecosystems and climate in California and includes UC ANR’s Max Moritz and scientists at multiple UC campuses. The study aims to create a “ more realistic picture of how wildfires and ecosystems will evolve by integrating detailed models of fire behavior, vegetation and climate across the entire state.”

In addition, to work on the many forest health issues facing the state, California has officially launched the Forest Management Task Force , a cooperative effort among state, federal, tribal and local governments. The new task force was modeled on the Tree Mortality Task Force and will continue efforts on tree mortality, but will also expand the work to address forest management issues such as wood products utilization, regulatory barriers, education and outreach to landowners, forest restoration and prescribed fire. UC ANR looks forward to playing a central role in collaboration with leaders from the University of California and California State University systems to establish a Joint Institute for Wood Products Innovation that would accelerate research, development and adoption of advanced forest management and wood products manufacturing.

In other news:


  • In case you weren’t aware of it, UC Cooperative Extension provides training in water diversion monitoring and reporting — required for all water right holders by Senate Bill 88 — at many locations throughout California. Check the schedule for a training near you. 


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Engage with Us!
Silicon Valley Forum: Technology and Innovation in Agriculture
October 4, 2018
UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus
3175 Bowers Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95054
UC researchers and partners are applying innovative technology solutions to increase production to feed growing populations and to conserve scarce water resources. UC ANR Chief Innovation Officer Gabe Youtsey is a featured speaker at this event, which includes presentations, a panel discussion and plenty of time for Q&A and networking. Register .
Reimagining California Water
An exposition of research and innovation
October 24-26, 2018
Doubletree by Hilton
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
UC Water and the California Institute for Water Resources   are teaming up to bring together the research and outreach of the University of California to bear on " Reimagining California Water ." All are invited to attend. Registration is free and closes on October 9 .
This is just a sampling of our events. See more events in our calendar .
Spotlight on Practical Resources
UC Agronomy Research and Information Center
The Agronomy Research and Information Center (RIC) is a website that delivers science-based UC information and online learning tools for important agronomic crops grown in California to growers, researchers, industry professionals, governmental agencies and the general public. The crops include alfalfa, grain legumes/beans, bio-fuels, corn, cotton, oil seeds, rice, wheat and other small grains, and sugar beets. The Agronomy RIC provides current and comprehensive information based on research conducted at UC on sustainable management practices for each commodity. University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) workgroup and individual researcher publications, reports, and leaflets are available, and the Agronomy RIC provides contact information for UCCE specialists, farm advisors and faculty for people needing additional commodity information.
Notes From the Field
UCCE offers Prescribed Fire on Private Lands Workshop

To reduce the dry grasses and shrubs that can fuel intense wildfires, California landowners and land managers are invited to attend a prescribed-fire workshop organized by University of California Cooperative Extension in October. The workshop will be offered in two locations – Placer County and Calaveras County. The one-day workshop is designed for landowners and land managers who want to learn skills in prescribed-fire planning and implementation. 
In addition to reducing wildfire fuels, prescribed fire is used to control invasive plant species and for ecological restoration. Each workshop will feature similar content: presentations on prescribed fire, including local fire history and current fire research; prescribed fire permitting and legal considerations; Cal Fire's Vegetation Management Program; fire weather forecasting and online tools; air quality and smoke management; fire terms and fire behavior; burn plan development; burn unit preparation; and fire tools and equipment.  
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