October 2018 Volume 2, Number 10
In the Media
AgNet West




Morning Ag Clips


Fresh Plaza

Dow Jones

KQED Science

Fire Adapted Communities

Los Angeles Times

Global News - Canada

Growing Produce

Bovine Veterinarian


Calaveras Enterprise

UC Riverside News

The Daily Evergreen

The Horse

Western Farm Press

Morning Ag Clips

Fruit Growers News


Western Farm Press

Capital Public Radio

Valley News

Comstock’s Magazine
The Vantage Point

Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

It’s been a good month for furthering crucial agricultural research and practices. Following September’s Scaling Up Climate Smart Agriculture event, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross and I recently signed a memorandum of understanding , initiating a new partnership between CDFA and UC ANR to advance climate smart agriculture in California. Through this agreement and a $1.1 million grant from the Strategic Growth Council , funded through California Climate Investments , we are able to greatly expand our efforts to scale up adoption of climate smart farm practices. The funding enables UC ANR to put 10 community educators, led by UC Cooperative Extension advisors, in counties across the state, creating a distributed network of additional technical assistance to interact, daily, with growers. The partnership is focused on implementing on-farm solutions to improve soil health, nutrient management, irrigation management, on-farm composting and manure management smart farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. This partnership reflects our shared goal of promoting practices that are evidence-based and grounded in science, as well as our commitment to expanding the number of research-supported solutions that are available to our farming community so they have the information and tools they need to make climate smart decisions. We are pleased to have this opportunity to partner with CDFA and support the agriculture community through the Climate Smart Agriculture program, and we thank the Strategic Growth Council and the California Climate Investments program for their support.

More good news for UC agricultural research came earlier this month, when the Citrus Research Board (CRB) and UC ANR established a $1 million endowment to fund the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at the UC ANR Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) . The new endowment will provide a UC Cooperative Extension scientist a dedicated source of funds to support research focused on the long-term sustainability of the citrus industry. The endowment focuses on the UC Citrus Clonal Protection Program , which distributes pathogen-tested, true-to-type citrus budwood to nurseries, farmers and the public to propagate citrus trees for commercial and personal use. The CCPP maintains blocks of trees that serve as the primary source of budwood for all important fruit and rootstock varieties for California's citrus industry and researchers. The CCPP is a cooperative program between UC ANR, CRB, the California Citrus Nursery Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. We would like to thank the Citrus Research Board for establishing the endowment for the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at LREC. CRB’s $500,000 gift, coupled with the $500,000 matching grant from the UC Office of the President, will help to ensure the long-term success of exemplary research focused on the California citrus industry.

We participated in many other events this month:

  • Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) had a fantastic 10th run! UC ANR was thrilled to host ACE 10 in Northern California in partnership with Valley Vision, Central Valley AgPLUS and other California partners. We look forward to seeing the collaborations that evolve from all of the leaders in innovation and economic development who attended.
  • Our California 4-H team had quite a success during this fall’s Paper Clover campaign. In case you’re not aware of the campaign, twice a year the Tractor Supply Company sells Paper Clovers for $1 at all of their stores. The proceeds go to each store's local county 4-H program and are used to help youth go to 4-H camps and leadership conferences. California 4-H raised $80,000 this fall and finished in second place nationally for amount of funds raiseda rousing success! In other 4-H news, congratulations to Richard Mahacek, a UC Cooperative Extension 4-H youth development advisor, who was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for his achievements and contributions to 4-H; the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which houses National 4-H Headquarters, sent their good wishes.
  • The Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, which happens every other year in different locations around the world, took place this year in San Jose, California with the theme of Sustainable Groundwater Management: The Path Forward. This Tenth Biennial Forum underscored the extent to which the problem of the overexploitation of groundwater resources is no longer exclusive to the drier regions of the world and has become a global issue. The forum offered a place to discuss the challenges of developing and implementing policies for long-term sustainability of groundwater in the context of an integrated water resources management approach.
  • Because it is so important to our state, water will be discussed again at the 2018 California Economic Summit, November 15-16 in Santa Rosa. The Summit inspires initiatives aimed at the triple bottom line: seeking to simultaneously advance economic growth, ensure environmental quality and provide opportunity for all. The 2018 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity outlines the Summit’s plans to take on the challenges of our time—pushing the state to set goals and track progress toward restoring upward mobility, ensure rural regions aren’t left behind and demonstrate how every California community can make itself a model of resiliency.
  • We certainly need to be resilient after the many devastating wildfires we have experienced. UC ANR has been offering Prescribed Fire on Private Lands Workshops to landowners and land managers seeking to gain skills in prescribed fire planning and implementation. A Prescribed Burning and Grazing on Private Lands workshop is coming up on November 9 in Sonoma County; learn more and register. Managing fuels around your home and property is an essential part of living with fire. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) recently announced the availability of up to $155 million for fire prevention and forest health projects. CAL FIRE is soliciting applications for projects that will help prevent catastrophic wildfires and restore forest health while also sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. See the CalFIRE Grants web page for details and application deadlines.

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Engage with Us!
Advances in Walnut Production Short Course
November 5 to 7, 2018
UC Davis ARC Ballroom
1 Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
This integrated orchard management course features UC faculty, Cooperative Extension specialists and farm advisors, and USDA researchers providing an in-depth, comprehensive study of all phases of walnut culture and production. The program is based on the latest information and research and will cover the fundamental principles that form the basis for practical decisions. Included are Q&A for each session, quality time with instructors and networking opportunities. Learn more and register .
Fire Recovery Fundraiser & Harvest Celebration (includes Sheepdog Trials)
November 10, 2018
Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
Join the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center (REC) to celebrate their stunning Northern California working landscape. Help them recover from recent fire damage as you enjoy sheepdog trials, get updates on fire recovery and eat a delicious farm-to-table luncheon accompanied by live music and an auction.   Register by November 5.
This is just a sampling of our events. See more events in our calendar .
Spotlight on Practical Resources
UC Integrated Pest Management Resources
UC Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program staff work closely with area IPM advisors, farm advisors, specialists and researchers to develop educational materials that reflect the newest advances in pest management. Among the useful publications and educational materials offered are newsletters, print and PDF publications, DVDs, videos, reports, blogs, workshops and online training. Learn how to solve your pest problems with UC's best science!
Notes From the Field
Change on the range

A new breed of ranchers is bringing diverse demographics and unique needs to rangeland management in California. These first-generation ranchers are often young, female and less likely to, in fact, own a ranch. But like more traditional rangeland managers, this new generation holds a deep love for the lifestyle and landscapes that provide a wealth of public benefit to California and the world. UC Davis research indicates grasslands and rangeland have become more resilient at sequestering or consuming carbon dioxide pollution than forests in California, making them especially important in a warming world.
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