May 2018 Volume 2, Number 5
In the Media
The Vantage Point

Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

Many great things are happening at ANR and in our projects throughout the state. Before I share a few of those, I’ll get the unpleasant news out of the way first. Despite the additional funding that the state legislature is providing to the University of California, I’m afraid that I must report ongoing cuts to the ANR budget. At this point, we still do not know what our actual cuts will be, but anticipate we will have to cover approximately $5 million in unfunded obligations. We are managing these cuts in three ways:

  • We are slowing down hiring of UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists throughout the state.
  • Statewide programs are developing additional cuts to already reduced budgets.
  • UC ANR Research and Extension Centers (RECs) are reducing the subsidy that has been provided for research projects at the RECs.

I will share additional updates as soon as we know more.

On a brighter note, the Advisory Committee that President Napolitano formed to review ANR had its first meeting this week and, from all reports, is moving forward in a positive fashion. This group has been tasked to examine the structure of ANR, how we are funded and several other governance and structural issues. They will then provide the President with recommendations on any changes that will enhance our organization and improve how we deliver our mission. We will have much more to report on this as the effort unfolds.

In other news, I recently traveled to the growing campus of UC Merced to give the closing remarks at Ag Tech Day . This event showcases emerging technologies in agriculture that are backed by cutting-edge research and entrepreneurial innovation — new technologies that have the capability to transform the San Joaquin Valley Region and beyond. UC ANR , along with our VINE innovation ecosystem, are sponsors of AgTech Day. A few days later, I was interviewed by Ethan Elkins on the KALW public radio station in San Francisco about the impact of new technologies on our agricultural industry.

Speaking of technology, we have two terrific events coming up. Our popular ANR Drone Camp happens June 18-21 at UC San Diego this year. This three-day intensive workshop covers everything you need to know to use drones for mapping, research and land management. Registration for this year’s Drone Camp is due by June 1.

Later, on June 26, we, along with our VINE innovation ecosystem, are partnering with the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) and The Mixing Bowl to present FOOD IT: The Full Stack , a daylong event at UC San Francisco that brings together food and ag thought leaders, start-ups, key industry players, investors and representatives from leading global food and agriculture innovation hubs to discuss food and AgTech challenges and solutions in an innovative and interactive forum. It’s a fun and inspiring day - read about last year’s event and see for yourself! By the way, ANR recently entered into a partnership with QB3 to establish an innovation program for food, agriculture and natural resources in California that benefits all Californians. Stay tuned for more news about that.  

Summer is coming, and for many kids from low-income households, that means they lose access to the free and reduced-cost school meals that are available to them during the school year. UC ANR’s  Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Sacramento County joined State Senator Dr. Richard Pan’s coalition to promote the Million Meals Summer in Sacramento County to ensure that no child goes hungry when school is not in season. Anyone can join Dr. Pan’s coalition or sign up for updates about the Million Meals Summer campaign . It’s an important effort to help ensure that our children have the proper nutrition to grow up healthy, educated and ready to achieve their full potential.

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Engage with Us!
ANR DroneCamp 2018
June 18-21, 2018
UC San Diego
San Diego, CA 92093

The drone market is currently exploding worldwide. This burgeoning industry needs trained specialists who understand regulatory compliance for non-recreational use, best practices for project-specific deployment and effective data processing techniques. At ANR DroneCamp , you will get experience planning and conducting drone flights; process, analyze and visualize drone data using leading software; and learn how to become an FAA-certified pilot. Learn more and register.
FOOD IT: The Full Stack
June 26, 2018
UCSF Conference Center
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

The fifth annual FOOD IT will gather food and ag thought leaders, start-ups, key industry players, investors and representatives from leading global food and agriculture innovation hubs to discuss food and AgTech challenges and solutions in an innovative and interactive forum. Learn more and register.
This is just a sampling of our events. See more events in our calendar .
Spotlight on Practical Resources
California Master Beekeeper Program
The California Master Beekeeper Program (CAMBP) was established in 2016 in response to the ever-increasing numbers of beekeepers in California. The program uses science-based information to educate stewards and ambassadors for honey bees and beekeeping. The California Master Beekeeper Program is designed for beekeeping at the urban and homesteader levels, and for small hobbyists who would like to share their knowledge. This California-centric program empowers beekeepers to become a more effective and knowledgeable honey bee ambassador. California Master Beekeepers will be at the forefront of beekeeping innovation, allowing them to support the state’s agricultural needs, other beekeepers, and of course honey bees, for years to come.
Notes From the Field
A Sacramento coalition wants to serve 1 million healthy meals to children this summer
When school's out, many children who live in poverty no longer eat nutritious meals like they do during the school year as part of the free and reduced-cost school lunch program. UC Agriculture and Natural Resources'  Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in Sacramento County has joined a coalition to promote the summer meals program, which is aiming to serve one million healthy meals to children during summer 2018.
Calendar of Events
The UC ANR Calendar lists events hosted by our programs throughout California.

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