March 2019 Volume 3, Number 3
In the Media
Western Farm Press

Maven’s Notebook

Bakersfield Californian

San Benito County News

Davis Enterprise

Los Angeles Times

Washington Post


Bakersfield Californian


Sierra Sun Times

California Ag Today

Mercury News


Sacramento Bee

The Guardian

New York Times 

Civil Eats

California Health Report

The Atlantic

California Ag Today

San Francisco Chronicle

Capital Press

Today Show

AgNet West

23ABCNews Bakersfield
The Vantage Point

Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

Ag Day is an annual celebration, hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) in partnership with California Women for Agriculture and the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom , that recognizes California’s agricultural community by showcasing the bounty of crops and commodities produced in our state. UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) was pleased to participate in Ag Day on March 20 in Sacramento. We displayed citrus and avocado varieties and highlighted research conducted at our Lindcove Research and Extension Center and South Coast Research and Extension Center ; our 4-H Youth Development Program members showed off their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects, including animal science projects; and our Informatics and GIS Program staff and Cooperative Extension advisors discussed using drone technology for ag research. It was a great day at the Capitol.

Following that, on March 26, we held our first-ever UC ANR Day at the Capitol, where we met with legislators and discussed how UC ANR brings the power of UC research to bear across the state in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, nutrition and youth development. Among the topics we discussed were teaching forest and rangeland management as a tool for fire prevention; helping the community care for livestock during the Camp Fire; partnering with schools to supplement science and nutrition education; teaching at-risk urban kids nutrition and life skills; and bringing science to environmental regulations compliance for famers. Our conversations also included discussion of water issues, as well as carbon sequestration as a way to mitigate global warming.

Tim Hearden of Western Farm Press recently wrote an article about UC ANR’s work in agriculture in California . Here is a quote from that article: “It’s not an overstatement…that the vast network of UC Cooperative Extension offices and research facilities has enabled agriculture in the Golden State to survive amid daunting challenges.” He went on to say, “I probably could have written 6 months’ worth of columns on things UC ANR’s researchers, specialists and advisors are doing to maintain California as one of the world’s most well-known and elite agricultural regions.” Thank you, Tim, for your terrific appreciation! It’s gratifying to be recognized for our work.

One such example of applying UC research to solutions: Assembly member Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) introduced the “Ag Adaptation Tools” Bill (Assembly Bill 409) to develop the tools farmers need to adapt to extreme weather and a changing climate. AB 409 would establish a competitive grant program to fund Resource Conservation Districts, UC Cooperative Extension and agricultural nonprofits to develop science-based, farm-level agricultural adaptation planning tools and then pilot the tools with local farmers, ranchers, technical assistance providers and ag organizations. The bill would also fund trainings for technical assistance providers and agricultural organizations. One of UC ANR’s scientists, Dr. Tapan Pathak , provided expert testimony at the bill’s hearing on the need to translate ag adaptation research into practical tools for farmers and ranchers.

Our 4-H Youth Development Program also received praise in the press recently. The joyful reunion of two 4-H children with their parents after spending two nights lost in the Humboldt County wilderness raised awareness about the benefits of being involved in 4-H. The two sisters used skills they learned in their 4-H program to survive. “I knew they were way more likely than the average child to survive because of the training they got from 4-H,” said their mother. The sisters’ 4-H teacher, Justin Lehnert, received an award from Humboldt County 4-H and was also flown to Washington, D.C., where he was honored for his work by the national 4-H council. 

If you shop on Amazon you can make your shopping benefit 4-H programming such as the survival training program in Humboldt. Just start each shopping session at the URL .  Log in to your Amazon account as usual and then search for and select “California 4-H Foundation.” Bookmark the page and every time you shop, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the California 4-H Foundation. If you have questions or need help getting set up, you can contact Tammie Erhard at (530) 750-1301 or .

In other news, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) celebrates   its 50th anniversary in 2019 . EFNEP helps limited-resource families gain the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to choose nutritionally sound diets and improve their well-being. In California, EFNEP is delivered by UC ANR through UC Cooperative Extension offices in 24 counties. We were happy to see that USDA ' s National Institute of Food and Agriculture presented awards to two California women for their roles in EFNEP at the National EFNEP Coordinators Conference in Virginia in March. Johana Zacarias, EFNEP participant in Yolo County, was recognized for her personal effort in preventing chronic disease and using her success to promote EFNEP in her rural community. Leah Sourbeer, UC Cooperative Extension EFNEP Supervisor, was honored for her leadership and for fostering a positive work environment.

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Engage with Us!
April 25 - 28, 2019
Sudden Oak Death Blitz (SOD Blitz) 2019
Various locations
Sonoma County, CA
Join this annual citizen science project to help determine the health of our local oaks. Participants will attend a one-hour training, collect samples independently, and return samples during daylight hours to a collection box at the training location by Sunday, April 28, at 5 pm. The meeting will provide all of the information and supplies you need to participate in this citizen science project. Learn more and register .
April 27, 2019
Post-Fire Food Safety Workshop
Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm
7450 Steve Olson Lane
Forestville, CA 95436
UCCE Sonoma sponsors this free workshop on how wildfire impacts the health and safety of locally grown produce and backyard chicken eggs. Hear from UC ANR researchers about two timely studies investigating produce safety after the Sonoma Complex Fire in October 2017 and the safety of backyard chicken eggs from fire-affected counties across California. Learn more & register .
This is just a sampling of our events. See more events in our calendar .
Spotlight on Practical Resources
The University of California Master Gardener Program
Since 1981, the University of California Master Gardener Program has been extending UC research-based information about home horticulture and pest management to the public. The UC Master Gardener Program is a public service and outreach program under the  University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources , administered locally by participating UC Cooperative Extension county offices. The UC Master Gardener Program is an example of an effective partnership between the University of California and passionate volunteers. In exchange for training from the University, UC Master Gardeners offer volunteer services and outreach to the general public in more than 50 California counties. Last year 6,116 active UC Master Gardener volunteers donated 398,265 hours, and 5.4+ million hours have been donated since the program's inception. Visit recommended resources on home gardening, pest management and more, and find your local program .
Notes From the Field
For 50 years, UC Cooperative Extension EFNEP educators have taught Californians in their communities, at community centers, schools, Head Start preschools, churches and, sometimes, in their own homes, how to lead a healthy life. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is an essential resource in the fight against poverty, malnutrition and obesity.

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Calendar of Events
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