August 2018 Volume 2, Number 8
In the Media
NBC3 Sacramento 


New York Times  

Water Deeply

Washington Post 

East Bay Express 

The Conversation 

On Point - NPR 

Scientific American 

SF Chronicle 

Morning Ag Clips

Jefferson Public Radio

Western Farm Press


KQED Forum

Pacific Nut Producer

Half Moon Bay Review 

American Vineyard

Napa Valley Register

Santa Maria Sun

Los Angeles

Las Vegas Review-Journal 

The Atlantic

Jewish News

Atlas Obscura

Sacramento Bee 

Christian Science Monitor 

Fresno Bee
The Vantage Point

Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

A recent Associated Press article noted the importance and continuing relevance of Cooperative Extension . I couldn’t agree more! At UC Cooperative Extension , housed under the umbrella of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources , we work with our local communities in California to promote economic prosperity; develop a qualified workforce; safeguard abundant and healthy food; protect natural resources; build climate-resilient communities and ecosystems; promote healthy people and communities; and develop an inclusive and equitable society. And despite funding cutbacks, most Cooperative Extension services are still provided without charge. Here are just a few examples of UCCE’s recent work in California pertaining to the wildfires that have so affected our state:

  • UCCE and UC ANR wildfire experts are stationed around the state and can answer questions on a variety of issues related to the prevention, impacts, aftermath and the science of wildfire in California. In addition, our UCCE Forest Research and Outreach team provides helpful information about wildfire, prescribed fires, and forest stewardship.

  • UCCE Forestry and Natural Resources advisors Susie Kocher and Kate Wilkin were awarded a Cal Fire grant to host more prescribed fire workshops for landowners throughout the northern and central Sierra. They are looking forward to working with residents to reduce the fire hazard on private land.

  • We thank all UCCE staff for their ongoing hard work and dedication! 

In other news:

  • Our Intermountain Research and Extension Center (IREC) celebrated the grand opening of a multipurpose conference and laboratory building on July 26. The facility is available for use by private and public groups for business meetings, job fairs, trainings and conferences. The conference room is named after John Staunton, a local farmer and supporter of IREC whose family donated $25,000 in his memory to the project. Another conference room bears the name of Winema Elevators/Western Milling for its gift of $15,000. Donations to the facility have also been made by Sensient Natural Ingredients, Macy's Flying Service and Basin Fertilizer. We are very grateful for the community’s support of IREC.

  • An important new study from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030, was co-chaired by Susan Wessler of UC Riverside’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist at UC Davis, served on the study team. Other UC academics were involved in reviewing content. The report identifies innovative, emerging scientific advances for making the U.S. food and agricultural system more efficient, resilient and sustainable. It is very gratifying to see in the report a strong recommendation for enhanced support to the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension systems as vitally important infrastructure.

  • A recent USDA grant brings together a group of California organic farmers with researchers from the University of California, Chico State and Fresno State to determine whether tilling less soil on the farm will improve production of vegetable crops. The three-year project, funded with $380,000 from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Innovation Grant program, involves six organic farmers who are already experimenting with cover crops, compost and minimum tillage to grow high-quality organic produce. As part of the project, a farmer network will be developed for information sharing, public extension events will be held, videos will be created and curriculum will be developed to extend the research outcomes.

  • Our research can have impact only if someone applies the knowledge learned from the results to make a change. Therefore, UC ANR is collaborating with UC Berkeley on a survey about what motivates California farmers and ranchers to implement farming practices that improve soil health, as well as what deters them. The results of the research may help enhance how UCCE staff extend knowledge to our clientele.

  • UC ANR is also collaborating with American Farmland Trust on its terrific new California Women for the Land initiative, which seeks to address the obstacles that women landowners face in accessing conservation programs and resources. UC ANR is pleased to be a part of this network to provide research-based information for women landowners.

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Small Ruminant Grazing School
September 14-15, 2018
11477 E Avenue 
Auburn, CA 95603
This two-day, hands-on Small Ruminant Grazing School (also known as the California Sheep and Goat Grazing School ) will provide participants with practical, field-based experience in applying the principles of managed grazing on rangeland, brushland and irrigated pasture.  Register.
Alfalfa and Forage Field Day
September 19, 2018
Kearney Agricultural and Research Extension Center
9240 S Riverbend Avenue
Parlier, CA 93648
The Alfalfa and Forage Field Day includes presentations about all aspects of alfalfa and forage production.   CE credits from DPR and the CCA program are being requested.
This is just a sampling of our events. See more events in our calendar .
Spotlight on Practical Resources
UC Rangelands
The mission of UC Rangelands is to develop and advance science-based knowledge to diverse management and policy stakeholders to promote agricultural and environmental sustainability on California's grazing lands. Rangelands are working landscapes that can support agricultural production, biodiversity, and a broad range of ecosystem services through stewardship and conservation. UC Rangelands hosts a series of online research and extension hubs t hat provide information and tools on science-based solutions for sustainable rangeland management. The website also includes a tool to find a UC Cooperative Extension rangeland professional in your county.
Notes From the Field
California kids get a taste of science and leadership at UC's 4-H summer camps

Canoeing on a mountain lake, telling stories around a campfire, sleeping under the stars — it’s the quintessential summer camp experience — and for thousands of California kids it’s also their first introduction to UC's 4-H program. And just like the popular program that teaches children to raise and care for animals, 4-H summer camp is as much about leadership training and science education as it is about making new friends and getting out in nature.
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Calendar of Events
The UC ANR Calendar lists events hosted by our programs throughout California.

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