July 2018 Volume 2, Number 7
In the Media
Capital Press  

California Ag Today 

Siskiyou Daily News 

RCR Wireless 

Western Farm Press 


California Farm Bureau Federation 

The Spoon @ FOOD IT

Pacific Standard 

Western Farm Press 

San Francisco 

Napa Valley Register

New York Times

AgNet West 

Paulick Report 

RCR Wireless News 



Bakersfield Californian 

Los Angeles Times 

Popular Science 

ABC10 Sacramento

California Ag Today 
The Vantage Point

Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

It’s been a whirlwind month since my last column, with quite a few international visitors and collaborations, many events, and good news on the grant front. Here is a brief overview.

Lots more going on. We are still dealing with our budget shortfall, and many offices are affected by the fires. As always, please share Connected with colleagues who would be interested in receiving it and please encourage them to   subscribe .
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UCCE Rice Production Workshop
August 7, 2018
Lundberg Family Farms
5311 Midway
Richvale, CA 95974

Interested in learning how rice is grown in California? The Rice Production Workshop is an in-depth workshop that covers the principles and practices of rice production. Registration includes lunch and a copy of the Rice Production Workshop Manual. Statewide, r ice is grown on approximately 550,000 acres. California is unique among the U.S. rice producing states in its geography, climate and environmental regulations. Because of its dry Mediterranean climate and northern latitude of 38–40°, California varieties and many of the agronomic practices are quite different from other rice production zones in the U.S.  Approved for 2.5 DPR CE hours and 4 CCA hours.
Pitahaya / Dragon Fruit Production Seminar and Festival / Field Day
August 24-25, 2018
San Diego County Farm Bureau
420 South Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
South Coast Research & Extension Center
7601 Irvine Boulevard
Irvine, CA 92618

A pair of events focused on pitahaya, or dragon fruit, teaches production techniques, irrigation strategies, weed management, pest management and marketing. Register early; this event sells out every year! The registration fee includes continental breakfast, refreshments, lunch, pitahaya or dragon fruit & ice cream tasting, and an information packet.
This is just a sampling of our events. See more events in our calendar .
Spotlight on Practical Resources
A Guide to Planning a U-Pick Operation on Your California Farm
A U-Pick operation is a direct marketing channel where customers visit the farm to harvest fruits, vegetables, flowers or trees on their own. Like any marketing channel, a U-Pick has advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, it offers customers fun, memorable experiences that often become seasonal outdoor family traditions. For farmers who spend the majority of their time on their property, bringing in customers can be a nice way to meet neighbors and community and can be an additional sales channel that eases marketing risk. On the other hand, bringing visitors to your fields and orchards opens you up to many risks. This guide examines the U-Pick model, helps you determine whether it’s suitable for your farm and gives examples and suggestions for planning and building your U-Pick operation.
Notes From the Field
UC ANR opened a new conference and laboratory building at its  Intermountain Research and Extension Center (IREC)  July 26, bringing to the region a state-of-the-art facility for business meetings, job fairs, trainings, conferences and community events."The facility is the first in the Tulelake area to offer modern audio-visual infrastructure and high-speed internet connectivity capable of supporting remote presentations with groups from around the world," said  Rob Wilson , IREC director.
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Calendar of Events
The UC ANR Calendar lists events hosted by our programs throughout California.

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