June 2019 Volume 3, Number 6
In the Media
The Vantage Point

Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

On June 26, I participated in a panel discussion at the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas about how to develop the workforce and leadership needed for the future of agriculture and farming. 
Agriculture is such a complex industry these days that farmers need to know not only how to successfully grow a crop or raise an animal, but also need to be well-versed in the latest in technology, business, regulations, finance, markets and more.

To help develop a qualified workforce, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ extensive network links campuses and communities across California to disseminate the latest research and offer training. For example, at UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in Placer and Nevada Counties , farmer and rancher workshops cover business and market planning, economic analysis, operational planning and management, labor and regulatory compliance, as well as production and husbandry skills. Over the last five years, 86% of small farms in the Sierra Foothills that participated in business planning workshops reported being profitable and paying themselves a salary; this is in contrast to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture (2017) , which reported that only 43.6% of all farms had positive net cash farm income. 

Jose Luis Aguiar of UCCE in Riverside County says the farmers he sees as leaders are engaged in problem-solving at the local, regional or statewide level and are thinking about labor shortages, precision agriculture, climate change, urbanization and food safety. For example, farmers who export their crops may be affected by trade tariffs. UC ANR’s Agricultural Issues Center helps growers see the impact of policy .
Farmers can also lead by helping to change policy . In Marin County , UCCE’s Agricultural Ombudsman and Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator Vince Trotter told small-scale farmers that they could ask their Board of Supervisors to adopt USDA exemptions that allow on-farm processing of poultry. They asked, and the board voted to allow it.  

Successful leaders often adopt new technology to solve problems. To address the vineyard worker shortage, UC ANR viticulture specialists are reconfiguring vineyards for mechanization and advisors are testing machinery to prune and harvest . To check out the results, about 200 wine grape growers, vineyard consultants and other industry people attended UC Grape Day at Oakville Station Experimental Vineyard to learn about the labor-saving tools. In addition, California’s dairy industry is beginning to integrate robots and sophisticated software into cow barns to maintain its supply of dairy products in the midst of labor shortages; UCCE scientists are poised to help the dairy industry adapt to the new technologies . UC ANR is also training farmers how to use drones for mapping, research and land management

To help farmers adapt to climate change, UC ANR has partnered with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to advance climate-smart agricultur e in California.   And UC Cooperative Extension advisor Surendra Dara researches biological solutions to challenges faced in agricultural production – such as pest control and nutrient management – that can increase agricultural sustainability and minimize the industry's environmental impact.

UC ANR’s youth and community development programs, such as 4-H and its many events, including the 4-H State Leadership Conference , equip the next generation for college and successful careers, and also teach them to be active participants in their communities. Clearly, the future of agricultural leadership is bright in California!

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July 11, 2019
Summer Fruit
UCCE Master Food Preservers - El Dorado County
Bethell-Delfino Agriculture Building
311 Fair Lane
Placerville CA 95667
Summer fruits are nutritious and delicious, but what do you do when your baskets overflow? In this class you will learn about the different preservation methods of summer fruits and the nutrition impact of each. We'll show you how to properly can, freeze and dehydrate so your bounty will last. We'll also share ideas on how to use summer fruit in creative off-season dishes or as gifts. Register for this free class.
July 18 - 21, 2019
California 4-H State Leadership Conference
Planet 4-H: Planting the Seeds of Change
UC Davis Campus
Davis, CA
Join the fun at the annual California 4-H State Leadership Conference and meet youth from across California for leadership training and networking. We welcome all teens 13-19 years old , even those outside of 4-H. Our goal is to inspire and facilitate the ability of youth to create impact in their communities on issues they care about. Improve your personal leadership skills, advance your college and career readiness, and expand your network. If you are not currently enrolled in 4-H, please contact us via   email .
This is just a sampling of our events. See more events in our calendar .
Spotlight on Practical Resources
UC IPM: Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
The University of California Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) celebrates its fortieth anniversary on July 1, 2019. Solve your pest problems with UC's best science! Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. IPM can be used to manage all kinds of pests anywhere – in urban, agricultural and wildland or natural areas. UC IPM helps residents, growers, land managers, community leaders and other professional pest managers prevent and solve pest problems with the least unintended impacts on people and their surroundings. The program draws on the expertise of University of California scientists and works through  UC Cooperative Extension  to deliver information to clients in every California county. Web and printed publications provide a wealth of how-to information about identifying and managing pests, and the program also provides online training courses.
Notes From the Field
Camp Fire Water Resources Monitoring and Research Symposium

The symposium brought together researchers who have been investigating the impacts of the Camp Fire and other urban fires in Northern California. Speakers covered a diversity of research conducted on waterways, gardens, working landscapes and the urban environment following the recent devastating fires. The featured presentations covered research design, preliminary outcomes and future research needs.  

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