November 2018 Volume 2, Number 11
In the Media
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New York Times

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Mercury News

Davis Enterprise

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Growing Produce

Lake County News

Roseville Press Tribune
Western Farm Press

Growing Produce
The Vantage Point

Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

First of all, I’d like to express my thanks for the tremendous support everyone showed UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) on #GivingTuesday. We surpassed our goal and raised more than $110,000 for UC Cooperative Extension , our statewide programs and our research centers every part of the UC ANR network. Your support will enable us to better serve communities throughout California. Thank you for being a good neighbor and helping us to better benefit the state!

I have another reason to give thanks this month: I was honored and humbled to receive the 2018 California Steward Leader award by California Forward and the California Stewardship Network at the California Economic Summit in Santa Rosa on November 16. Thanks to all the wonderful partners and colleagues I've had the honor to work with over the years. This award wouldn't have happened without you! At the Summit, it was exciting to see so many leaders, from a diverse array of interests, coming together to enhance rural communities and expand economic opportunities for all. At last year’s Summit we launched the Elevate Rural California initiative , with a goal of addressing three specific areas over the next few years: water infrastructure, high-value wood products (biomass) and broadband.

The California Economic Summit is a great event for networking and fostering partnerships. At UC ANR, we know we must develop new ways to fund our mission, deliver our programs and leverage partnerships. We are actively doing just that, while adapting to change along the way. This includes deploying new business models. We recently held a workshop where we brainstormed 225 ideas to enhance UC ANR funding. Judges deemed three ideas ready to go, three to get polished, and five to incubate. Stay tuned for more information on these exciting new projects. I am confident that by remaining mission-focused UC ANR will grow stronger, more impactful and more relevant to California and beyond. 
After last year’s devastating fires, this year has shown no letup. We had two catastrophic fires affect our state in November - the Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties and the Camp Fire in Butte County. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by these fires. UC ANR is involved in helping the state prevent and recover from the fires in a number of ways:

  • Making peace with fire and turning it into a useful tool, rather than a raging threat, was the objective of an October meeting in Shaver Lake of UC Cooperative Extension forestry and natural resources scientists, Southern California Edison forest managers, CALFIRE officials and U.S. Forest Service representatives.
  • UC Cooperative Extension is working with private landowners to encourage more prescribed burning to reduce fire risk and protect communities and timber.
  • In addition to helping homeowners and landowners throughout the state learn to mitigate the effects of fire and protect their property, UC ANR fire scientists provide a valuable service by making themselves available to the media to share their expertise during these tragedies.
  • Last year, the University of California committed $4 million for UC ANR, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to investigate more about future wildfires in the state. We are using climate, vegetation, and fire observations and models to answer critical questions for California’s future: Under climate change, what will happen to forests? How will fire risk change? How will climate, forest, and fire changes interact with and exacerbate one another — and what can we do to prepare?
  • UC ANR will participate in a December 4 Commonwealth Club event, The New Abnormal: A Town Hall on California’s Fires and the Future, a special free town hall on California's fires and what can be done in the short and long term to prepare for them.

In other news:

  • In a recent retweet and daily bulletin, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) called out the work of UC Cooperative Extension Specialist Louise Ferguson and her partners on a new technology that’s in trial for moving bactericides directly into citrus trees to control HLB (Huanglongbing, or Citrus Greening Disease) and improve tree health and productivity. Ferguson and her partners at UC Davis, University of Florida and Texas A&M University received a $3.4 million grant from NIFA to develop a new automated technology to deliver bactericides into the vascular system of citrus trees through tiny punctures in the tree and branches. We look forward to hearing more about this exciting project.
  • Do you need continuing education to renew your California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) license or certificate? Our Integrated Pest Management team has a slate of online courses for last-minute credits.

As I’ve said before, our overarching goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of all Californians. As you review the many ways that we are working toward that goal, we invite you to collaborate with us. Please let us know if you’d like to get engaged in any of our programs or projects working with a wide array of partners is vital to discovering and delivering the solutions to our collective challenges.

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Engage with Us!
Sonoma County Good Fire Alliance Organizing Mtg.
December 10, 2018
Santa Rosa Central Library
211 E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Become a member of the Sonoma County Good Fire Alliance (GFA) and help create a resilient community. GFA is a group for neighbors, landowners, organizations and interested people who want to use prescribed burning, grazing, home hardening and other vegetation management strategies to restore ecologically resilient and safe communities. Learn about strategic tools for vegetation management, receive hands-on training from local experts and connect with neighbors.
Healthy Soils for Small Coastal Dairies
December 18, 2018
Ocean Breeze Dairy
Valley Ford, CA 94972
Join the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District for this workshop intended for dairy producers and ranchers who are interested in learning more about the  California Department of Food and Agriculture's Healthy Soils Program and   Alternative Manure Management Program . Learn more about agriculture's role in mitigating climate change and the current funding opportunities available. Directions will be provided upon registration . Register.
This is just a sampling of our events. See more events in our calendar .
Spotlight on Practical Resources
California Agricultural Tourism Directory
We believe in getting to know your local farmers. Find out how to visit one in your community by checking out the California Agricultural Tourism Directory. You can even search by county. You'll learn about farm and wine trails, accommodations, entertainment, outdoor recreation, educational experiences, direct agricultural sales and more that are offered by California's farmers and ranchers. If you're a farmer or rancher, you can add your agritourism enterprise to the directory and your events to the calendar .
Notes From the Field
University researchers and organic farmers to build soil as nature intended

A USDA grant will allow a group of California organic farmers to team up 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 aim is to duplicate the soil environment found in natural areas to improve agricultural soil health, increase production, reduce water use and avoid leaching nutrients out of the root zone.
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