January 2018 Volume 2, Number 1
In the Media
The Vantage Point

Glenda Humiston 
Vice President
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

Happy 2018 to all of our colleagues, partners, and friends. We wish you a fruitful year, filled with new opportunities. 

One important place to discover new opportunities is World Ag Expo , February 13-15 in Tulare, California. The world's largest annual agricultural exposition, World Ag Expo is a great place to meet up with colleagues and partners and see what’s new. 

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources will be at World Ag Expo, and we hope you’ll stop by our tent ( Space 37 on I Street, just west of Pavilion A) and visit us. We’ll be demonstrating the work our researchers and extension specialists are doing in three broad areas: New Technologies and Innovations (February 13), Food (February 14), and Pests and Invasive Species (February 15). You’ll be able to engage with UC ANR experts on a wide range of current topics in agriculture, including:

Partnering with UC ANR is another theme of our presence at World Ag Expo. We’re excited to have a few of our industry partners, such as Rubicon Water , Vinduino , and West Hills College in our tent, talking about our collaborations.

Get to know us a little bit better and suggest ways we could partner with you, too. The challenges we face today are often so complex that it takes a multidisciplinary effort to solve them. We look forward to seeing you under the tent at World Ag Expo! Also, please share  Connected  with colleagues who would be interested in receiving it, and encourage them to subscribe .

In other news, several media reports have appeared recently on the topic   of the Huron Consulting Group’s review of UCOP’s organizational structure. At least one of those news outlets – the  Los Angeles Times  – points out Huron recommendations that would impact UC ANR if enacted. According to the Times story,  “UC Press, the system's academic publisher, could move to UCLA, the Study Abroad program to UC Santa Barbara and the Agricultural and Natural Resources division to UC Davis, the review suggested.”

I would like all of UC ANR’s colleagues, partners and friends to know that the Huron Consulting Group’s recommendations are just that: recommendations. President Napolitano is working closely with UCOP leaders, including myself, on analyzing Huron’s report and formulating recommendations that she will decide to move forward. It remains to be seen how exactly this restructuring will impact UC ANR; however, early discussions have been very positive.

We all know that UC ANR is a unique part of the university, because we are located in every county of the state and bring the resources of UC directly to local communities. For more than 100 years, UC ANR has conducted research and education programs to improve agricultural practices, enhance natural resources conservation, extend nutrition science, advance the economy and promote youth development. Our advisors and specialists work with the entire UC system, and a wide array of external partners, to solve local and statewide problems with science-based solutions.

Rest assured that I will remain closely engaged in the process, providing the president my thoughts on the optimal way to position UC ANR to most effectively serve California in the future. We have had several meetings already, and I am quite optimistic that this process will serve our UC ANR mission well. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Engage with Us!
Rice Technical Working Group Conference
February 19-22, 2018
Westin Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
The Rice Technical Working Group meets at least biennially to provide for continuous exchange of information, cooperative planning and periodic review of all phases of rice research and extension being carried on by the states, federal government and cooperating agencies. It develops proposals for future work, which are suggested to the participating agencies for implementation.  Learn more and register .
Principles of Fruit and Nut Tree Growth, Cropping and Management
February 19 - March 1, 2018
UC Davis
Davis, CA
Understanding the fundamentals of tree biology is essential to making sound orchard management and business decisions in the tree fruit and nut industry. Over nine full days of instruction, this course incorporates lecture, lab exercises and field demonstrations.
This is just a sampling of our events. See more events in our calendar .
Spotlight on Practical Resources
The University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC) provides independent and objective research-based information on a range of critical, emerging agricultural issues and their significance for the economy. AIC studies topics such as food and agricultural commodity markets , the value of agricultural research and development, farm costs and returns , consequences of food and agricultural policy, and rural resources and the environment, among others. The issues are often global, but AIC emphasizes implications for agriculture and natural resources in California.
Notes From the Field
Humiston updates Regents on UC ANR's community outreach and impacts
UC ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston, 4-H member Melina Granados of Riverside County and UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland gave the UC Regents Public Engagement & Development Committee a presentation about UC ANR’s extensive community outreach and impacts and provided helpful background material . The meeting was held on January 24, 2018 at the UCSF–Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.
Calendar of Events
The UC ANR Calendar lists events hosted by our programs throughout California.

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