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Published: Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:11:14 PST

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Federal definition of 'rural' prevents California from getting adequate ag research funding

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:51:00 PST

(image) USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue held a town hall at World Ag Expo in Tulare on Feb. 13 to listen to suggestions for the upcoming Farm Bill. VP Glenda Humiston was among those present for the discussion. Todd Fitchette of Western Farm Press wrote: “While trade, labor and regulatory issues may top the list of agricultural policy issues Perdue faces in Washington D.C., Glenda Humiston, Vice President of the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division of the state's...(image)

Monthly news round up: February 2018

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:19:00 PST

(image) Flash bloom: Warm weather has all almond varieties blooming at the same time (Chico Enterprise-Record) Steve Schoonover, Feb. 9 The warm weather we've been enjoying has produced what's called a “flash bloom” in almonds, with all the varieties blooming at once. …The idea is to get what Butte County UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Luke Milliron called “bloom overlap.” …Glenn County Farm Advisor Dani Lightle said the weather has been good for bee...(image)

'Never ending' drought news from UC ANR

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:43:00 PST

(image) Warm and sunny winter days are no cause for celebration among the farmers, ranchers and forest managers who rely on UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' research-based information and expertise to make their work more profitable. Such is the feeling shared by UC Cooperative Extension advisor Dan Macon in his Foothill Agrarian blog. He began worrying more than a month ago about the spate of dry weather in the state. "While I'm a worrier by nature, I think worrying about the weather is natural...(image)

Monthly news round up: January 2018

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:06:00 PST

(image) Woodland as ag hub topic of forum (Woodland Daily Democrat) Jenice Tupolo, Jan. 30 Developing Woodland as an agricultural center is becoming more of a reality, even as local organizations worked together in creating a forum focused on agricultural innovation in Yolo County. ...The city of Woodland, AgStart, UC Agricultural and Natural Resources, and the city's Food Front initiative hosted keynote speaker and vice president of the UC ANR, Glenda Humiston, at the...(image)

UCCE helps farmers increase revenue by creating value-added enterprises

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:21:00 PST

(image) San Joaquin Valley production of moringa, a purported superfood that is typically imported to the United States from the tropics, might open the door for small scale farmers to break into a value-added business, reported Katrina Schwartz of KQED News. Moringa is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India. It's young seed pods, roots and leaves are used as vegetables, says an article on Wikipedia. Ruth Dahlquist-Willard, the...(image)

Ventura ranchers thank UC Cooperative Extension

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:49:00 PST

(image) The Ventura County Cattlemen's Association publicly thanked UC Cooperative Extension and other organizations for their support during the devastating wildfires of late 2017. In the space of 12 hours, the Thomas Fire ripped through vital grazing land that cattle rely on for their daily feed. Some animals were also killed in the fire. In a letter to the Ventura County Star, Beverly Bigger, president of the Ventura County Cattlemen's Association, said UCCE livestock and range advisor Matthew...(image)

No need to pass on the Caesar's salad

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:06:00 PST

(image) At least 58 people have been sickened, and two — one in California and one in Canada — have died because they contracted E. coli O157:H7 in November and December, believed to be related to eating romaine lettuce or other leafy greens. In the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has linked at least 17 reports of illness in 13 states to the outbreak. That has many people passing on Caesar's salad. But UC Cooperative Extension specialist Trevor Suslow said it is...(image)

Monthly news roundup: December 2017

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:47:00 PST

2017 top story: Wet start to 2017 brought end to 5-year drought Bill Hicks, Daily Republic, Dec. 30, 2017 Even though wildfires have dominated the headlines at the end of 2017, the Daily Republic selected the end of the drought as its top story of 2017. The deluge of rainfall was nearly a case of too much of a good thing. “The dose is the poison,” said Gene Miyao, a UC Cooperative Extension advisor for Yolo and Solano counties. “Dose in farming often relates to timing. Rain......(image)

Monthly news roundup: November 2017

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:01:00 PST

The shot hole borer beetle could kill 38 percent of all trees in the L.A. region Akif Eskalen Shannon Lynch, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 30, 2017 The shot hole borer could kill as many as 27 million trees in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties — roughly 38% of all trees in the urban region. Because such an unusually wide variety of tree species are susceptible to this pest-disease, it has spread quickly throughout urban forests, wildlands and avocado groves across......(image)

Monthly news roundup: October 2017

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:38:00 PST

Burning question: Can California prevent the next wildfire? Glen Martin, California Magazine, Oct. 31, 2017 The incentive for city council members and county supervisors is to encourage development and expand tax bases, said UC ANR researcher and UC Berkeley professor Scott Stephens. As a result, homes are often built in wild land “interface” areas with extreme fire risk. “UC Cooperative maintains programs in every California county, so we already have a network of educators......(image)

Monthly news roundup: September 2017

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:00:00 PST

Rice acreage is down, and yield seems to be tooSteven Schoonover, Chico Enterprise, Sept. 30, 2017The Sacramento Valley rice harvest, now underway, is expected to come in about 10 percent lower than normal because of late planting due to the wet spring and extended heat waves. UCCE Colusa County advisor Luis Espino said some farmers may have skipped or rushed some of the steps they normally take in preparing the fields for planting, and that could have consequences at harvest time. UCCE......(image)

Monthly news roundup: August 2017

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:32:00 PST

Grants to fund development of disease resistance in strawberries Mark Anderson, Sacramento Business Journal, Aug. 25, 2017 A team of researchers from UC ANR, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and University of Florida received a $6.3 million from the federal government and the California Strawberry Commission to fund research to improve disease resistance in strawberries. Disease resistance is a looming concern for growers as the fumigant methyl bromide is banned......(image)

4-H and Google team up to teach youth computer science

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:01:00 PST

(image) California is one of 22 states in the nation where a new Google career education program was launched today. The Internet search giant has donated $1.5 million to the National 4‑H Council to build skills youth will need for the future, like computer science, computational thinking, communication and collaboration, reported Christopher Walljasper on AgWeb. The funding lays the foundation to launch the 4‑H Computer Science Career Pathway, which will reach more than 100,000 kids in its first...(image)

Monthly news roundup: July 2017

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:31:00 PST

Can a pay raise fix agriculture industry's labor crisis? Yes and noLisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News, July 30, 2017“As migration drops, it becomes more important to keep the best workers around, so farmers are willing to do that,” said Jeffrey M. Perloff, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Meanwhile, companies that pay premium wages just pull workers from elsewhere, said UC Davis agricultural......(image)

Summer heat is suppressing brown marmorated stink bug

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:43:00 PST

(image) The sweltering summer of 2017 has a silver lining. When the temperature rises above 104, brown marmorated stink bug population growth is significantly slowed, reported Debbie Arrington in the Sacramento Bee. An invasive pest from Asia, brown marmorated stink bugs showed up in midtown Sacramento in 2013. Their spread to commercial crops has been a concern. The stink bugs feed on dozens of California crops, including apples, pears, cherries, peaches, melons, corn, tomatoes, berries and grapes,...(image)

Precipitation and wildfire impacted by climate change

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:16:00 PST

(image) A new study out of UC Riverside projects an increase in rain and snow in California due to climate change, reported Matt Smith on Anthropogenic impacts on climate are expected to produce a chronic El Niño-like weather pattern off the Pacific coast of the U.S., leading to about 12 percent more rain and snow by 2100. The study used a newer computer model and relied on other models that have a better record of simulating precipitation and the effects of an El Niño on the...(image)

South American palm weevil stars in a Hollywood horror film

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:41:00 PST

(image) One of Los Angeles' quintessential icons - palm trees - are being threatened by an invasive pest from overseas - the South American palm weevil. KQED Science produced a clever overview on the life and times of this devastating pest, punctuating it with a surprise ending that features UC Cooperative Extension specialist Mark Hoddle. The story outlines the pest's life cycle, which starts when a female lays its eggs in the crown of a palm. They hatch and larvae eat the plant from the inside out,...(image)

Great Plains' wildfires have tripled since 1985

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:32:00 PST

(image) Wildfires used to be rare in the Great Plains, but that is no longer the case. A new study shows the average number of large fires grew from about 33 per year in 1985 to 117 per year in 2014, reported Chris Mooney in the Washington Post. The study's lead author, Victoria Donovan of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, said the increasing number of wildfires is consistent with climate change and an incursion of more invasive plant species that could be providing fuel. UC Cooperative Extension...(image)

Salmonella infections resulting from backyard chickens

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:48:00 PST

(image) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a surge in human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live backyard poultry, reported Macy Jenkins on CBS Sacramento News. The story included interviews with several chicken owners. One small girl said she loves to cuddle her chickens because "They're so cute." The owner of three specialty chickens said he allows the animals to "sleep inside with me in my bed." Both of those practices run counter to guidelines set by the...(image)

UC Master Gardener program nurturing public seed libraries

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:57:00 PST

(image) Seed libraries are sprouting in California, including a new one in San Bernardino created with the support of UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, reported Suzanne Sproul in the San Bernardino Sun. The story was picked up by the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register. San Bernardino County Regional Seed Library was set up at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair. Here, visitors learn how to obtain seeds for flowers, fruits, vegetables and more. A key...(image)