The UC Davis Public Scholarship and Engagement Program has awarded funding to 14 new research projects, including five to faculty in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, that will address diverse issues such as climate change, the welfare of families, and cultivating a new grain crop.
A half dozen people wear orange plastic gloves and keep their distance from each other as they harvest lettuce, kale, beets and other crops at the UC Davis Student Farm. Their bounty will help feed the Davis community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Like everyone else, we’re trying to respond as best we can in these uncertain times,” says Katharina Ullmann, Student Farm director, taking a break from the day’s harvest.
UC Davis experts help farmers, ranchers partake in growing trend
Agritourism is growing in California, along with sales and production of much of the world’s fruits, vegetables and nuts. More and more people are paying to enjoy the bounty and beauty of California’s farms and ranches by touring peach and cherry farms near Fresno, taking classes in beekeeping, attending festivals devoted to strawberries or attending a host of other activities offered by farmers and ranchers throughout the state.
UC Davis field days give industry a taste of new berries and a feel for healthy soil
The latest developments in strawberry breeding and healthy soil took center stage at two recent UC Davis Field Days, one hosted in Prunedale (near Salinas) and one held at UC Davis Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility.
In Prunedale, strawberry farmers, shippers, breeders, propagators, crop advisors and resource conservation groups gathered to get a taste of what’s developing in the UC Davis Public Strawberry Breeding Program. Many said they liked what they tasted and saw.
With a focus on food and agricultural sustainability research and education, the institute includes the Student Farm, the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), and Russell Ranch, home to The Century Experiment.
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Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis
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Davis alumnus receives Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award.
Daniel Mountjoy, director of Resource Stewardship at Sustainable Conservation and a UC Davis alumnus, is this year's recipient of Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award, presented by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.
Annual event to showcase variety of nitrogen research, including how field management affects cycling.
Managing nitrogen on California farms requires a close look from every possible angle. On Thursday, May 21, scientists and growers will provide a panoramic view of the latest developments in nitrogen research and management practices at the annual Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility Field Day at UC Davis.