Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Jim Downing

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Executive Editor, California Agriculture
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2801 Second Street
Davis, CA 95618-7779
(530) 750-1352
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M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2001

M.A., Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley, 2000

B.S., Agricultural Engineering, Cornell University, 1995

Deep Springs College, 1991-1993

I have worked in agriculture and natural resources for more than 20 years as a writer and researcher. From 2010 through 2014, I produced publications for The Nature Conservancy, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the International Finance Corporation, the Water Education Foundation and other organizations. From 2004 to 2010 I covered agriculture, water policy, energy and climate change at the Sacramento Bee and the Seattle Times. In a series of stories in 2008 and 2009 I revealed fraud among firms supplying chemicals to organic farms; the articles prompted industry reforms, a crackdown by federal regulators and a new state law. Before becoming a full-time reporter, I was a consultant to the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program's New Delhi office and the Blue Planet Run Foundation. In the 1990s I conducted ecological research in the Colorado Rockies and the Eastern Sierra region of California, as well as at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy. I have been awarded a Switzer Environmental Leadership Fellowship, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship. 

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