Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Free workshops at World Ag Expo part of UCCE’s centennial celebration

UC Cooperative Extension celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014.
To mark its 100th anniversary, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) will host a free educational speakers’ series and hands-on family-friendly activities at the World Ag Expo, Feb. 11-13, in Tulare.

Nineteen UC academics – including UC Cooperative Extension county advisors, UC Cooperative Extension specialists, and leaders from University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) – will make half-hour presentations on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. over the course of the three-day show. All presentations will be inside a heated tent at space K50, just east of Pavilion B.

UC Cooperative Extension was established by an act of Congress in 1914 to help farmers, homemakers, and youth incorporate the latest university research into their lives. At first geared towards strengthening rural areas, UC Cooperative Extension has become integral to urban and suburban communities as well. A century later, UC Cooperative Extension advisors and researchers live and work in every California county and partner with local communities to solve economic, agricultural, natural resource, youth development and nutrition issues. Throughout 2014, UC Cooperative Extension will host special events to celebrate the organization’s 100 years of science and service. The centennial kicks off with the speakers’ series at the World Ag Expo, the world’s largest agricultural exposition.

“Conducting research and providing practical information to farmers and the general public are the hallmarks of UC Cooperative Extension,” said Marissa Stein, UCCE centennial coordinator. “We will be celebrating our centennial by doing what we do best – extending information that benefits communities and local economies in California.”

The theme for UCCE centennial presentations on opening day, Feb. 11, is “The good, the bad and the ugly: Species in California,” which focuses on species that benefit and imperil agriculture and urban landscapes. Speakers will discuss the use of natural enemies to control pests, insect problems that have been introduced into California from other countries, and the imminent threat of Asian citrus psyllid to the state’s commercial citrus-producing areas. The mystery of honeybee colony collapse disorder and the perennial menace of pocket gophers and squirrels will also be addressed. Bill Frost, associate vice president of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and a rangeland management expert, will speak about introduced species that threaten California’s prized wildlands.

Presentations on the second day of the show, Feb. 12, focus on “Wholesome food for a hungry planet.” Featured speaker Barbara Allen-Diaz, UC vice president for Agriculture and Natural Resources will speak at 11 a.m. about “Building on UC ANR research to help feed the world.” Other topics that day will be emerging diseases affecting landscapes and orchards, tracking pathogens in the fresh produce industry, using World War I gardens as a model for modern food systems, and incorporating a healthy local food into the diet.

The final day of the show, seven UC presenters will address the theme “Sustainable is attainable.” The experts will discuss such critical current topics as nitrate and groundwater management, the potential for producing biofuel from California crops, and the adoption of new conservation systems that will revolutionize row crop production in the San Joaquin Valley. Current research findings on cotton production, weed management and air pollution sources round out the day’s offerings.

Following is the complete UC Cooperative Extension speaker schedule for the 2014 World Ag Expo:

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
Theme: The good, the bad and the ugly: Species in California

10 a.m.   
A call to action: Battling invasive pests in California
David Haviland
UCCE advisor in Kern County

11 a.m.    
Introduced species threaten California’s prized wildlands
Bill Frost, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

12 noon
The looming threat of Asian citrus psyllid and huanglongbing disease in California citrus
Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell, Ph.D.
UCCE specialist in the Department of Entomology, UC Riverside
Director, UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center

1 p.m.
A great mystery of our time: Disappearing honeybees
Shannon Mueller, Ph.D.
UCCE advisor and County Director, Fresno County

2 p.m.
Biological control: When do natural enemies work and when do they fail?
Kent Daane, Ph.D.
UCCE specialist in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley, based at UC Kearney Research and Extension Center

3 p.m.
Beyond Wile E. Coyote: Pocket gopher and ground squirrel control in agriculture and at home
Roger Baldwin, Ph.D.
UCCE specialist in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, UC Davis

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Theme: Wholesome food for a hungry planet

10 a.m.
Landscapes and orchards challenged by emerging diseases
Elizabeth Fichtner, Ph.D.
UCCE advisor in Tulare County

11 a.m.
Building on UC ANR research to help feed the world
Barbara Allen-Diaz, Ph.D.
UC Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources

12 noon
Tracking the source of pathogens for California’s produce industry
Rob Atwill, DVM, Ph.D.
Director, Veterinary Medicine Extension, UC Davis

1 p.m.
World War I gardens as a model for modern food systems
Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D.
UCCE advisor in Ventura County

2 p.m.
Improve your diet with  healthy, protein-rich, low-calorie, inexpensive and locally grown food
Cathi Lamp
UCCE advisor in Tulare County

3 p.m.
Alfalfa: Ice cream in the making
Dan Putnam, Ph.D.
UCCE specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Theme:  Sustainable is attainable

10 a.m.
From nitrate to drought: ANR solutions for California’s water management challenges
Doug Parker, Ph.D.
Director, UC California Institute for Water Resources

10:30 a.m.
Sustaining groundwater resources to feed the world
Thomas Harter, Ph.D.
UCCE specialist in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

11 a.m.
Precise irrigation + cover crops – tillage = A formula for farm sustainability
Jeff Mitchell, Ph.D.
UCCE specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, , based at UC Kearney Research and Extension Center

12 noon
A surprising source of air pollution from dairies: It’s not the cows
Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D.
UCCE specialist in the Department of Animal Science, UC Davis

1 p.m.
Cotton research: Protecting what you wear!
Bob Hutmacher, Ph.D.
UCCE specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Director, UC West Side Research and Extension Center

2 p.m.
Can we produce bioenergy from crops in California?
Steve Kaffka, Ph.D.
UCCE specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

3 p.m.
Weed management strategies – past, current, future
Steve Wright
UCCE advisor in Tulare and Kings counties

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