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June 2018

Budget update: State funding unchanged for ANR in 2018-19

On June 22, Governor Jerry Brown signed the state budget for fiscal year 2018-19, which contains a new line item for UC ANR within the UCOP budget. UC ANR will have the same amount of funding from the state for the upcoming year as we had this year....

Names in the News

Anthony Fulford

Fulford joins UCCE as soil quality advisor Anthony Fulford joined UCCE on June 18 as an area nutrient management/soil quality advisor in Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties. Prior to joining UCCE, he studied on soil health testing and nutrient...

Advisory committee examines UC ANR structure, funding

As part of the University of California Office of the President restructuring effort, President Napolitano appointed an advisory committee to determine a set of recommendations regarding UC ANR. The committee has been asked to explore structural, funding...

Blake Sanden, UCCE irrigation, soils and agronomy advisor in Kern County, retires after 26 years

Blake Sanden developed salt tolerance thresholds for high-production California pistachios in the San Joaquin Valley.

For 26 years, Blake Sanden has been the irrigation, soils and agronomy farm advisor with UC Cooperative Extension at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. Sanden retired from UCCE Kern County on July 1. He helped growers with on-farm soil...

Steve Tjosvold, UCCE environmental horticulture advisor, retires after 38 years

Steven Tjosvold.

Steve Tjosvold joined UC Cooperative Extension as a farm advisor intern from 1980 to 1983, working in Alameda, Orange and San Bernardino counties. The internship allowed recent college graduates the opportunity to get experience working with a UCCE...

Oklahoma added to state travel ban

Effective June 22, 2018, California prohibits state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Oklahoma as a result of discriminatory legislation Oklahoma signed into law on May 11, 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced.  Oklahoma...

Kim Rodrigues, Hopland REC director, retires after 27 years

Kim Rodrigues

Kim Rodrigues, Hopland Research & Extension Center (HREC) director, retired at the end of June, after a 27-year career with UC ANR. Initially hired as a UC Cooperative Extension forest advisor in 1991 in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, she...

Grant writing workshops set for September

Two grant writing workshops will be offered by UC ANR in September. The Grant Essentials Summit, a one-day grant writing and extramural funding-focused professional development event, will be held Sept. 13, 2018, in San Diego and Sept. 27, 2018, in...

Mark Gaskell,UCCE small farms advisor, retires after 23 years

Mark Gaskell checks young coffee plants, wrapped to protect them from cold and wind, that pop singer Jason Mraz has interplanted with avocado trees in San Diego County.

  Mark Gaskell is best known these days for cultivating the idea of California-grown coffee that launched the emerging industry. But coffee isn't the first crop that Gaskell convinced California farmers could be locally grown. For more than 23...

Downing to lead Publishing and Production

Jim Downing

Jim Downing has been chosen to lead Communications Services and Information Technology's publishing group, succeeding Ann Senuta, who retired June 28 as director of Publishing and Production.  Senuta joined UC ANR in 1994 after serving as an...

Gene Miyao, UC Cooperative Extension vegetable crops advisor, retiring after 38 years

Gene Miyao.

Gene Miyao was named the UCCE vegetable crops farm advisor for Yolo County in 1980. In 1990, Solano County was added to his territory and about 10 years later, he also took on responsibility for Sacramento County. Miyao had been exposed to UCCE farm...

UC will no longer deduct agency fees from paychecks of union nonmembers

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on June 27 that union agency fee paycheck deductions for public sector represented employees are unconstitutional. Peter Chester, executive director of UC Systemwide Labor Relations, issued the...

Chinese scientists tour California agriculture with UC ANR

Stephanie Larson, second from right, discussed food access, 4-H youth development, natural resources and wine grapes in Sonoma County with the Chinese academics.

To promote the exchange and sharing of agricultural extension information, several U.S. Land Grant institutions have formed an alliance with 10 Chinese agricultural universities. From June 17 to 22, UC ANR took a group of scientists from Chinese...

Join the July 19 UC ANR staff meeting

As part of an ongoing effort to share information across the whole UC ANR family, we will trial share (using Zoom) the monthly ANR Second Street staff meeting. Employees outside the UC ANR Davis building will be welcome to join via Zoom...

Learning and Development opportunities

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Café Thursday WebANR (every third Thursday!)  Join us on Thursday, July 19, for “Communicating Science, Creating Trust” with UC Davis News Media and Relations Specialist Katherine Kerlin: Acquire an understanding of...

CNR welcomes David Ackerly as new dean

David Ackerly

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ announced the appointment of Professor David Ackerly as the next dean of the College of Natural Resources (CNR). Ackerly joined the faculty of the Department of Integrative Biology from Stanford in 2005, held the...

In memoriam: Albert Paulus

Al Paulus

Albert O. (Al) Paulus, UC Cooperative Extension specialist emeritus, died on May 23. He was 91 years old. Paulus was hired as an assistant Cooperative Extension agronomist in the Department of Plant Pathology (now Microbiology and Plant Pathology)...

In memoriam: George Goldman

George Goldman

George Edward Goldman, UC Cooperative Extension economics specialist emeritus, passed away from chronic lymphocytic leukemia at age 83 on June 11, 2018, at his home in Berkeley. After earning a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's...

Q&A: Gilless reflects on CNR

Keith Gilless talks with students in the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program. Photo by Jim Block

After 11 years leading the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, Dean J. Keith Gilless stepped down from his post in June. As dean, Gilless has been dedicated to supporting CNR's diverse research, teaching and outreach activities. He has led...

ANR STAR awards presented to 21 individuals and 11 teams

Butte Cluster Nutrition: Jona Pressman, Shyra Murrey, Sonia Rodriguez, Humiston, Alexandra Faulk, Melissa Vang and Rita Palmer.

[This story was updated July 5 to add Jennifer Henkens, 4-H community educator for UCCE Sacramento County, to the list of 4-H eLearning team members. Her name was inadvertently omitted in the original announcement.] Eleven UC ANR teams...


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