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June 2016

Powers named Associate Vice President

Wendy Powers

Following a national search, Wendy Powers has been named ANR's new associate vice president. Powers, who has been a Michigan State University professor in the departments of Animal Science and Bio systems and Agricultural Engineering since 2006, assumed...

Archivist to preserve the history of UC Cooperative Extension

A professional archivist will begin work in August to document and preserve the history of UC Cooperative Extension. Lisa Vallen, who completed her master's degree in library information science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in spring...

Kallsen, Lampinen receive first two $1 million endowed chairs

Craig Kallsen, left, and Bruce Lampinen

Two accomplished UC Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists have the honor of being the first endowed chairs in UC Cooperative Extension. The UCCE citrus and pistachio crops advisor in Kern County, Craig Kallsen, is the UC Cooperative Extension...

Names in the News

Maggie Reiter

Reiter named environmental horticulture advisor Maggie Reiter joined ANR on May 9 as an area environmental horticulture advisor in Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Kings counties. Prior to joining UCCE, Reiter was a graduate research assistant at the...

Three teams and 14 individuals win ANR STAR awards

CalFresh Central Sierra Program Group Photo

VP Humiston has announced the winners of the 2015-16 UC ANR Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards, which recognize and reward outstanding individual and team performance of Agriculture and Natural Resources staff. STAR awards allow managers...

ANR honors 13 academics with Distinguished Service Awards

Pete Goodell received the leadership award.

VP Humiston has announced the 2015-16 recipients of the ANR Distinguished Service Awards, which are given biennially for outstanding contributions to the teaching, research and public service mission of the Division. Awards were given in five...

Healthy Families and Communities Strategic Initiative Conference Sept. 26-29

Healthy Families and Communities Strategic Initiative Conference set for Sept. 26-29 The 2016 Healthy Families and Communities Strategic Initiative Conference will be held Sept. 26-29 in Davis. At the conference, participants will discuss how our new...

Working at UC ANR a family affair for Bill Frost and Cherie McDougald

From left, Chris Greer, Cherie McDougald, Bill Frost and Tu Tran at the retirement celebration June 16 in Davis.

People who spend a significant portion of their time at work often refer to coworkers as their “work family.” For Bill Frost and Cherie McDougald, ANR is a real family affair. The siblings retired on July 1, with McDougald having logged 36...

Godfather of California olive oil Paul Vossen to retire in June

Paul Vossen, the Godfather of California olive oil.

UC Cooperative Extension horticulture advisor Paul Vossen was dubbed the Godfather of California olive oil by members of the industry for his personal dedication to producing and promoting the state's olive oil as a healthful and flavorful product well...

UCCE San Joaquin County tree crop advisor Joe Grant retires

Joe Grant

If there were a hall of fame for farm advisors, Joe Grant would be nominated by Brent Barton, a fourth-generation grower. Grant, a UC Cooperative Extension advisor who is known for his research on walnuts, cherries, apples, olives and other tree crops,...

Kern County nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor retires

Margaret Johns

The best way to help people out of poverty, is to help them manage money, says UC Cooperative Extension nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor Margaret Johns. The Kern County-based advisor followed that maxim throughout her career to help...

Holly George, first female UCCE livestock advisor, retires

Holly George studied the impact of livestock grazing on water quality in the Upper Feather River.

Many paths lead to the University of California Cooperative Extension, and it was the pursuit of a pig that eventually led Holly George to become the first woman hired as a livestock advisor by UC Cooperative Extension. After a 33-year career as a UC...

Long-time leader of UC outreach in Spanish retires in June

Myriam Grajales-Hall says 'thanks' to the University of California for a rewarding 34-year career.

When Myriam Grajales-Hall discovered her penchant for foreign languages, she set out to find a way to use her talent to make the world a better place, a goal she achieved in her 34-year career with the University of California Agriculture and Natural...

Barrett retires after 24 years

Diane Barrett

Diane M. Barrett, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis, retired on June 30 after 24 years of service to the university. Barrett, who studied the postharvest handling effects on the quality of...

Aquatic Weed School: Sept. 7–8, 2016

Aquatic 2

The Aquatic Weed School will be held Sept. 7–8, 2016, at UC Davis. This intensive course is designed for those involved in consulting, research and management of aquatic weed systems throughout the western United States. Topics include ecological...

2016 Annual Whistleblower Notification

The University of California is committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in the fulfillment of its education, research, public service and patient care mission. The University's Whistleblower Policy provides multiple avenues for...

ANR continues to focus on five strategic initiatives


VP Humiston has announced that ANR will continue to focus on the current strategic initiatives. Sustainable Natural Ecosystems (SNE), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Endemic and Invasive Plants and Diseases (EIPD)...

ANR and State Fair to host 4th Apps for Ag Hackathon July 15-17

Apps for Ag Hackathon image

Do you have an idea for a mobile app that would simplify a task for growers, ranchers or anyone who works in agriculture? Meet others who can turn your idea into something functional. The 4th California Apps for Ag will be held July 15-17. The...

UC Irvine director of technology named next Staff Advisor-Designate to the Regents

Jason Valdry

Jason Valdry, a UC Irvine alum and director of technology, has been selected as the next Staff Advisor-Designate to the Regents and will begin his two-year term on July 1. Valdry will join Staff Advisor LaWana Richmond, a senior business analyst from UC...

In memoriam: Eunice Williamson

Eunice Williamson

Eunice Williamson, UC Cooperative Extension nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor emeritus, died May 15 at age 70. She retired from UC ANR in 2003 after 33 years. Williamson started her career with UCCE in 1970 as a 4-H youth development...


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