- Author: Alison L Kent
The past two months have been spent traveling around the state visiting all the Research and Extension Centers with the exception of Hansen, which I hope to visit soon. I’d like to thank all the Directors, Superintendents and other staff who have made time in their busy schedules to tell me about what goes on in their little corner of California. I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the people I’ve met and their passion for improving our food and stewarding our natural resources.
One of the biggest stories? Water. It's an issue at all of the RECs: water's scarcity, rising salinity, pollutants in runoff and all the ecosystems dependent on water. Many of the research projects at the Centers are focusing on how to address the problems of water availability for agriculture and natural resources exacerbated by urban demand, drought and increasing salinity.
The RECs are an amazing resource for California.