Conference to discuss economics of ag pests and diseases
“Pests, Germs and Seeds: The Economics of Policies, Programs and Technologies for Managing Agricultural Pests and Diseases” is the subject of a conference that will be held on March 28 and 29 at UC Davis.
Pests and diseases of plants and animals impose major costs on the agricultural economy by reducing crop and livestock production, increasing food prices paid by consumers, or undermining export potential, and they can undermine resource values. Government and industry have adopted a range of policies and programs for mitigating the damage done by pests and diseases and containing the costs. These policies and programs include strategies such as exclusion, surveillance, control, and mitigation programs. Underpinning all such programs is knowledge and technology derived from agricultural R&D. The purpose of this conference is to exchange information and ideas and present results from economic research into the costs and benefits of different policies, programs, and technologies for managing agricultural pests and diseases, including investments in agricultural R&D related to pests and diseases.
Featured speakers include Pam Marrone, CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations, speaking on “Trends and New Market Opportunities in Bio-pesticides” and Alan Olmstead, distinguished research professor at UC Davis, speaking on “Science, Policy and Animal Health in the United States: The Case of Texas Fever.”
For registration and program information, go to http://vinecon.ucdavis.edu/NC1034/default.htm.
This conference is conducted under the Multi-state Research Project NC1034: Impact Analyses and Decision Strategies for Agricultural Research.
In ANR leaders' discussions with Cooperative Extension specialists around the state, it became clear that there was a need for additional travel support to enable specialists to increase their collaborations with CE advisors. In response, ANR has created a pool of funds for CE specialists to apply for to support these collaborations. With the level of funds available, each specialist may apply for up to $2,000 for this fiscal year (funds must be expended by June 30, 2014). Completing a short online survey is the only step in accessing these funds.
To keep the process simple, a brief survey form will be accessible from your ANR Portal. The survey will ask
- Name and title of specialist requesting support
- Project/Program name
- Brief project description (one paragraph)
- Collaborating advisors
While there is no deadline for applications for these travel funds, they must be expended in the current fiscal year. We are pleased that we are able to take this step to assist in meeting an identified need.
Specialists may apply for funds directly at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=11865.
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Have you always wanted to learn about Latin American history? Does your high school senior want to get some calculus or computer science credits before heading off to a UC in the fall? Or maybe you want to hone your writing skills.
Consider a UC Online class. Nine classes will open for registration on March 3, and you and your family members get a 33 percent discount on tuition.
UC Online Education (UCOE - http://uconline.edu), in partnership with systemwide Human Resources – Employee Relations, is offering the discount on UCOE courses for the term beginning April 2014. Faculty, staff and their spouses or domestic partners and tax dependents are eligible for the discount, provided they are not current UC students.
Registration opens March 3 for the following courses:
- Terrorism & War (Science and Society 7V)
- Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences (Science and Society 25V)
- Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric (Writing 39A)
- Diversity, Disagreement & Democracy: Can't We All Just Get Along? (Political Science 115D)
- Introduction to Computer Science for Science, mathematics, and Engineering I (Computer Science 10V)
- Introduction to Latin America (History 75V)
- Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (Math 19A)
- Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (Math 19B)
- Introduction to Fresh Water: Processes and Policy (Environmental Science 65)
Students in UC Online Education classes will not just be watching videos, but instead will be taking advantage of a robust online community, including active discussions where students interact with each other and with instructors on a regular basis. UC instructors teach the classes and students get UC credit.
The UCOE employee discount is a pilot program and is in addition to, and not a substitute for, the current employee-only tuition discount program for staff admitted to the university provided for in regents' policy 7502.
Participation by represented employees is subject to collective bargaining. Please check with your representative to ensure your eligibility prior to beginning the registration process.
Registration closes March 30, but spaces in some classes are limited so don't wait until the deadline to register.
Classes begin March 31.
The National eXtension Conference and the National Extension Directors and Administrators will meet March 24-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. This will be the first time these two meetings are joined and is intended to enhance Cooperative Extension professional development, networking and interaction.
These national eXtension conferences provide face-to-face and virtual professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals on working differently, technology use and adaptation, and content development for new audiences and new technologies.
Registration for eXtension participants is $350 until March 7.
To register or to find more information about the conferences, visit http://muconf.missouri.edu/NeXC-NEDA2014.
Scientists from 25 countries will gather on the Monterey Peninsula to discuss “Plants and the Changing Environment” in June. The 9th Air Pollution and Global Change Symposium will be held June 8-12 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove.
The goal of the series is to consider interactions of air pollution and global change and their impacts on vegetation.
“The symposium is unique in dealing with effects at all levels from molecular and cellular mechanisms, whole plant and crop impacts, all the way up to models of ecosystem and regional impacts,” said David A. Grantz, UC Cooperative Extension specialist based in the Department of Botany & Plant Sciences at UC Riverside.
The symposia are held every few years in different countries, the last in Groningen, The Netherlands in 2011. The event in California is being organized by Grantz and Kent O. Burkey, USDA/ARS Plant Physiologist and North Carolina State University Professor of Crop Science and Botany in Raleigh.
UC scientists and students engaged in research on the interactions of plant function, metabolism and communities with environmental pollution and global change are encouraged to attend.
“This is an important opportunity for U.S. scientists because the last time this symposium was held in the U.S. was in 1992,” said Grantz. “This is a great chance to catch up on the physiological ecology and modeling efforts underway in Europe and Asia.”
The confirmed keynote speakers include
- Dennis Baldocchi, University of California, Berkeley, USA
- Lisa Emberson, Stockholm Environment Institute and University of York, U.K.
- Lisa Ainsworth, USDA/ARS and University of Illinois, USA
- Koike Takayoshi, Hokkaido University, Japan
- Harry Harmens, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Environment Centre Wales, U.K.
- Allen Lefohn, ASL and Associates, USA
- Atul Jain, University of Illinois, USA
- Rainer Matyssek, Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany
The deadline for abstracts, registration and lodging is March 31. The agenda, registration and housing information can be found at WWW.APGC.EU.