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Upcoming UC ANR program team meetings and Strategic Initiatives conference

Several program teams and workgroups will be meeting before the end of the year. See below.

Viticulture Program Team Meeting
Thursday, November 3
J. Lohr Wine Center in Paso Robles
Discussion topics include wine grape production manual, GiESCO meeting and tour in Argentina/Chile, November 4 seminar and potential future seminars in other areas.

Program Contact: Mark Battany

Website and Registration


SNE and EIPD Joint SI Conference

Wednesday, November 16

The Conference Center, UC Davis

The Joint Strategic Initiatives Conference for Sustainable and Natural Ecosystems (SNE) and Endemic & Invasive Pests & Diseases (EIPD)  provides an opportunity for colleagues to learn about the projects, programs, and research efforts happening throughout the Division that are at the intersections of pest management and natural resources. Several work groups will meet and an in-service training will be held in conjunction with this conference. The full agenda is here.

Program Contacts: Cheryl Wilen or John Harper

Website and Registration


Meat Production and Food Safety Program Team Meeting

Wednesday, November 30, through Thursday, December 1

Nugget Hotel and Casino in Sparks, Nevada

Discussion topics include Taurus, livestock economics, water use by cattle on California rangelands, greenhouse gas emission and the livestock industry and more. See the full agenda here.

Program Contact: Theresa Becchetti or James Oltjen

Website and Registration


Vegetable Crops Program Team Meeting

Monday, December 5, through Tuesday, December 6

UC Davis, ARC Ballroom

The Weed Workgroup will also be meeting jointly with the Vegetable Crops PT on December 6, and individually on December 7 at the Lecture Hall, Bowley Center.

Program Contact: Gale Perez or Tim Hartz

Website and Registration


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Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Register for upcoming Strategic Initiative and Program Team events

Registration is open for several upcoming ANR Strategic Initiative and Program Team events. Dates and links to more information are listed below.

Strategic Initiative conferences -

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2017 Strategic Initiative events being planned

The Water and Sustainable Food Systems strategic initiatives are in the process of planning a co-hosted conference in the spring. The Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiative is also planning a conference for the fall. More information will be shared as details are firmed up.

For more information about ANR's Strategic Initiatives, visit


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Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 11:17 AM

President Napolitano requests ANR’s five-year strategic plan by Oct. 31

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with President Napolitano to review accomplishments and goals for ANR. Following a very upbeat and encouraging conversation, the president requested that ANR's leadership complete a more detailed five-year strategic plan. The draft is due at the end of October, with the final document due in December. 

While this is a timely and useful exercise for the division, it comes with a very challenging timeline. The 2025 Strategic Vision will guide our work, and where strategic plans already exist within the statewide programs, strategic initiatives, Research and Extension Centers, budget plans, etc., we will draw from these plans.

Because of the timeline, it is not possible to conduct the extensive input and feedback processes that were used in creating the 2025 Strategic Vision. However, strategic plans, by nature, are dynamic documents. The intent is to position ANR to achieve the goals laid out in the 2025 Strategic Vision and address strengths, weaknesses and gaps in attaining those goals. The draft that is shared with the president will undergo a vetting process with ANR advisory groups and committees.

The primary planning group will be the Senior Leadership Team. However, other individuals have been invited to participate so that both programs and administrative units are well-represented.

We'll share the final document with you when we've delivered it to the president's office. If you have comments or suggestions for this process, please submit them to me using this link

Best regards,

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 10:53 AM

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) and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (Water) will remain priorities for the next five years.

Through the development and implementation of ANR's Strategic Vision 2025, the division has identified these five initiatives as the best opportunities for ANR's considerable infrastructure and talent to seek new resources and new ways of partnering within and outside UC to find solutions for California.

In 2014, ANR conducted an assessment of the Competitive Grants Program to evaluate whether it was effectively addressing priority issues within the initiatives outlined intheir respective plans.  The report concluded that the grants program is reaching the goals of supporting short-term, high-impact projects and contributing policy-relevant outcomes that address significant agricultural, economic, and environmental and social issues in California. The strategic initiatives are also fostering collaboration and leveraging resources through the grants program and other activities. To read the summary of the Competitive Grants Program report, visit

A recent study of policy impacts of the ANR Competitive Grants program by UC Cooperative Extension specialists Clare Gupta and David Campbell found that funded projects are influencing various stages of the policy process:

ANR's Strategic Initiatives leaders include the following:

For more information about ANR's Strategic Initiatives, visit

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 1:39 PM

Strategic Initiative leaders respond to feedback from the Joint SI Conference

The October 5-7, 2015, Joint Strategic Initiative conference had great participation, with 353 people attending. During the January Strategic Initiative (SI) leaders meeting with Bill Frost, we carefully reviewed the conference feedback. The conference evaluation survey had a good response rate (23%). A summary of responses to the closed-ended questions is at Below are some highlighted themes from the open-ended questions, and how we are planning to address them:

  • 75% of respondents liked the Joint SI Conference format compared to having individual SI conferences.
    • In response to this preference, as well as to better facilitate synergies with Workgroups and Program Teams, we plan to have SI-hosted conferences in 2016 - 17. Multiple SIs will co-sponsor, and the conferences will be co-planned with relevant Program Teams or Workgroup leaders.
  • When asked “What did you learn during the conference that you may use in your work?,” the respondents' most common themes were 1) in-service trainings, 2) networking and 3) better understanding ofANR.
    • These aspects will continue to be emphasized in the future SI co-hosted conferences.
  • When asked “What is working well?” with the SIs, the themes explain that the SIs provide value for outward messaging, as well as focus, direction and coordinated effort.
  • To build on existing strengths, we will develop a more formal external communications strategy for the SIs, to include producing an impact piece to illustrate the value of the SIs to ANR, UC and California. In addition, we will be working with ANR's Communication Services and Information Technology to improve the SI webpages and social media presence, and to develop regular communications tools.
  • When asked “What could make theSIs better?,” the themes found that some people are still unclear aboutSIs, including overall function, respective priorities, cross-disciplinary efforts and impact.
    • To help clarify the role and scope of the SIs, we plan to take a more active role in orienting new academics to the SIs. We are considering participation in the new academic program orientation, county director meetings and program team meetings, and to initiate meetings with small groups of new advisors and specialists.
    • To facilitate improved understanding of the SI priorities, we will encourage all advisors and specialists to apply for the ANR Competitive Grants Program at least once, and provide Letter of Intent writing training. This will help ensure that academics are familiar with the SI strategic plans and priorities, given these are the focus of the Request for Proposals (RFP).
    • To better capture and communicate SI impact, we discussed creating a project recognition program, and will work to develop a coordinated evaluation plan. We will meet with county directors, department chairs and campus-based specialists to share information on SIs and hear about successful ANR network collaborations.

We thank all those who provided this valuable feedback about the 2015 conference. We will continue to seek input as we develop and implement strategies to coordinate ANR's considerable infrastructure and talent, focusing on the most critical issues, seeking new resources and new ways of partnering within and outside UC, and communicating our collective impact finding science-based solutions for California.


ANR's Strategic Initiative Leaders

David Doll, Sustainable Food Systems

John Harper, Sustainable Natural Ecosystems

Keith Nathaniel, Healthy Families and Communities

Doug Parker, Water Quality, Quantity, and Security

Cheryl Wilen, Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases

Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 2:09 PM

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