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Travel funds again available for CE specialists to collaborate with CE advisors

ANR will be making additional travel support available for UCCE specialists to collaborate with UCCE advisors in FY 2014/15. With the level of funds available, each specialist may apply for up to $2,000 for FY 2014/15 (funds must be expended by June 30, 2015).  These travel funds must be utilized by the UCCE specialists only and cannot be used for out-of-state travel.

Completing a short online survey is the only step in accessing these funds.

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

Bill Frost
Associate vice president

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Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

University of California initiative to address global food needs

UCOP released the following announcement about the UC Global Food Initiative today. UC ANR is a key player in this UC systemwide effort. The direct link to ANR's fact sheet is

University of California initiative to address global food needs

President Janet Napolitano today (July 1) announced a major University of California initiative intended to marshal resources across the UC system to address global challenges related to food.

The UC Global Food Initiative grows out of a commitment by Napolitano and the 10 UC campus chancellors to work collectively to intensify and expand the efforts of the world's premier public research university to support healthy eating, sustainable agriculture and food security.

Napolitano noted that by the year 2025, the world's population will grow by another billion people. Already, she said, 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night, while another half billion suffer from obesity.

“Our goal is far-reaching,” Napolitano said. “It is to do all we can to help the world learn to feed itself in ways that are healthy and sustainable in the use of resources.

“Our starting blocks for this initiative are our 10 campuses, our Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,” she said. “That power of 10-plus makes UC well poised to take on this challenge on a scale not possible by any other higher education entity in the world.”

The initiative's reach, Napolitano said, will be both external and internal – on campuses, among faculty and students, in research labs and in communities through UC outreach. It will build on efforts already under way. It will identify best practices and share them widely within UC, California, and, ultimately, the nation and the world.

The Global Food Initiative will expand on UC's tradition of innovative agricultural, health and environmental research by further incorporating other disciplines such as law, humanities, education and social science to better shape, impact and drive food policy discussions.

The initiative is not limited to seeking any single solution or set of solutions to the many, inter-related food issues confronting the world around food, Napolitano said.

“The idea,” she said, “is to provide the intellectual and technical firepower, as well as the operational examples needed for communities in California and around the world to find pathways to a sustainable food future.”

Emphasizing that student engagement is key, Napolitano announced, as one of her first actions, the funding of three $2,500 President's Global Food Initiative Student Fellowships to be awarded on each campus to undergraduate or graduate students. The fellowships will fund student research projects or internships.

Among other early efforts to be undertaken as part of the initiative are the following:

  • Internally, campuses will heighten their collective purchasing power and dining practices to encourage sustainable farming practices, and model healthy eating and zero food waste; food pantries and farmers markets that exist on some campuses will be spread to all 10. Partnerships with K-12 school districts to enhance leveraging procurement for these purposes also will be explored.
  • Food issues will be integrated into more undergraduate and graduate courses, catalogues of food-related courses will be developed, and demonstration gardens will be made available on each campus to increase opportunities for students to participate in experiential learning.
  • Data mining of existing information will be deployed to help develop insights and action plans for California agriculture and responses to climate change.
  • New policies will be enacted to allow small growers to serve as suppliers for UC campuses.

In describing the building blocks for the initiative, Napolitano noted that the university's agricultural outreach and public service programs – in every California county and more than 100 nations – bring UC resources to individuals and communities to help them access safe, affordable and nutritious food while sustaining scarce natural resources.

UC has long been active in addressing issues related to food. For example, UC research taught Californians how to remove salts from the alkali soils in vast stretches of the Central Valley, transforming barren landscape into one of the world's most productive farming regions.

Similar work continues across the UC system. To cite but a few examples, the Berkeley Food Institute is studying the relationship between pest control, conservation and food safety on Central Coast farms; students and faculty at UC Santa Cruz are transforming the field of agroecology; the World Food Center at UC Davis stands with 26 other centers dedicated to food and agriculture on that campus; the cutting-edge Healthy Campus initiative at UCLA taps all members of the campus community.

Napolitano announced the UC Global Food Initiative at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley this morning, joined by members of the university's Food Initiative Working Group, including Alice Waters, founder of the Edible Schoolyard program and Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café; UC Santa Cruz Professor Daniel Press, executive director of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at that campus; and Ann Thrupp, executive director of the Berkeley Food Institute at UC Berkeley.

Related links

UC Global Food Initiative

UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Edible Schoolyard


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Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Wilen named new EIPD Strategic Initiative leader

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce Cheryl Wilen has agreed to lead the Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD) Strategic Initiative, effective today (July 1). In this role, Cheryl will provide direction for the initiative, including shepherding the ANR Competitive Grants process, planning and conducting strategic initiative conferences, and identifying and initiating EIPD efforts such as development of policy briefs and other special projects. As the EIPD initiative leader, Cheryl will also serve on the ANR Program Council.

As she has since 1995, Cheryl will continue as the area integrated pest management advisor for Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. She conducts applied research and extends information working with growers and pest control advisors in the turf, ornamental, and nursery industries, and serves as the IPM advisor coordinator to help develop successful IPM programs. In addition, until mid-September, she is serving as acting director for the UC Statewide IPM Program while Director Kassim Al-Khatib is on sabbatical leave. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in botany from UC Riverside and M.S. and B.S. in horticulture, from the University of Arizona and University of Maryland, respectively.

She succeeds Beth Grafton-Cardwell, who we thank for three years of steadfast leadership. As chair of the EIPD panel of experts, Beth worked to develop the EIPD strategic plan that focuses cutting-edge research and extension in three priority issue areas: exclusion of pests and pathogens, emerging problems with pests and diseases and integrated management.

For more information about the EIPD strategic initiative, visit

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President

Bill Frost
Associate Vice President


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Kim Rodrigues to serve as Hopland REC interim director

The REC System is preparing to say goodbye to Robert Timm, director of Hopland REC, on June 30 as he retires from UC ANR. We also say "hello" to Kim Rodrigues as the interim director for Hopland REC. Kim, who is currently executive director for Academic Personnel, will serve as interim REC director from July 7 to September 8, 2014. The combination of her experience as a former UC Cooperative Extension county director and regional director and her expertise in natural resources make Kim a great fit for the interim role at Hopland REC. 

Bob Timm spent 27 years of his career providing leadership, direction and operational management of Hopland REC, a REC composed of 5,358 acres of land and 74,100 square feet of buildings, to provide UC researchers and educators with managed and sustainable resources to conduct quality research and extension programs on high-priority statewide and regional issues. We wish Bob well in his retirement.

Lisa Fischer
Associate Director, Research and Extension Center System


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Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Chris Greer named ANR vice provost

I am pleased to announce that after a nationwide search we have selected Christopher Greer, Ph.D., to serve as the vice provost of UC Cooperative Extension effective July 1. Chris is currently UC Cooperative Extension director in Colusa, Sutter, Yuba and Glenn counties.   

Since 2002, he has served as UCCE area rice advisor, first in Colusa, Glenn and Yolo counties, and most recently in Sutter, Yuba, Sacramento and Placer counties. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in plant pathology from UC Davis and B.S. in bioenvironmental sciences from Texas A&M University. 

As those of you who viewed the presentations know, he was chosen from an excellent pool of experienced and highly qualified candidates. Chris, who combines broad programmatic knowledge with his great managerial and communication skills, stood out as the best choice for this position. He has broad experience within ANR, serving as president of the Academic Assembly Council, as well as a member of the ANR Peer Review Committee, UC FSNEP/CalFresh Advisory Committee and the County Director Council, among many other roles. His breadth of programmatic and administrative knowledge provide him with the tools needed for this important job.

In his new role as vice provost, Chris will be responsible for guiding all county based academic programs. He will coordinate programs and priorities with those of the Agricultural Experiment Station counterpart units and ensure ANR programs align with UC ANR's strategic vision and are relevant to the people of California. As a senior leader he will serve as the statewide administrative leader for county-based Cooperative Extension programs. The directors of county-based UCCE programs will report to this position, as will the executive director of the ANR Academic Personnel Unit. As vice provost, Chris will serve on the ANR Program Council and report directly to the associate vice president.

He will be based at the ANR Building in Davis, but will be traveling frequently to meet with colleagues throughout the state. I welcome Chris to ANR's leadership team.

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President


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Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM

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