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Apply for WEDA Awards of Excellence for outstanding outreach

Applications are being sought for the Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) Awards of Excellence. This award recognizes Cooperative Extension outreach education programming that has achieved outstanding accomplishments, results and impacts in addressing contemporary issues in one or more of the 13 states and four territories in the western region. It is anticipated that recipients of the award will include mature programs with documented impacts.

The WEDA Award of Excellence may be given to a total of three programs that represent the work of an individual or multidisciplinary team within a single or multistate/territory setting. If warranted, at least one of the three awards will be given to a multistate/territory program. 

Applications may be submitted to WEDA only by Extension Directors. In California, Vice President Glenda Humiston will submit the applications.

Anyone in UC ANR may recommend potential awardees by completing and submitting an application package. Self-nominations are appropriate. All UC ANR applications must be submitted to WEDA by Humiston to be accepted for consideration.

Humiston may submit up to two program submissions per year. Therefore, an internal application process will be used. All applications for the internal competition must be submitted to Mark Bell, vice provost of strategic initiatives and statewide programs, at mozbell@ucanr.edu on or before February 20, 2018, using a specific format, see attached.

Previous WEDA Award of Excellence winning programs cannot be resubmitted. Programs nominated for WEDA Awards of Excellence but not selected can be resubmitted for future consideration, including those recognized as Honorable Mention.

Please see the attached guidelines for preparing an application package. For more information, contact Bell directly at (530) 750-1288 or mozbell@ucanr.edu.

Given the strength of UC ANR programs throughout the state, I suspect California will be very competitive again this year. This is a great opportunity to have your efforts recognized!

Wendy Powers
Associate Vice President

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Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:34 AM

Statement from UC Board of Regents Chair George Kieffer and UC President Janet Napolitano on Gov. Brown’s budget plan

UC Board of Regents Chair George Kieffer and UC President Janet Napolitano today (Jan. 10) issued the following statement on Gov. Brown's budget plan:

The University of California is pleased that the governor's budget announced today provides for a funding increase to our core educational budget. This 3 percent increase, however, is less than we anticipated under the framework we established with the governor. That agreement acknowledged the need for ongoing, predictable state funding to maintain UC quality and access while requiring the university to lower its cost structure.

The university will continue to work toward fulfilling its commitments under the framework by spring 2018 and has an ambitious strategy in place to achieve the final component, which is related to transfer student enrollment. 

The governor's budget plan does not include funding for UC enrollment growth. The university is committed to adding an additional 2,000 California undergraduates in fall 2018, including 1,500 that it will fund from its own resources. We have also requested support to add 500 more graduate students, who are critical to the university's research mission and to meeting the state's workforce needs.  The state budget process has just begun and we hope to continue conversations with the governor and the Legislature to ensure expanded access for fall 2018 and to restore the university to the funding envisioned in the framework.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:43 PM
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Efficient U.S. livestock production leaves smaller carbon hoofprint

Dear Colleagues,

The University of California and VOX Media have been producing a video series this past year that explores issues related to global climate change and UC's work to mitigate its effects. Previous episodes have examined food waste, nuclear power, goods movement and more. Episode 8, “The diet that helps fight climate change,” compares the greenhouse gas emissions of livestock and transportation globally, using some statistics that have been questioned by our UCCE scientists.

Data – and the way in which it is presented – matters a great deal. Although the video stresses moderation and doesn't explicitly urge consumers to go vegan, it states that if the world was to reduce its meat consumption, that decision alone could offset the emissions from a billion cars on the road by 2050. For the U.S., however, this contention is misleading, as the impact would be considerably smaller. 

It's true that livestock emit methane and nearly all aspects of agriculture have a carbon footprint; however, U.S. animal agriculture is much more efficient than in other parts of the world. In the U.S., livestock are responsible for 3.8 percent of GHG emissions while transportation accounts for 26.4 percent, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data. In California, 5.4 percent of GHG emissions are attributed to livestock and 37 percent to transportation, according to the California Air Resources Board.

While it is vital that scientists in UC ANR, and elsewhere, assist ranchers to continue diminishing the carbon hoofprint, it is also important to recognize that meat can serve as a high-quality protein source as part of a nutritious diet. The VOX video does note that not all livestock is raised equally, and that rangeland can be used to sequester carbon, but it neglects to mention that grazing cows also provide numerous ecosystem services, such as eating plants that could fuel wildfires and crowd out native wildflowers.

It should also be noted how livestock fit into the larger food system picture. Almost 60 percent of the world's agricultural land is grazing land and is unsuitable for producing crops. Ruminants serve a valuable role in the food system by converting the forages humans cannot consume into a nutrient-dense food.

UC ANR advisors and specialists continuously strive to improve livestock production practices; however, that is only one of many approaches we need to pursue to solve the challenges of climate change. Time, research and money should be invested where they will produce the most benefit for society. Encouraging people to focus on livestock, rather than on much larger sources of GHG emissions, can lead to policies that slow our efforts to develop more effective climate change solutions.

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

 

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Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:57 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment

New leaders named for three strategic initiatives

2018 brings new challenges, new opportunities and new leadership to our UC ANR Strategic Initiatives. Please join us in welcoming four new SI leaders for three of our five initiatives.

The future leaders

The strategic initiative leaders play a key role in unifying, communicating and advocating to promote the science and impact of the work of UC ANR. A key undertaking for the SI leaders in 2018 will be to revisit and evolve the role of the initiatives themselves, identifying how the strategic initiatives can better help us advance the UC ANR agenda of touching the lives of 40 million Californians.

The new SI leaders include

  • Jim Farrar, director of UC Integrated Pest Management Program, for Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD)
  • David Lile, UCCE director in Lassen County, for Sustainable and Natural Ecosystems (SNE)
  • Neil McRoberts, associate professor of plant pathology at UC Davis, and Deanne Meyer, UCCE specialist in animal science at UC Davis, for Sustainable Food Systems (SFS)

Effective Jan. 2, Farrar, Lile, McRoberts and Meyer will succeed the SI leaders who are rotating out.

We thank Cheryl Wilen (EIPD), David Doll (SFS) and John Harper (SNE) for their service as SI leaders. As one colleague put it, we are grateful “for your contributions to the SIs and to the SI process in general. Your professionalism and friendship have made the past few years a pleasure.”

The continuing leaders

We also thank Keith Nathaniel, who leads the Healthy Families and Communities initiative, and Doug Parker, who leads the Water Quality, Quantity and Security initiative, for their ongoing commitment to bring their leadership, experience and wisdom to advance the SIs and the UC ANR agenda.

For any questions about the strategic initiatives, please contact Wendy Powers, associate vice president, at wendy.powers-schilling@ucop.edu, or Mark Bell, vice provost for strategic initiatives and statewide programs, at mozbell@ucanr.edu.

Wendy Powers
Associate Vice President

Mark Bell
Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs

 

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Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 2:48 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Food Pest Management

Krkich named Executive Director of Development Services

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that we will be joined by a new colleague, Lorna Krkich, who has accepted the position of UC ANR Executive Director of Development Services. She will begin the position on Dec. 29.

Lorna brings a wealth of experience in income development, relationship building and strategic planning for future growth and sustainability. She has deep roots in California and is an alumna of UC Santa Cruz.

Working with The Salvation Army, Lorna developed funding opportunities, and trained and managed major gift officers across four states. Her program, in which she achieved well over annual goals and initiated a lapsed-donor process, resulted in 60 percent growth across the territory. During her time with the American Lung Association, she worked with staff and volunteers to build community presence and implement new fundraising initiatives in mid-level and major giving, increasing corporate donations by 900 percent in three years.

We are very excited to have Lorna working with us to grow our UC ANR programs, rebuild our academic footprint and improve our research infrastructure. Please join me in congratulating and supporting Lorna in her new appointment.

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

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Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 2:50 PM

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