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October 2018

UC ANR to launch fourth annual #GivingTuesday campaign Nov. 27

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On Nov. 27, ANR is once again participating in #GivingTuesday—a 24-hour global giving challenge—a movement about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving,...

Cybersecurity and UCPath to change the way ANR does business


When ANR joins UCPath in the spring, it will introduce new technology that will ultimately unify and standardize payroll, benefits and human resources systems for all UC employees. As we adopt new technology to modernize ANR business systems, we are...

Names in the News

Michael Jones

Jones named UCCE forestry advisor Michael Jones joined UCCE on Oct. 1, 2018, as the area forestry advisor in Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma counties. He specializes in forest entomology with a focus on forest health and integrated pest management of...

Communication is key to action on California’s new water narrative

California water travels from the high-mountain headwaters of the Sierra Nevada to the vast groundwater basins in the valleys below.

UC scientists, students and water agency professionals took a critical look inwards and a radical look outwards when they gathered in Sacramento in October to reimagine California water. The event was the fourth annual gathering sponsored by UC ANR's...

Tenth Americas Competitiveness Exchange tours N. California technology centers

Glenda Humiston addresses the ACE 10 participants at a dinner Oct. 24 in the plaza at Arte Americas museum in Fresno.

Vice President Glenda Humiston hosted 50 high-level representatives from 24 countries as part of the Tenth Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE 10) on Innovation and Entrepreneurship tour of...

Learning and Development opportunities

Shannon Klisch

Communicating Your Story: Blogging Basics Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 9 a.m.–10 a.m. Presenters: Rose Hayden-Smith and Cynthia Kintigh Join via Zoom: (669) 900-6833 or (646) 558-8656 Webinar ID: 564 553...

UC ANR shows its 4-H spirit, raises over $80,000 for youth

From left, Lorna Krkich, Greg Gibbs, Maria Fernandez, Kelly Scott, Emily Delk, Mary Ciricillo and Scott Brayton stopped by Tractor Supply in Dixon to buy 4-H Paper Clovers.

UC ANR's 4-H Youth Development Program raised $80,619 for California youth from its supporters purchasing paper clovers at Tractor Supply for $1 or more Oct. 3–14, finishing second only to Texas in the 2018 Fall Paper Clover campaign during...

Vice provost Lagrimini visits three Central Valley RECs in October

Lindcove REC director Beth Grafton-Cardwell shows vice provost Mark Lagrimini, left, around a citrus green house. Kurt Schmidt, the principal superintendent of agriculture, center, joined them on the tour.

UC ANR vice provost Mark Lagrimini visited the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, the Lindcove REC and the West Side REC in October as he continues to become familiarized with the diversity of resources in the...

CDFA and UC ANR join forces to advance climate-smart agriculture

Glenda Humiston, left, and CDFA Secretary Karen Ross form ANR-CDFA partnership to help farmers adopt climate-smart agricultural practices. Photo by Evett Kilmartin

Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Vice President Glenda Humiston signed a memorandum of understanding in Sacramento Oct. 26 to initiate a new partnership to advance climate-smart agriculture in...

The Citrus Research Board and UC create a $1 million endowment for citrus research

CRB chairman Dave Dreyer presents a giant check to UC Agriculture and Natural Resources representatives, left to right, LREC director Beth Grafton-Cardwell, associate vice president Tu Tran, UC ANR director of major gifts Greg Gibbs, and UCCE plant pathology specialist Georgios Vidalakis.

The Citrus Research Board and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources have established a $1 million endowment to fund the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at the UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center....

Sign up for the 2018 Maintain Don't Gain Challenge

The Staff Assembly Ambassador for the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Emily Casado, shows the insulated bag that the first 100 registrants to the UC ANR Maintain Don't Gain Challenge will receive.

For the first time, all UC ANR staff are invited to take the UC Maintain Don't Gain Challenge during the holiday season. The challenge, brought to you by the UC ANR Staff Assembly wellness committee, runs from Nov. 19 to Jan. 7. The average...

Livestock and poultry owners asked to take survey on fire impact

Sheep at Hopland Research and Extension Center were moved out of the line of the River Fire.

People raising cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, swine, horses, llamas, alpacas, aquaculture species or other production-oriented animals in California who have experienced at least one wildfire on their property within the last 10 years are being asked...

Free passes to San Diego Food Tank Summit offered to ANR students

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The inaugural San Diego Food Tank Summit will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Tank is extending a special invitation to students associated with UC ANR to attend the Summit for free! Please share this message with your...

ANR members now have remote access to all UC libraries

Remote access to UC Davis Library, shown, and other UC libraries is now available to UC ANR employees.

Did you know that you can borrow books or other material from any UC library via interlibrary loan or document delivery? Books can be mailed to your office, and shorter works can be scanned...

UC to offer voluntary pet insurance

Alfy. Photo by Evett Kilmartin

The unconditional love pets provide their owners is priceless. And if you're one of over 70 million pet owners in the U.S., you know caring for them can be expensive, especially if they are injured or get sick. To help you prepare for the unexpected, UC...

Open Enrollment has begun! Make changes to your benefits now through Nov. 20

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  Open Enrollment has begun! Through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, you can make changes to your benefits or the family members you enroll — just choose your location under "make changes" on the Open Enrollment...

Apply by Nov. 9 to be SI leader for Water or Healthy Families and Communities

Child Drinking Fountain Water

ANR academics are invited to apply for Strategic Initiative leader positions, which play key roles in unifying, communicating and advocating to strengthen UC ANR's research and outreach agenda. Given the ongoing evolving role of...

Marijuana use and possession still prohibited on UC property

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On Jan. 1, 2018, the legal sale of recreational marijuana commenced in California. This followed the passage of Proposition 64 by California voters on Nov. 8, 2016, which legalized its recreational use by people over the age of 21. However, Prop. 64 does...

Two UC graduate students chosen to assist UC ANR Global Food efforts

2018 UC Global Food Initiative fellows Melanie Colvin, left, and Maci Mueller.

Two University of California graduate students have been selected by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources as UC Global Food Initiative (GFI) fellows for 2018-19. Graduate students Melanie Colvin at UC Berkeley and Maci Mueller at UC Davis will work...

In memoriam: James Wolpert

Jim Wolpert

Jim Wolpert, UC Cooperative Extension specialist emeritus in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, died Oct. 14, 2018, in Hermann, Mo. He was 67. Wolpert retired in 2013 after 28 years as a UCCE specialist studying grape rootstocks and...


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