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June 2020

Donors dig deep to give UC ANR $99,000 for Big Dig Day

Ventura 4-H added the luck of the 4-H clover to Happy McGivins for Big Dig Day donations.

BIG congratulations! Together we raised over $99,000 in new support across the state with our second annual Big Dig Day campaign. This is an increase of more than three...

Names in the News

Ashraf El-kereamy

El-kereamy named Lindcove REC director

Ashraf El-kereamy will be the new director of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' Lindcove Research & Extension Center,...

Learning & Development: Identify major donors; fire education; science for skeptics; unwritten rules for Black youth

Students from the Say Yuba Environmental Science (YES) Charter Academy modeled wildfire in oak woodlands at a workshop held before the coronavirus pandemic.

  Upcoming webinars (What's in the pipeline?) Past Webinar Recordings Offering a webinar? Want support to conduct your webinar? Teamwork – An inspirational Video (2:24)  Individual commitment to a group effort or goal,...

UCCE integrated pest management expert retires after 25-year career

Cheryl Wilen

UC Cooperative Extension integrated pest management advisor Cheryl Wilen retired in April after serving UC Agriculture and Natural Resources in a wide variety of leadership and academic capacities during her 25-year career. To help with transitions in...

Mendocino UC Cooperative Extension advisor Glenn McGourty retires

Glenn McGourty

When Glenn McGourty joined UC Cooperative Extension as a plant science advisor in Mendocino County in 1987, he was one of the first farm advisors in the state to have support for organic and sustainable farmers written into his job description. He helped...

San Joaquin County UCCE nutrition educator Anna Martin retires after 26-year career

Anna Martin

Anna Martin, UC Cooperative Extension nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor in San Joaquin County, devoted her career to the health and wellness of youth and adults locally and statewide. She retires July 1 after 26 years serving in various...

UC Cooperative Extension weed science advisor Kurt Hembree retires on July 1

Kurt Hembree

Retiring UC Cooperative Extension weed science advisor Kurt Hembree credits his mentor and predecessor, Bill Fischer, for his successful 26-year career conducting a weed research and extension program for farmers in Fresno County. “He instilled in...

Beth Grafton-Cardwell retires following illustrious 30-year career in citrus entomology

Beth Grafton-Cardwell

UC Cooperative Extension specialist Beth Grafton-Cardwell retires July 1, a hero in the battle against pests that threaten the livelihood of citrus growers in California, and a successful advocate for reducing use of broad spectrum...

UC Cooperative Extension advisor Allan Fulton retires after nearly 32 years

Allan Fulton

Long time UC Cooperative Extension advisor Allan Fulton said his interest in agriculture started young and never waned. He will retire July 1 after nearly 35 years working in the industry. Most of his career was in extension, first in Kings County and...

Strategic Initiative Brief: Virtual consultations, food system resiliency, growing reach

Good videos start with good planning – and good planning involves a good storyboard.

Unify-Communicate-Advocate June - sharing skills  Want to try a virtual consultation?  Save time, get the job done and keep safe by consulting virtually. Here are some notes from Dan Macon on virtual consultations. Please send...

Rhonda Smith “heroine of the vineyards” wraps up career

Rhonda Smith, UC Cooperative Extension viticulture advisor, has served Sonoma County's wine grape industry for nearly 34 years. Photo by Cindy Kron

Rhonda Smith, who has been heralded as the “heroine of the vineyards” for her groundbreaking work in helping combat the parade of problems that have plagued Sonoma County grapevines – and alarmed growers, plans to retire July...

Aguiar completes journey from farm worker to farm advisor

Jose Luis Aguiar

Jose Luis Aguiar, who has been working as a vegetable crops small farm advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County since 1992, will retire on July 1, 2020. "My job is one of the best jobs...

UC Cooperative Extension weed advisor John Roncoroni retires

John Roncoroni examines silver leaf nightshade that he found in a vineyard.

After 38 years of service, John Roncoroni, UC Cooperative Extension advisor specializing in vineyard weed management in Napa County, plans to retire July 1. Over the years, Woodland native Roncoroni has become a trusted resource for weed...

UCCE pear expert Rachel Elkins retires from 33-year career

Rachel Elkins examines a pear rootstock trial in 2007.

Rachel Elkins, UC Cooperative Extension pomology farm advisor for Lake and Mendocino counties, plans to retire from UC July 1 after 36 years, 33 years in her current position. “Rachel has been invaluable to the pear industry in Mendocino and...

In memoriam: Marjorie Hoy

Marjorie Hoy, first woman faculty member of the UC Berkeley Department of Entomology, looks for mites on a plant.

Marjorie Hoy, first woman faculty member of the UC Berkeley Department of Entomology, died on Friday June 19, 2020, in Colorado. She was 79. Details about the cause of her death are still developing, but her passing was unexpected, according to...

Annual whistleblower policy notification

ANR Whistleblower poster

The University of California is committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in the fulfillment of its education, research, public service and patient care mission. The University's Whistleblower Policy provides multiple avenues for...

COVID-19 community resources available in English and Spanish

NPI COVID resources

The Nutrition Policy Institute and the Berkeley Food Institute have developed resources in English and Spanish for UC Cooperative Extension advisors and county directors to provide to community members. A modifiable county template...

Diversity, equity and inclusion resources

UC ANR and the entire UC community are dedicated to helping create the open and equitable society to which we are all entitled. As we stand with the global outcry against the senseless, tragic murders of Black Americans, we are exploring new paths we can...

STAR award winners celebrated

The IT team helped ANR employees get equipment needed to work remotely when the coronavirus pandemic made it inadvisable to work in ANR offices.

The 2019-2020 winners of UC ANR's Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Awards were recognized and celebrated on June 18. The awards reward outstanding individual and team performances by staff. Individual Awards Zeva Cho, 4-H Youth Development...

In memoriam: Travis Bean

Travis Bean

On May 27, 2020, Travis Bean, UC Cooperative Extension specialist and an incredible, amazing and accomplished man passed away suddenly at the age of 43. Travis was born in Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 11, 1977, and raised in Yuma, Ariz. At the University...


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