In the May 2 issue of AgAlert, strawberry grower Daren Gee attributes the growth in Santa Maria strawberry acreage to UC's introduction of its Albion variety.
"Albion is probably the most consumer-friendly berry that has ever been produced by the university," Gee said. "It not only has that deep red color, but it also has a flavor to match. It ships extremely well, so these are some elements of berries that are very helpful to the consumer--especially when I can actually leave the fruit in the field several days longer to get that sugar level and sweetness up, and still have the ability to ship it to them."
President Dynes met Gee and UC Davis breeder Doug Shaw at the UC strawberry breeding facility in Watsonville on March 23.
The event was part of a national 4-H effort to promote the importance of science education. At the invitation of Richard Mahacek, UC Cooperative Extension 4-H advisor in Stanislaus County, Cardoza and the youth examined the properties of water-absorbing polymers or hydrogels, which can be used for agriculture, erosion control, soil management and environmental clean-ups.
Steve Nation particiapated and took photos.
Introduction to Advocacy Through Education training webinar
The online Introduction to Advocacy Webinars were offered in January and early February. You can watch a recording of the program.
As part of this webinar, Steve Nation, executive director of ANR Governmental & External Relations, explains the objectives of educating policymakers and the public about the ways all Californians benefit from ANR research and extension programs. He talks about the difference between advocacy (through education) and lobbying, and why it is important as public employees that ANR academics and staff avoid lobbying decisionmakers.
Mike Miller and Paula Hamilton lead participants through the six steps to advocacy: relationship building, education, forming partnerships, community mobilization, media advocacy and party politics.