Conference Objectives for Strategic Initiatives
Protecting California's agriculture from endemic and invasive pests is essential for the safety of our food supply. Therefore, UC ANR supports research and outreach focused on exclusion of pests and pathogens from California crops and food animals. As an example of this approach, UC ANR is supporting a project designed to identify and assess the factors of risk for Bovine Respiratory Disease (aka bovine pneumonia). This project is designed to ultimately provide information for California dairy farmers on how to prevent, manage and reduce the severity of this endemic disease. Come learn about the science and outreach efforts and successes related to this and other UC ANR projects.
UC ANR has demonstrated a commitment to youth, families and communities by investing significant resources to support the work and efforts of many academics who work with them. The suite of programs that comprise the Healthy Families and Communities Initiative - 4-H Youth Development and Nutrition and Community Development - will be showcased for staff, stakeholders and collaborators to experience. Come to hear and learn about the work to reduce childhood obesity, reverse high school drop-out rates and improve youth scientific literacy experiences.
Developing resilient food and fiber systems will be critical to the future of California Agriculture. These systems must adapt to the changing climate, resource availability, labor resources, regulatory environment, and population centers. UC ANR has played a distinctive role in facilitating this change through on-site research and transferring information to stakeholders across all regions in California. Projects highlighted will provide insight on how this collaborative on-site research can be transformed into opportunity while increasing the sustainability of California's agricultural industry.
California's vast natural ecosystems provide beautiful landscapes, renewable natural resources, and habitat for wildlife. These in turn contribute to the economy and well-being of California's citizens. UC ANR is working with land owners, managers and agencies to ensure these ecosystems are sustainable. Come learn about UC ANR's successes.
California is in the fourth year of a record drought. Learn about just a few of the things that UC ANR is doing to assist California. From groundwater banking to irrigation management, UC ANR is creating tools to help farmers, home-owners, water districts and others respond to the drought.
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