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Bringing University of California research and outreach to foothill agriculturalists.

The Central Sierra foothill region produces a wide variety of agriculture commodities. Farms here are typically small, less than 20 acres, and family farmed.  Fruit and vegetable produce is sold direct to the consumer or winery, and many farms have agritourism operations. Agriculture interfaces with the region's natural resources, primarily forest lands.

Over 50 varieties of wine grapes, a large variety of tree fruit such as apples and peaches, olives for oil, blueberries and Christmas Trees are all grown successfully here.

The University of California offers many researched based publications, websites, events and workshops on agricultural commodities, growing and cultural practices, their pests and diseases to assist you in finding the answers to your issues.

University of California Web Resources

  • California Agriculture: A quarterly peer-reviewed journal reporting research, reviews and news on California’s agricultural, natural and human resources.
  • California Resource Soil Lab 
  • Cost and Return Studies 
  • Fruit and Nut Research & Information: Created to make UC research-based information publicly available to the agricultural growers in our communities.
  • Post Harvest Center: We strive to provide relevant information to California growers, shippers, marketers, carriers, distributors, retailers, processors, and consumers of fresh horticultural crops.
  • The California Backyard Orchard: An organized and user friendly format for accessing UC fact sheets and other UC publications relating to fruits and nuts grown in the backyard.
  • UC Agriculture & Natural Resources Catalog:  Agricultural information from the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. From ants to zucchini, it has answers! Please use Promo Code PRTUM55 if ordering online. This will insure that your funds stay within the UCCE Central Sierra.
  • UC Integrated Pest Management: (IPM) Full of useful information. Pest Management Guidelines for many crops, also Weather Data, Pesticide Safety, Invasive Weeds and Pest Notes. Develops and promotes the use of integrated and ecologically sound pest management programs in California.
  • Vegetable Research & Information: Collects and disseminates information relevant to consumers, growers and processors in the California vegetable industry.
  • Weed Research & Information Center: The Weed Research and Information Center is an interdisciplinary collaboration that fosters research in weed management and facilitates distribution of associated knowledge for the benefit of agriculture and for the preservation of natural resources.