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Comments invited for UC travel regulations

The University of California invites employee comments on a proposed revision to Presidential Policy Business and Finance Bulletin G-28: Travel Regulations.  The proposed policy revision includes the following key issues: 

  • Incorporate Internal Audit Recommendation to include requirement for documentation to support business or first class travel.
  • Incorporate Internal Audit Recommendation to include the need to document the business purpose of each day of travel.
  • Addition of a new section within policy that addresses sustainable travel recommendations.
  • Gender-neutral language

The proposed policy is posted at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Administration/Business_Operations/Controller/Administrative_Policies_-_Business_Contracts/Policy_and_administrative_handbooks/ANR_Administrative_Handbook/Recent_Updates.

If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Robin Sanchez at rgsanchez@ucanr.edu, no later than May 16, 2020. Please indicate “G-28 Travel Regulations” in the subject line.

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 1:03 PM
  • Author: Rachel Lloyd
Tags: policy (64), travel (9)

NPI study identifies efforts to address both food and housing insecurity in California

Californians are struggling to afford adequate housing and food, yet little is known about the intersection of individuals and families experiencing both housing and food insecurity. The Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI)'s 2018/2019 University of California (UC) Global Food Initiative fellow, Melanie Colvin, MPH, identified efforts to address both housing and food insecurity in California.

Her findings are detailed in the report, “Addressing food insecurity for families and individuals in California experiencing housing insecurity,” which provides definitions and prevalence rates for food insecurity and housing insecurity. In the report, Colvin summarizes assessment tools available for researches to measure food insecurity and housing insecurity. The report includes case studies of eight California organizations working to improve access to basic needs services for adults and families who struggle to afford the high cost of living in California.

With input from Danielle Lee, NPI policy analyst; Lorrene Ritchie, NPI director and Cooperative Extension specialist; Ken Hecht, NPI director of policy; Rachel Surls, UCCE sustainable food systems advisor in Los Angeles; and Tia Shimada, California Food Policy Advocates director of programs; Colvin provides policy, programs and research and evaluation recommendations to support improved food security for those experiencing housing insecurity.

The authors also recommend ways UC ANR can engage with communities and organizations to improve the delivery of basic needs services for Californians.

Read the full report at https://www.ucop.edu/global-food-initiative/_files/gfi-npi-report-final-2020-02-13.pdf.

 

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 1:49 PM

Desert REC calls for proposals

The Desert Research & Extension Center is soliciting proposals for new research and extension projects for the period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. The center provides research projects with skilled farming equipment operators, irrigators, laboratory research facilities, and technical and management support.

Among Desert REC's major contributions to desert agriculture are the development of several crop varieties including Calmar, Imperial and Calicel lettuce; Moapa, UC Cibola, CUF 101 and Sonora alfalfa; UC 157 asparagus; Imperial artichoke; and UC Signal barley. Many current irrigation practices, including sprinkler irrigation and the use of plastic tile for field drainage, resulted from research conducted at the Center. The Center has developed key requirements for the livestock feedlot industry, and, because of its winter climate, it is a major germplasm testing point for various agronomic and vegetable crops.

Crops of importance in the area and at the center are alfalfa, wheat, barley, cotton, melons, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, onions and sugarbeets. In an area where annual rainfall is less than three inches, research stresses the development of optimal irrigation-fertilization strategies that take advantage of desert conditions. The Imperial Valley has an important cattle-feeding industry, and researchers use Desert REC facilities to study beef and sheep feeding practices under low-desert valley conditions, where summertime temperatures can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Projects led by UC academics receive funding directly from UC ANR and Desert REC to reduce the actual cost of research and extension at the center. Proposals from non-UC organizations will be considered if resources (space and labor) are available, but the full cost rate is charged plus the non-university differential (NUD currently is set at 33.7%).

Proposals may be submitted into the REC Manage System via the Desert REC website (http://drec.ucanr.edu/Research/Submitting_a_Proposal/) beginning March 1, 2020, and are due no later than April 10, 2020.

For questions about the research proposal process or research opportunities at Desert REC, contact Jairo Diaz, Desert RED director, at jdiazr@ucanr.edu, or Gilberto Magallon, superintendent, at gmagallon@ucanr.edu.

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 11:07 AM
  • Author: Kat Hicklin
Tags: Desert REC (1), February 2020 (5)

South Coast REC calls for proposals

The South Coast Research & Extension Center is soliciting proposals for new research and extension projects, as well as prompting researchers with continuing projects to submit an updated Land, Labor, and Facilities form and 3-year report, if required, for project year July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Located on 200 acres in Orange County, South Coast REC research and extension projects and programs focus on a variety of agriculture and natural resource topics including: variety development, crop and landscape pest management, irrigation management, plant disease, rootstock development, and alternative weed control methods in managed systems. As reclaimed water is the main irrigation source provided to the center by the local water district, researchers can assist in the development of reclaimed water management strategies, an increasingly important resource for the long-term sustainability of agriculture and urban environments.

The center also continues to welcome the submission of research and extension projects addressing broader topics, such as the impacts of climate change on urban and agricultural ecosystems.

South Coast REC provides research projects with skilled farming equipment operators, irrigators, some limited indoor research facilities (ex. plant sample processing lab), and technical and management support. Projects led by UC academics receive funding directly from UC ANR and South Coast REC to reduce the actual cost of research and extension at the Center. Proposals from non-UC organizations will be considered if resources (space and labor) are available, but the full cost rate is charged plus the non-university differential (NUD currently is set at 33.7%).

Full cost recharge rates and UC ANR funding levels for UC-led research projects for South Coast REC for the 2020-21 year will be published after approval on the South Coast REC website (http://screc.ucanr.edu/Research/) this spring.

Proposals may be submitted into the REC Manage System via the South Coast REC website (http://screc.ucanr.edu/Research/Submitting_a_Proposal/) beginning March 1, 2020, and are due no later than April 15, 2020.

For questions about the research proposal process or research opportunities at South Coast REC, contact Darren Haver, center director, at dlhaver@ucanr.edu, or Chris Martinez, superintendent, at cpmartinez@ucanr.edu.

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 10:37 AM
  • Author: Kat Hicklin

Nominate staff for STAR awards by April 6

Nominations are being accepted for the ANR Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) program for the fiscal year 2019-2020. 

The STAR program is your opportunity to celebrate and reward the great contributions of ANR's people.

The program provides cash awards to eligible staff in recognition of outstanding achievement. Managers may nominate individuals and teams demonstrating exceptional performance, creativity, organizational abilities, work success, and teamwork.  

ANR staff in PSS and MSP titles, as well as members of the Clerical Unit (CX), are eligible to be nominated for cash awards.  Nomination forms and program guidelines are attached.  We've streamlined the nomination form this year to simplify the process. 

STAR Awards will be celebrated during an ANR recognition event at the Second Street building in Davis on June 18, 2020.

Send your nominations to Fiona Wei at fiowei@ucanr.edu by Monday, April 6, 2020.

The purpose of the STAR program is to recognize and reward outstanding staff individual and team performance within UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. Recipients receive cash awards as well as recognition.

Under the STAR plan, managers can recognize, acknowledge and reward staff employees for exceptional performance or significant contributions related to and supportive of individual, departmental, divisional or organizational goals and objectives. Nominations are due Monday, April 6, 2020.

Please find the Nomination Form, Star Award Guidelines & Restrictions and Local Plan on the STAR website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ANRSPU/Supervisor_Resources/Staff_Appreciation_and_Recognition_STAR_Awards/.

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:01 PM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai
Tags: February 2020 (5), STAR awards (8)

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