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UCOP honors our Land Grant legacy

On July 2, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law, which led to the creation of UC and the other Land Grant universities. To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the occasion, UCOP created a Morrill Act slide show with quotes from VP Barbara Allen-Diaz, UC Cooperative Extension advisor Rose Hayden-Smith and UC Berkeley wildlife and forestry professor Reginald Barrett, whose great-great grandfather, Jonathan Baldwin Turner, was the leader of the movement that launched the Morrill Act. See the story at The direct link is

Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

See historic UCCE photos at Marin County Fair

An exhibit of photographs taken by UC Cooperative Extension's first farm advisor in Marin County will be on display at the Marin County Fair June 30 ­– July 4.

M.B. Boissevain, who became a UCCE advisor in 1920, took approximately 500 photos of Marin agriculture and its people during his 30-year career. Ellie Rilla, UCCE advisor in Marin County, and David Lewis, UCCE director and advisor in Marin County, have written a book about the agricultural history of the county based on Boissevain’s photos and farm reports.

The 126-page book “Marin Agrarian Roots” contains 82 images photographed by Boissevain.

The book will be available for purchase at the fair for $25. It also will be available at Book Passage, Toby’s Feed Barn, Point Reyes Books, Tomales Regional History Center and Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History.

Read more about the exhibit and the book at

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM
Tags: David Lewis (3), Ellie Rilla (1), Marin County (1), photos (1)

Kevin Starr to speak about California agriculture June 11

Historian Kevin Starr will present "Edward Wickson, Progressivism and the Enterprise of California Agriculture” at 4 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the UC Davis Conference Center.

Starr is the author of the Americans and the California Dream series published by Oxford University Press, for which he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. He is a University Professor and professor of history at the University of Southern California.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing to commemorate the release of the fourth book in the Robert Mondavi Institute Historical Agriculture Book Series, “The California Vegetables in Garden and Field” by Edward James Wickson, with the foreword authored by  Starr.

Register for Starr's lecture at
 and register for the reception at Both events are free.

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 3:13 PM
Tags: Kevin Starr (1)

CNR hosts Farm Bill discussion April 5

The US Farm Bill: What’s at Stake?

A panel discussion, “The United States Farm Bill: What’s at Stake?” at the University of California, Berkeley. UC Berkeley, state and national experts will give their own prescriptions for making the bill, coming up for renewal by 2012, as effective and relevant as possible in addressing current food security and agriculture issues.


Michael PollanOmnivore’s Dilemma author, John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism and director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism, UC Berkeley

Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

Ken Cook, President and Co-Founder of the Environmental Working Group

Patricia Crawford, Director of the Atkins Center for Weight and Health and Adjunct Professor, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Gordon Rausser (moderator): Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley


6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 5


Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley (see map for directions). The discussion will be videotaped and posted later here.


This is a free, public event, but tickets are required for admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Free tickets are available at the Wheeler Auditorium Box Office at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. We recommend arriving early as the event is expected to be popular.

DETAILS: Congressional hearings have already begun on the US Farm Bill as its five-year cycle closes in 2012. In light of the approaching renewal and the bill’s significant impact on what Americans eat and how we farm, UC Berkeley faculty and experts from the Environmental Working Group and the California Department of Food and Agriculture will give their perspectives on the broad question of what is at stake in the new bill.

Speakers will address specific issues related to the federal food stamp program, which accounts for at least 75 percent of the total farm bill spending; crop subsidies; support for organic farming and regulation; food safety and security; and more.

The panel discussion is presented by the College of Natural Resources’ Spring 2012 Horace M. Alright Lecture in Conservation.

This discussion will be recorded and available at after the event. 

A link to online event information can be found here.

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 2:54 PM
Tags: Farm Bill (2)

ANR leadership development book club to meet April 2

ANR’s leadership development book club will meet on April 2 to discuss the book, “The Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders,” by John Zenger and Joseph Folkman.

Three video conferencing sites have been reserved from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Discussion locations include the ANR Building’s Plum Room in Davis, Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center’s Walnut Room in Parlier and UCOP’s Room 9405 in Oakland.

The discussion will be led by Kim Rodrigues, executive director of Academic Personnel. She asks participants to review the book and consider the following questions:

1. What administrative qualities do you hope to develop in yourself and/or others?

2. What leadership attributes do you value in a leader and how might we encourage, maintain and/or enhance these attributes in ANR? Below is a list of attributes summarized from ANR’s first leadership book club discussion to guide development of a leadership program in ANR. Are any key attributes missing from this list?

Leadership Attributes:

  • Knowledgeable about ANR programs at county and campus level
  • Confident, with compassion and sincerity to want others to succeed
  • Actively motivates, supports, value and promotes teamwork and team members
  • Possesses the ability to recognize and utilize the strengths and aptitudes of individual team members to facilitate successful outcomes
  • Fosters trust, honesty and integrity
  • Willing to make decisions, take action and communicate rationale
  • Open and transparent
  • Innovative and progressive; willing to embrace the unconventional
  • Willing to trust their workforce and take risks
  • Flexible
  • Approachable and an active listener
  • Acknowledges and follows up on input received from their team
  • Direct and focused
  • Responds to staff concerns in a timely manner

3. How might ANR develop and support these leadership attributes?

4. How might ANR measure and monitor leadership development?

5. What specific insight did this book provide with respect to any or all of these questions?

6. What other leadership activities might ANR consider to support the attributes discussed today?

Any other input you wish to provide is encouraged. 

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

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