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ANR forms Animal Welfare Advisory Council

ANR has formed the UC Animal Welfare Advisory Council, which is comprised of veterinarians, animal science professionals, and other experts from the University of California system, the California State University system, Colorado State University and the private sector. 

The group will review issues of animal welfare related to agriculture and make science-based  recommendations to improve the welfare of livestock and poultry.


Members of the council are as follows:

  • Daniel M. Dooley (chair), UC Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Oakland
  • Bennie Osburn (vice chair), Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis
  • Alex Ardans, Professor Emeritus, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis
  • Richard Breitmeyer, State Veterinarian, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento
  • Dave Daley, Professor, College of Agriculture, California State University, Chico
  • Ron Faoro, Veterinarian and Past President of the California Veterinary Medical Association, Sacramento
  • Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Dave McCrystal, Veterinarian, Chair of Executive Board, American Veterinary Medical Association, Schaumburg, Ill.
  • Joy Mench, Professor, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis
  • Jim Reynolds, Veterinarian, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, and Chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Committee
  • Andrew Thulin, Head, Department of Animal Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Neal Van Alfen, Dean, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis
  • Rick Standiford (ex-officio), Associate Vice President, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Oakland
  • Steve Nation (ex-officio), Executive Director, Governmental and External Relations, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Oakland


Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 at 1:48 PM
Tags: animal welfare (1)

Behind the scenes of the Advocacy webinar

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. 


Recorded Webinar
Here is the recording of the Feb. 3, 2009, training:  It is 84 minutes long.


Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Congressman helps Merced 4-H promote science

U.S. Congressman Dennis Cardoza joined Merced County 4-H members to conduct the 4-H National Science Experiment during the annual “Lights on Afterschool” event Oct. 16 in Merced.

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.

Cardoza and 4-H'ers experiment with polymers
Cardoza and 4-H'ers experiment with polymers

Posted on Friday, November 7, 2008 at 10:29 AM
Tags: 4-H (3)

UC strawberries go to the Olympics

California strawberries are making their debut in China during the Beijing Olympics. Watsonville-based California Giant Berry Farms and Driscoll’s were both selected to ship fresh strawberries to China for the Olympic Games
California Giant grows the Albion variety, which was developed at the UC Davis Watsonville Strawberry Research Facility.
The deep red berry with its sweet aroma and flavor has become extremely popular since it was commercially introduced in 2006.
California strawberries are normally banned, but China made arrangements to temporarily allow the strawberries after Olympic athletes listed strawberries as the No. 3 fruit they would like to eat during the Summer Games, according to an Aug. 6 story in the San Jose Mercury News.
Eurosemillas, SA, the Spanish company that holds the master licensee responsibilities for UC strawberry cultivars in most countries including China, facilitated the deal, according to Doug Shaw, UC Davis strawberry breeder. “These people really know how to get things done, and should be recognized for their contribution to UC,” Shaw said in an e-mail.
UC’s Strawberry Licensing program started in California in 1978 and internationally in 1982. UC has patented 33 strawberry cultivars including Albion. Worldwide, UC varieties account for 50 percent to 60 percent of strawberry production

Watsonville Strawberry Research Facility
Watsonville Strawberry Research Facility

California Giant grower Daren Gee (with back to camera) talks about his cooperation with UC's Doug Shaw (in hat) in evaluating strawberry varieties.

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Duran travels to China for daughter’s Olympic debut

Janie Duran, office manager for the UC Kearney Research and Extension Center, is packing her bags for a trip to Beijing, China, where she will watch her daughter Andrea, 24, compete for the pinnacle of women’s softball achievement - Olympic gold.
Andrea was a softball standout at Selma High School, where her uniform number 2 has been retired. The third-baseman played softball for UCLA and was instrumental in the team’s 2003 and 2004 College World Series victories. Her senior season she led the team in batting average, hits, triples and runs batted in. Andrea graduated with a degree in sociology in 2007.
“It’s been very exciting for our family,” said Janie Duran, who checks in with her daughter daily. “We’ve been traveling the country and the world is going through this experience with her.”
Andrea and the rest of the 2008 USA Women’s Softball Olympic Team have spent the summer on a 60-city bus tour playing exhibition games with all-star teams all over the United States in preparation for the Olympic competition.
Duran says she doesn’t worry about her daughter playing under pressure as the team strives to defend three consecutive women’s softball Olympic gold medals.
“She has played at this level before. Plus, she’s very good academically. She’s learned how to handle the pressure,” Duran said. –  Jeannette Warnert


Posted on Monday, July 14, 2008 at 12:54 PM

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