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Larson honored with Sonoma County agriculture award

For contributions that range from working to boost agritourism in Sonoma County to training young “agropreneurs” to expand food production, Stephanie Larson will be honored for her service to Sonoma County's $3 billion agriculture industry. The Sonoma County Harvest Fair has named Larson, the director of UC Cooperative Extension in Sonoma County and UC ANR farm advisor, to receive its 2015 Friend of Sonoma County Agriculture award.

“The support that Dr. Stephanie Larson has provided for over two decades to agriculture is immense,” said Katie Fonsen Young, interim director for the Sonoma County Events Center at the fairgrounds. “She's provided valuable research to integrate dairy and livestock production with rangeland management in the county, helped local producers to improve production and marketing, and developed economic models to document the benefits of local agriculture to our region. She's also a big supporter of our Sonoma County 4-H Foundation and a promoter of the Range to Table program that provides quality meat to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, as well as tax incentives to those who donate livestock.”

Larson is the principle investigator for the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher program, which is training “agropreneurs” to increase food production throughout a five-county region. She is working to develop an “incubator farm” that will provide opportunities for these beginners to learn their skills and increase local food access.

“Programs like this are important to combat the shrinking acreage available for growing crops and the climbing prices of farmland, particularly in Sonoma County,” says Larson.

The Sonoma County Harvest Fair will recognize Larson during a ceremony on Sept. 27 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. The celebration is open to the public. For more information, visit

Beth Mitcham, second from right, shown with women in Bangladesh who are using the chimney solar dryer (designed by UC Davis faculty) to preserve fruits and vegetables from their homestead gardens. Photo by Amanda Crump.
Mitcham named Outstanding International Horticulturist

Elizabeth Mitcham, a UC ANR Cooperative Extension specialist based in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, was honored by the American Society for Horticultural Sciences (ASHS) as its Outstanding International Horticulturist.

Mitcham accepted the award Aug. 4 at the ASHS annual conference in New Orleans. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to horticultural sciences for 10 years or more, with emphasis on international activities and impacts.

Mitcham directs both the Postharvest Technology Center and Horticulture Innovation Lab programs. She has helped train professionals from more than 40 countries in how best to care for fruits and vegetables after harvest, to reduce food waste and improve food quality. She has also hosted numerous foreign scientists and students in her UC Davis lab, where her research focuses on the regulation of fruit ripening, understanding calcium deficiency disorders, and maintaining fruit quality after harvest.

The Horticulture Innovation Lab, a collaborative program with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, targets the needs of small-scale fruit and vegetable farmers in developing countries to reduce poverty and improve food security. – Brenda Dawson

Louise Ferguson
Ferguson wins ASHS publication award

Louise Ferguson, UC ANR Cooperative Extension pomology specialist, won the American Society for Horticultural Sciences Extension Publication Award.

Transformation of an Ancient Crop: Preparing California ‘Manzanillo' Table Olives for Mechanical Harvesting,” was co-authored by Ferguson, who is based in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, and Sergio Castro Garcia of the University of Cordoba in Spain.

The article was published in the June 2014 edition of HortTechnology.

The award for the publication was presented Aug. 4 at the ASHS annual conference in New Orleans.

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 3:31 PM

ANR members honored with range awards

From left, Amy Ganguli, David Diaz, Barbara Allen-Diaz, Fee Busby and Maria Fernandez-Gimenez.
The Society for Range Management bestowed its highest honor, the Frederic G. Renner Award, on VP Barbara Allen-Diaz on Feb. 2 at the society's annual meeting in Sacramento. The society gives the premier award annually to members who have sustained accomplishments or contributions to rangeland management during the last 10 years. Allen-Diaz is the first female to receive the award. 

“Barbara has a record of outstanding research productivity that has affected the understanding and management of California rangelands and has had global impacts,” said Amy Ganguli, assistant professor of range science at New Mexico State University.

John Harper
UC ANR Cooperative Extension advisors John Harper of Mendocino County and Stephanie Larson of Sonoma County were among the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award winners. Sheila Barry, UC ANR Cooperative Extension director and advisor in Santa Clara County, won the 2014 Range Manager of the Year award for the Cal Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management.

Sheila Barry and Stephanie Larson
More than 1,300 people attended the Society for Range Management annual meeting held Jan. 31 – Feb. 6.

Barry co-chaired the conference planning committee with Alan Bower of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Several other ANR members also participated in planning the meeting: Larry Forero, Theresa Becchetti, Holly George, Jim Sullins, David Lile, Royce Larsen, Roger Ingram, Morgan Doran, Jeremy James, Mel GeorgeFadzayi Mashari, Julie Finzel, Jeff Stackhouse, Scott Oneto, Harper and Larson. Even more participated as speakers and attendees.

For conference highlights, select “social media” in the SRM 2015 Managing Diversity guidebook app (Redemption code “SRM2015”), created by Harper, or search for #SRM2015 on Twitter and Facebook.


Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 5:42 PM

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