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Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety calls for proposals

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is seeking research and outreach proposals on a wide range of topics that address occupational health and safety in agriculture in Arizona, California, Hawaii and/or Nevada. 

  • Small Grant Program funding is for the 2020–2021 academic year. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars may request up to $10,000. Faculty may request up to $30,000. Proposals are due on or before Aug. 21, 2020, 5 p.m. PT.
  • Outreach and Education funding is open to faculty, Ph.D. students or postdoctoral scholars, Cooperative Extension specialists and farm advisors and non-profit organizations. Funding requests may be submitted for up to $10,000; most awards will be $5,000 to $7,500. Proposals are due on or before Sept. 25, 2020, 5 p.m. PT.

Please share with interested parties and email with any questions.

Rustici calls for proposals

The 2020 request for proposals for the UC Rustici Rangeland and Cattle Research Endowment is now open.

Proposals for research and outreach are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

Funding is available to University of California personnel to support problem-solving research to benefit California range cattle producers. The goal of this program is to promote and support collaborative research between UC academics and range cattle producers to provide practical answers to critical issues and challenges facing the industry.

Information about this funding opportunity can be found at

For more information about the UC Rustici Rangeland and Cattle Research Endowment, visit

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 6:14 PM

Rustici rangeland and cattle research proposals due Nov. 7

Russell L. Rustici Rangeland and Cattle Research Endowment funding is available to University of California personnel to support problem-solving research that will benefit California range cattle producers. The goal of this program is to promote collaboration and strengthen the network among research faculty, Cooperative Extension specialists, county-based Cooperative Extension advisors and range cattle producers, and to ultimately provide practical answers to critical issues and challenges facing the industry.

It is anticipated that three or four research proposals will be awarded with a total annual budget typically not exceeding $60,000 per year. Matching funds from other sources that provide leverage will be favorably considered. Funding will also be available to support outreach and extending knowledge activities with budgets not to exceed $10,000 per project.

Research grants run from Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2020 or 2021 (not to exceed two years).

Requests for outreach/extending knowledge activities are accepted year-round (not to exceed two years).

Research priorities are refined in regular consultation with representatives from the range cattle industry. Specific issues identified in a recent review are listed below. While the overall interest in the broader existing priority areas remains, cross-cutting proposals which target the specific needs below are also encouraged.

Research priorities for 2019 call (not in order of priority):

  • Improving cattle health, genetics, productivity, and quality
  • Managing rangelands for multiple ecosystem services
  • Enhancing the productivity and profitability of rangeland cattle operations

Research proposals are due Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, to For more information, visit or email 

Posted on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 5:39 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

Hopland REC calls for proposals

The Hopland Research and Extension Center is soliciting proposals for new and continuing research projects for the period July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Hopland REC encompasses more than 5,300 acres of oak woodland, grasslands, and chaparral rangeland in southeastern Mendocino County. The facility provides research opportunities in animal science, range management, wildlife ecology, plant ecology, entomology and epidemiology, pest management, viticulture and natural resources management. Some unique features of interest include the capacity to study paired watershed affects, grazed and non-grazed vernal pools, diversity of species, including the discovery of a new species of wildflower and more.

New projects using the center's facilities and lands are encouraged and there may be opportunities to utilize existing research designs for new research questions. Please refer to our website for a complete description of Hopland REC resources:   Examples of Hopland REC's resources include an array of habitat types, almost 700 species of vascular plants including 11 species of oaks, a resident sheep flock and an array of mammal species including black-tailed deer, wild feral pigs and coyotes. Facilities include 12 acres of irrigated pasture and vineyard, all-season road access, lab space, high speed internet, a nationally acclaimed lysimeter, basic wet and dry lab facilities (currently being renovated), capacity to perform necropsies on site and a dormitory that can accommodate over 20 students. For even more detailed descriptions of the natural resources and related features of interest, please look at our interactive storybook at HREC Story map

The center provides outstanding staff with a diversity of skills to provide local labor, equipment, research facilities, and technical and management support to UC academics and to personnel from cooperating non-UC organizations. Hopland REC expects to award hours of center-provided labor at minimal cost to support approved projects during this coming program year. 

The Hopland Research and Extension Center assesses an annual research project fee and a per hour labor rate for staff assistance on all active projects. Both rates are subsidized for UC affiliates. Non-UC affiliates are charged the full costed rate.

To submit a proposal, please submit forms electronically, via the “Universal Review System” in the UC ANR Portal.  For immediate consideration by the Research Advisory Committee, please submit proposals by April 27, 2018.

To submit your proposal, go to the HREC website On the left-hand side under the RESEARCH tab, you will see the tab “Submit a proposal.” You will be asked for your ANR Portal Login. Once you are logged in, you will see a list of proposals for which you are either the PI or Co-PI. Only submit the proposals for which you are the PI, unless the PI has asked you to submit the proposal as a Co-PI.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact Megan Osbourn, HREC business officer at (530) 639-8800, Kimberly Rodrigues, HREC center director at (707) 744-1424 x 115, or John Bailey, HREC superintendent at (707) 744-1424 x 112.




Posted on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 1:14 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Natural Resources

PAC discusses strategic plan and urban agriculture

At the recent President’s Advisory Commission meeting, President Napolitano praised UC ANR’s work in “areas of critical importance.”

Downtown Oakland was the site of the biannual UC President's Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources (PAC) meeting on Aug. 9, which included a Q&A session with President Napolitano, program presentations from UC Cooperative Extension county directors Rob Bennaton and Igor Lacan, and updates from deans Helene Dillard (UC Davis), Keith Gilless (UC Berkeley) and Kathryn Uhrich (UC Riverside), as well as Executive Associate Dean John Pascoe (filling in for Dean Michael Lairmore, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine). 

In her opening remarks, UC ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston introduced Mark Bell, the division's new vice provost for statewide programs and strategic initiatives. Bell spoke about the strength of the UC system, the diversity of programs offered by UC ANR statewide, and his plans to leverage the strong volunteer and staff base of programs like UC Master Gardeners and 4-H.

Humiston also offered updates on the division's strategic plan and the significant progress made in implementing its key goals. Associate Vice President Tu Tran then gave a presentation on the division's financial situation, which he titled “A Fiscal Plan for Success.” Tran addressed UC ANR's place in the state budget and its revenue projections through FY 2021-22, which includes significant growth in major gifts and fundraising.

Jerry Lohr, right, congratulated fellow PAC member Grant Davis on his new position as director of the state Department of Water Resources.

Bennaton and Lacan both gave spirited and enthusiastic presentations that were received well. Bennaton, who serves as county director for Alameda and Contra Costa counties as well as UCCE urban agriculture advisor for the Bay Area, discussed the benefits of urban agriculture and the assortment of activities going on in community development, habitat restoration and youth programming.

Lacan, also a UCCE environmental horticulture advisor for the Bay Area and co-director in San Mateo and San Francisco counties, talked about the diverse and richly rewarding work he spearheads in urban forestry. His work currently focuses on sustainable management of urban trees and urban water.

Following lunch, UC President Napolitano offered glowing remarks about UC ANR's contributions and the long-term strategy reflected in the division's new strategic plan. She said she was particularly impressed by ANR's recent work in water, childhood obesity, nutrition education, and Asian citrus psyllid, calling them “areas of critical importance.” She also praised Humiston's leadership in the area of tech innovation and partnerships.

During a Q&A period, the president engaged PAC members on various issues such as potential public-private partnerships that could involve UC ANR, targeted approaches to advocacy and deferred maintenance needs for UC writ large but also for UC ANR and its research and extension centers system, specifically.

The deans gave updates on research and activities occurring at their respective colleges and school.

The next PAC meeting is scheduled for December, also in Oakland. 

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5:06 PM
  • Author: Mike Janes
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