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UC ANR greets international audience at World Ag Expo

From left, Luke Paloutzian, Julie Pedraza, Brady Holder and Salvador Barcenas welcomed visitors to the UC ANR booth at World Ag Expo.

UC ANR participated in the 2022 World Ag Expo, held Feb. 8-10, in Tulare.

Sorghum varieties being studied.

Khaled Bali, interim director of Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and Ashraf El-Kereamy, director of Lindcove Research and Extension Center, organized displays at booths inside Pavilion A to publicize the research performed by the RECs. Staff handed out mandarins and showed visitors the different sorghum varieties being studied.

In addition, UCCE specialists and advisors delivered a series of dairy seminars on the latest research and best practices – from innovations in feed and nutrient management to cutting-edge technology in water and manure management.

TheLindcove team also hosted a citrus tour and tasting of citrus varieties for expo attendees.

From left, UC Davis professor Ed DePeters, UCCE advisor Jennifer Heguy and UCCE specialist Dan Putnam answer questions about dairy issues. Photo by Betsy Karle
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2022 at 11:16 AM

World Ag Expo accepts applications for presenting 2021 seminars

The World Ag Expo is accepting proposals for seminars for its 2021 virtual event. The annual World Ag Expo that was scheduled to be held in Tulare Feb. 9 to 11, 2021, has been cancelled so the presentations will be delivered online.

World Ag Expo provides quality, educational content for its attendees. Since you are an expert in your field, you are invited to host a seminar to educate viewers. 

To apply, visit https://wae21-8580c5a.cm.mapyourshow.com/1_0/index.cfm/proposals:main.

Oct. 31, 2020, is the deadline for applications.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • World Ag Expo provides seminar space free to speakers, and therefore does not reimburse for fees associated with the session
  • Seminars must be educational, not a sales pitch
  • The 2021 show will be online; seminars will need to be produced in a live or pre-recorded format (ex: Zoom, MP4, YouTube, etc.)
  • Live chat will be available during the scheduled seminar session, the seminar recording and chat log will be available on-demand after the "premiere" of the session has finished
  • Seminar materials can be included for download by viewers
Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 5:38 PM

UC ANR shares its programs and services at the World Ag Expo

Visitors to the UC ANR booth at the World Ag Expo were treated to citrus facts, gardening tips, nutrition advice and much more Feb. 11-13 in Tulare.

Lindcove REC director Beth Grafton-Cardwell, left, and staff research associate Stephanie Doria hand out citrus at the UC ANR booth at World Ag Expo.

On the first evening of the expo, Vice President Glenda Humiston and UC Cooperative Extension scientists hosted a reception for about 100 UC ANR partners, agriculture reporters, employees and other stakeholders to celebrate recent advancements in agricultural production, as well as future initiatives. The event was held at the UC Cooperative Extension office in Tulare County.

UC ANR vice president Glenda Humiston shares information about the value of working landscapes at the UC ANR reception.

Humiston thanked the guests for supporting UC ANR and said that research and extension relied on the cooperation of others to be successful.

Featured research included wine and beer tasting, hemp, agricultural technology, small farms and 4-H projects.

Bob Hutmacher, West Side Research and Extension Center director and UCCE specialist, gave an update on his hemp research and Konrad Mathesius, UCCE agronomy advisor for the Capitol Corridor, discussed his research on malting barley for beer.

Nick Davis, a vineyard operations manager for The Wine Group, who collaborates with George Zhuang, UCCE viticulture advisor in Fresno County, discussed their mechanization project and said his company depends on UCCE research. A member of the UC ANR climate-smart agriculture technical advisory team, Shulamit Shroder, reported on the activities of the climate-smart farming partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Three San Joaquin Valley 4-H members displayed their projects at the UC ANR reception. (Photo: Linda Forbes)

Robert Johnson of IGIS answered questions about the use of drones in agricultural research, 4-H members Emily Karle, Mia Azevedo, Levi Goodman and Emily Karle displayed their projects, and UCCE advisor Ruth Dahlquist-Willard and Michael Yang, agricultural assistant, showed some of the specialty crops grown in Fresno County.

UCCE advisor Ruth Dahlquist-Willard, left, and agricultural assistant Michael Yang.

At the UC ANR booth on the expo grounds, UCCE specialist Beth Grafton-Caldwell and the Lindcove Research and Extension Center staff handed out mandarins and told visitors about the research they do on citrus at the part of the booth that featured UC ANR research and extension centers.

UC Cooperative Extension specialist Ashraf El-Kereamy, right, helped staff the UC ANR booth, along with Stephanie Doria.

Visitors took part in an activity to match local commodities to ANR Research and Extension Centers. Those who tried won a prize.

 

CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt visited the ANR booth and matched all the commodities to UC ANR RECS.

 

Nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor Hawau Bojuwon, left, and community educator Beatriz-Rojas, both of Kern County, staffed the ANR booth on the final day of the show.

Over the three days, EFNEP and CalFresh Healthy Living educators from Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties quizzed booth visitors about nutrition. Tulare County Master Gardener volunteers shared information about sustainable gardening and answered gardener questions.

Tulare County UC Master Gardener Ken Becker shares a light moment with a booth visitor while answering gardening questions.
 
Kearney REC director Jeff Dahlberg speaks with an ag reporter at the World Ag Expo.
 
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:05 AM

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

Travel funds available for UCCE specialists, AES faculty to collaborate with off-campus ANR academics

ANR will be making additional travel support available for UC Cooperative Extension specialists to collaborate with ANR academics off-campus, including UCCE advisors in the counties and ANR academics at the RECs in fiscal year 2017/18.

With the level of funds available, each specialist may apply for up to $2,500 for FY 2017/18 (travel reports must be submitted within 45 days of travel, and funds must be expended by June 30, 2018). These travel funds must be utilized by the UCCE specialists only and cannot be used for out-of-state travel.

UC ANR values the work of AES faculty across the three partner campuses. As the recognized lead for the California Agriculture Experiment Station, UC ANR receives federal Hatch funds to support the AES mission and distributes those funds to the three partner campuses to manage and support AES faculty. In recognition of the importance of the partnership between UC ANR academics and AES faculty, UC ANR is expanding the travel support program to include AES faculty as part of a pilot program. Upon completion of a request, UC ANR will support travel by AES faculty to meet and work with UC ANR county-based or REC-based academics. Support is limited to $1,000 per AES faculty member with a cap on the total pool of funds available set at $25,000 for FY17-18. Additional support may be available through the campuses; AES faculty should consult their departments or colleges to determine if additional support is available. Travel support must be used by the AES faculty member for his/her own travel to plan and execute research or present research findings at meetings hosted by UC ANR academics.

Completing a short online survey is the only step to apply for these funds.

A brief survey form is accessible from your ANR Portal. The direct link is http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=18400. The survey asks 

•        Name and title of specialist requesting support

•        Project/Program name

•        Brief project description (one paragraph)

•        Collaborating advisors

There is no deadline for applications for these travel funds, but they must be expended in the fiscal year 2017/18.

 

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 4:35 PM

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