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About the Vegetable RIC

The University of California Vegetable Research and Information Center (Vegetable RIC) was organized to provide a statewide program to which all University of California personnel with any research or extension activities related to vegetable production, postharvest handling, marketing or consumption could affiliate. A second primary purpose to provide the vegetable industry, related industries, and others interested in vegetables, with a focal point to which they could obtain information and establish appropriate linkages with the University. The expected results are improved effectiveness and efficiency within UC; and improved collaboration, linkage and communication between UC and the vegetable industry, and between UC and other interested vegetable constituencies.

The Director of the Vegetable RIC provides leadership to accomplish short and long term goals; convenes and leads internal and external committees to determine Center priorities, and develops and implements strategies for addressing those priorities.

Past Directors

Ron Voss
Ron Voss, UC Davis Professor Emeritus and Cooperative Extension Vegetable Specialist
(served 1995-1998)

Don Nevins
Don Nevins, UC Davis Professor Emeritus
(served 1999-2006)


Tim Hartz
Tim Hartz, UC Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Specialist Emeritus
(served May 2007-June 2017)

Current Director


Steve Fennimore
Director, Vegetable RIC
(serving July 1, 2017-present)

Cooperative Extension Weed Specialist
University of California, Davis
Dept. of Plant Sciences

Click HERE for Steve's contact information.

Support staff

Gale Perez
Program Representative
University of California, Davis
Dept. of Plant Sciences
153 Robbins Hall
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-1748