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Mandarin Drought Tips Featured in Final Video of Drought Series

Oakland, Calif., (April 12, 2018) – Because periodic droughts will always be a part of life in California, the UC California Institute for Water Resources (CIWR) produced a series of videos to maintain drought awareness and planning, even in years when water is more abundant. The first of the three videos premiered Feb. 2 on the UCTV Sustainable California channel. The second video …

A Reminder That It Only Takes One Person To Spread Invasive Pests

Washington, D. C., (April 12, 2018) – Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts. It only takes one person who moves one piece of infested firewood, one infected plant, or one piece of infested fruit to spread …

Autumn Wildfire Set UP Research on ‘Smoke Taint’ in Wine

Santa Rosa, Calif., (April 12, 2018) – With the value of wine riding on a delicate balance of aroma and flavor, the impact of winegrapes’ exposure to smoke from a wildfire could have significant economic consequences. Last fall’s Northern California wildfires sent smoke wafting over an experimental vineyard in Napa Valley, giving scientists the opportunity to study the interplay of …

Irrigation Districts’ Court Victory Reestablishes Certainty for Irrigation Water

By Lauren D. Bernadett & Michael E. Vergara California’s recent drought challenged practically everyone in the state, and those challenges were most acutely felt by farmers and the agricultural industry. While the state and local districts made several significant law and policy changes during the drought, one decision that caused great concern and had significant effects for water providers and …

2018 Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

Sacramento, Calif., (April 11, 2018) – The Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are accepting applications for the $10,000 California Leopold Conservation Award. The award publicly honors California farmers, ranchers, foresters and other private landowners who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of the state’s natural resources. “It is an honor to be a recipient of the Leopold …

Second Annual Organic Grower Summit Coming to Monterey

Monterey, Calif., (April 11, 2018) – The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) are again teaming up to host the second annual Organic Grower Summit (OGS) on December 12 -13, 2018 at the renovated Monterey Convention Center in downtown Monterey, CA. OGS will bring together the entire organic growing and production chain as well as service …

Barn to Yarn 2018

Have you ever wondered where your wool sweater came from? Or just how to keep a 160lb sheep still enough to shear it? Join the Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) team and friends on Saturday, May 12th from 9am-2pm to get the answers to these and many more questions. Expert shearer Matt Gilbert will be offering demonstrations with a …

Mexican Dignitaries and UC 4-H Leadership Honored in the California State Senate

Sacramento, Calif., (April 10, 2018) – Dignitaries from the Baja California department of agriculture were recognized along with representatives of the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources 4-H program by the California State Senate on April 2 for an agreement the two organizations forged last year to bring 4-H to children across the border. In presenting a resolution, Senator Ben Hueso, whose district includes the …

How California Became a Food and Wine Lover’s Dream

Oakland, Calif., (April 9, 2018) – If you’ve ever taken a drive through California’s picturesque vineyards and pastoral farms, you know it’s impossible to imagine the Golden State without them. But California wouldn’t have become a dream destination for foodies and oenophiles without research from the University of California. Today, California rivals France, Italy and Spain as a global wine …

How California Became a Food and Wine Lover’s Dream

Oakland, Calif., (April 9, 2018) – If you’ve ever taken a drive through California’s picturesque vineyards and pastoral farms, you know it’s impossible to imagine the Golden State without them. But California wouldn’t have become a dream destination for foodies and oenophiles without research from the University of California. Today, California rivals France, Italy and Spain as a global wine …

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