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Across California, the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources' (UC ANR) 64 Cooperative Extension offices are local problem-solving centers. We are the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research. Our county-based staff is part of the community – we live and work in the areas we serve. We turn science into solutions.

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Overhead irrigation is one of the promising techniques being used in conservation agriculture systems. The drought may be over, but water concerns haven't been doused
Record winter rainfall during the 2016-17 winter has enabled farms to emerge from survival mode in...

Sycamore trees are particularly susceptible to the ravages of polyphagous shot hole borer. These majestic trees provide shade, clean the air, and protect water - valuable ecosystem services that are lost when a pest kills the tree. Loss of trees could portend loss of human life
An invasive pest from Asia is killing thousands of trees in Southern California, which may lead to...

UCCE advisor Blake Sanden conducted trials in an almond orchard like this one to confirm data produced by Ceres Imaging. Internet start-up gleans trust from association with UCCE
Ceres Imaging, an Oakland-based start-up, is working closely with UC Cooperative Extension on its...

UC Food Blog

  • Bananas!

    Banelino Primary school. (Photo: Roberta Almerez)

    Did you know that a banana tree is not really a tree? It's a giant perennial bulb that grows to maturity in less than a year, producing one flower that becomes one huge bunch of bananas. I learned this fact last month from banana growers while visiting...

  • Rainbow of potential alternative pomegranate varieties

    Al Sirin Nar

    Almost all pomegranates grown in the United States are one variety: Wonderful. John Chater, a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Riverside, wants to change that. He would like to broaden the varieties of pomegranates available so that...

  • UC ANR scientists help fledgling Tanzania avocado industry

    Mary Lu Arpaia inspecting locally produced avocados being sold in a road side stall. (Photo: Mark Hoddle)

    Dedicated growers and research support from the University of California have made avocados a California success story. As part of the UC Global Food Initiative, which is channeling UC resources toward sustainably feeding the world's growing population,...

  • U.S. Congressman mixes up healthy food for UC nutrition education program

    U.S. Congressman Jim Costa blends a salad for students at La Vina Elementary School in Madera County. UCCE nutrition educator Angelica Perez stands with the congressman.

    When United States Congressman Jim Costa learned about the federally funded nutrition education programs being offered in his district, he made plans to visit. He wanted a first-hand experience with UC CalFresh, in which UC Cooperative Extension...

  • With nutrition education, a conversation may be more fruitful than a lecture

    The parents crowding around the table to see what we have and talk to an educator.

    How do we support low-income Latino families with appropriate nutrition education that makes a difference in their lives? This was the question staff with the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties were...

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