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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.

We foster healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities and healthy Californians.

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Fruits and vegetables are highly perishable, which makes growing, harvesting, storing and shipping complicated and expensive. USDA's nutrition advice doesn't align with spending
According to the USDA's dietary recommendations - which are represented in the...

Weeds will compete with a new orchard for water, sun and nutrients, and interfere with harvest in mature orchards. Weeds in this orchard were killed with an herbicide. Researchers raise concern over paraquat health risks
The popular herbicide paraquat works well and is inexpensive, but emerging research shows a...

California grown plums can be sourced sustainably to help meet the goals of the UC Global Food Initiative. Sourcing sustainable food for students is a success
The UC system's goal to purchase 20 percent of its food from sustainable sources by 2020, one of...

UC Food Blog

  • Enjoy your tree nuts: UC scientists help with regulatory compliance

    Almond kernel emerging from dried hull. (Photo: Melissa L. Partyka)

    California tree nut growers will soon have to comply with new agriculture water testing requirements under the Produce Safety Rule in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). University of California researchers and advisors are holding seminars to...

  • Start seedlings for your spring-summer vegetable garden

    Don't forget to label your seedlings, for proper space planning when transplanting. (Photo credit:

    Get a jump start on your spring-summer vegetable garden. Start growing seedlings indoors now to have young plants ready to go into the ground when the weather warms and there is no longer a threat of frost. Growing vegetables from seeds is a passion for...

  • Building trust in food systems – here and in Cambodia

    UC Davis researcher Karen LeGrand with Thort Chuong, in front of another farmer's nethouse in Cambodia built after they helped connect scientists, farmers, and marketers with technologies from the Horticulture Innovation Lab.

    What is the role of trust in our food system? Here in the United States, our trust in food is often implicit. We can generally trust that the fruits and vegetables we buy at a grocery store or farmers market are safe to eat — and we are often free...

  • Changes in breast milk sugars impact babies’ health and growth

    UC research in The Gambia has revealed microbial changes in breast milk characteristics during the country's two distinct seasons - when food supplies differ significantly. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    When it comes to nursing moms and their babies, an elegant web of cause and effect connects climate, breast milk, gut microbes and infant health. That web was clearly illustrated by a recently published study involving 33 women and their babies in the...

  • A super bowl of chili: Something to crow about

    Evaluator John Vasquez Jr., (right foreground) talks to the Lil' Peppers. From left are  Elijah and Maleah Desmarais, and Jessie Means. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Life is just a bowl of…, not cherries! Chili! Make that chicken chili. When the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons square off at Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 5 in Houston, odds are that feathers will fly and football fans will...

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