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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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South American palm weevil adult. (Photo: Center for Invasive Species Research) South American palm weevil stars in a Hollywood horror film
One of Los Angeles' quintessential icons - palm trees - are being threatened by an invasive pest...

The Great Plains in Nebraska, where wildfire is striking more frequently. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Great Plains' wildfires have tripled since 1985
Wildfires used to be rare in the Great Plains, but that is no longer the case. A new study shows...

As of May 25, 2017, the CDC reports 21 people in California have been infected by Salmonella via backyard chickens. Salmonella infections resulting from backyard chickens
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a surge in human Salmonella...

UC Food Blog

  • Late-harvest processing peaches produce more profit, new UC studies show

    Major differences between extra-early and late harvest peaches are return price, yield and fruit thinning cost.

    Tree fruit growers can receive premiums for delivering certain extra-early varieties of peaches, but peach farmers may net roughly $800 more per acre from late-harvest processing peaches than extra-early harvest varieties, according to new cost...

  • UC's Pat Crawford weighs in on childhood obesity

    Blackberry boy

    Today marks the start of the 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference. Since it's founding 18 years ago by UC ANR Specialist Pat Crawford, it has grown from a small gathering of California researchers, educators, and health care professionals to the...

  • Delta farm tour gives UC students a broader view of food system

    “Eighty percent of waterfowl depend on agriculture for food,” said Dawit Zeleke, second from right.

    UC Global Food Initiative student fellows from University of California campuses throughout the state gathered for a springtime field trip in the Central Valley to learn more about the relationships between food, farming and the environment. The...

  • 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...

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