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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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UC CalFresh nutrition educator Nancy Zumkeller shows the amount of sugar in a 32-ounce soda. Beverage industry using defensive tactics to fight soda tax initiatives
The beverage industry is recruiting low-income and minority groups to help share a message aimed at...

UC Cooperative Extension advisor Deborah Giraud has called a meeting with Humboldt County cannabis growers to discuss the industry's environmental impacts. UC Cooperative Extension reaching out to NorCal cannabis growers
UC Cooperative Extension in Humboldt County has invited local cannabis farmers to meetings this...

DNA from genetically engineered feed is not passed to milk or meat, according to research by UCCE specialist Alison Van Eenennaam. 'Non-GMO' milk label more about marketing, says UCCE expert
Clover Stornetta Farms of Petaluma will be adding non-GMO certification to its conventional milk in...

UC Food Blog

  • The well-rounded pumpkin: A versatile vegetable

    Pumpkins come in many shapes, sizes, and colors and are used to decorate or consume. (Photo: Katelyn Ogburn)

    From seed to table or as seeds on the table, there are many edible forms of this staple fall decoration. While some ease their teeth into the lightly cooked tender green shoots of the plant, the majority of people know the pumpkin in its spherical orange...

  • Merits of the proposed soda tax

    Patricia Crawford, UC Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist, is senior director of research at the UC Nutrition Policy Institute.

    In November, voters in Oakland, Albany and San Francisco will have an opportunity to make a real difference in the health and well-being of local residents. In all three communities, modest “soda tax” measures are on the ballot. These...

  • October is National Farm-to-School Month

    Students learn about post-harvest research at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

    Schools across the country are celebrating local connections to local food producers in October during National Farm to School Month. Education and outreach activities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and field trips are teaching students about...

  • Tasty tree fruit in good hands

    Researchers from UC Davis and Washington State University Extension are conducting research and workshops helping answer key questions for the tree fruit industry. Photo by Emily Kunz - WIFSS

    In mid-September in California's Sacramento Valley the weather begins to tease us with the sense that fall is on its way. Interestingly, as the nights drop in temperature so too drops the desire for the fresh fruits we've enjoyed all summer. The...

  • Does sleep affect child obesity?

    Suzanna Martinez will study how sleep duration affects the diet and physical activity of Mexican-American children.

    September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off on Sept. 15. A new Nutrition Policy Institute study on obesity among Mexican-American children ties in with both of these themes. One in five...

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