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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 can fly tens of miles in a day. South American palm weevils are destroying SoCal palms
Communities in Southern California are watching their valued landscape palm trees suffer mortal...

UC ANR vice president Glenda Humiston says USDA communication with the public is critically important. Short-lived gag order on USDA raises concerns
This week, the Trump Administration imposed a gag order on USDA agencies, then after public...

Trump's decision to withdraw from TPP has significant financial implications for California farmers. (Photos: Pixabay) Farmers are disappointed Trump has scrapped TPP
California farmers could have reaped substantial profits if the 12-country Trans-Pacific...

UC Food Blog

  • 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...

  • Pecan pie: A holiday tradition and a treat

    Pecan Pie is a Southern favorite. The ingredients in this one,

    “Ahh, nuts!” This time of year, you're probably thinking “Ahh, pecans!” And particularly, “Ahh, pecan pie!” We do love our pecans. The U.S. produces 80 to 95 percent of the world's pecans, and most are grown in...

  • Youth speak, we listen: Youth voices in urban agriculture and building the UC connection

    Steven Palomeres, former intern at WOW farms in West Oakland shares his experience in urban farming

    For many youth in California, agriculture is becoming part of their urban experience. Urban farms, edible parks, and garden education programs are thriving in cities across the state. These places grow food, teach youth job skills, create community green...

  • Organic produce growers sought for research study

    UC researchers seek organic growers of tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, carrots, radishes or cucumbers.

    University of California scientists are seeking certified organic growers to participate in a multistate soil and food-safety study. The researchers are gathering data to develop national guidelines and best practices for using raw manure to improve...

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