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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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UCCE forest and fire advisor Kate Wilkin examines a tree with an old fire scar. Horse country is often in wildfire-prone areas
A population of 700,000 horses call California home and many of them live in areas susceptible to...

UCCE natural resources advisor Sabrina Drill is a fire science expert. More people live in fire-prone communities
As the human population on planet earth, now about 7.6 billion people, continues to grow, more will...

Chinese agricultural scientists explore a  potato research field at UC ANR's Intermountain Research and Extension Center in Tulelake. June 2018 news clips
Agricultural advances draw opposition that blunts innovation (Science) Anne Q. Hoy, June...

UC Food Blog

  • Fresno’s Southeast Asian farmers are on trend with new ‘superfood’

    Fresno farmer Vang Thao in his moringa plantation.

    Farmer Vang Thao has been managing a successful farm south of Fresno for nearly 30 years, producing a spectacular array of vegetables – heirloom tomatoes, purple bell peppers, water spinach, bitter melon, Thai eggplant and dozens of others. Every...

  • School food: Supporting healthy kids and local food systems

    Delivery truck wrapped in healthy food marketing. Photo: @slcusdfood

    School food service is a multibillion dollar industry that impacts the lives of over 30 million (mostly) low-income students. Every school day and, with increasing frequency, during summer weekdays as well, this industry provides two-thirds of students'...

  • Growers get labor-saving ideas at UC Grape Day

    Labor costs about 7 cents per vine for managing the “touchless” vineyard, compared to $1 in the conventional vineyard, says Kaan Kurtural, UC Cooperative Extension specialist.

    Will machines replace the romance of the hand-cultivated wine grape vineyard? A “touchless” vineyard was among the latest research on labor shortages, weeds and pest management by UC Cooperative Extension scientists discussed at Grape Day...

  • UC Master Food Preserver volunteers in tribal communities

    UC Master Food Preserver volunteers perform outreach at tribal communities. (Photo: Barbara Goldberg)

    Throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties, the UC Master Food Preserver Program is actively engaging with tribal members. In fact, the UC Master Food Preserver volunteers have been “jamming it up” since 2017 with over 15 workshops for tribal...

  • Strawberry stands sell berries fresh from the field

    Nathan Punh, left, talks with UCCE farm advisor Margaret Lloyd, who works with about 60 Mien farms in the Sacramento area.

    Slugs, snails, ants, aphids, spider mites and inclement weather conspire against strawberry growers harvesting perfect red berries to sell.  “Farming is hard work,” said Fam Lee, as she pulled a weed from a row of strawberry plants....

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