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The European grapevine moth has been eradicated in California. (Photo: Jack Kelly Clark) The European grapevine moth has officially been eradicated in California
The European grapevine moth, which was detected in Napa County in 2009 and threatened crops...

The news media gather for a press conference with Rep. Jim Costa, UC mosquito researcher Anthony Cornel, and other officials. UC research on mosquito that spreads Zika is in the public eye
Congressman Jim Costa, who joined crews releasing 20,000 male mosquitoes in Clovis yesterday, said...

UC researcher Scott Stephens believes that with restoration, California forests will be fine. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) It's not too late to make California forests resilient to wildfire
Even though there has been a deficit of fire in California forests for decades, their future is not...

UC Food Blog

  • Mark your calendar for World Food Day events

    (Photo: Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

    The day for collectively taking action against global hunger is still two months away. But September and October are already shaping up as “world food months,” with a number of events connecting Californians to their food systems and the...

  • Summer farm fun

    The farmers of Five Foot Farm.

    This time of year, most farmers don't get much sleep. Tomatoes, pears and peaches often ripen in the Sacramento Valley faster than the harvest crews can pick them, even working 12-hour days. But this is also the season that some farmers are happy to show...

  • Food bloggers visit the birthplace of integrated pest management

    Food bloggers gather for lunch under an ancient sycamore tree at the Elliott Pear Farm.

    The San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta is considered by local farmers to be the birthplace of integrated pest management, said Cathy Hemly of Green and Hemly farms on Randall Island. "A group of pear growers, working with ag extension, came up with...

  • Endive provided a career-long challenge to Rio Vista farmer/entrepreneur

    Farmer Rich Collins is passionate about endive production.

    There is just one commercial producer in California of endive, a missile-shaped French-Belgium sprout from a chicory root that boasts culinary versatility, but lacks popularity. Endive (pronounced on-deeve) adds a bitter bite to salads and stir-fries and...

  • Food bloggers see innovative olive oil production system in Capay Valley

    Farmer Chris Steele, owner of Capay Valley Ranches.

    More than 400 food writers have converged in Sacramento for the first International Food Bloggers Conference to be held in the California capital. The event began with an excursion for about 45 of the foodies to Capay Valley Ranches, where the focus was...

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