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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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Brown marmorated stink bugs aggregate on a midtown Sacramento tree. Summer heat is supressing brown marmorated stink bug
The sweltering summer of 2017 has a silver lining. When the temperature rises above 104, brown...

More rain and fire predicted for California due to climate change. Precipitation and wildfire impacted by climate change
A new study out of UC Riverside projects an increase in rain and snow in California due to climate...

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...

UC Food Blog

  • Explore tools that UC researchers use with smallholder farmers around the world

    UC Davis and ANR researchers attach clear plastic to a

    Planted in a corner of the UC Davis campus is a display of technologies and vegetable crops that researchers with the Horticulture Innovation Lab have been using with farmers in Africa, Asia and Central America. Led by UC ANR's Elizabeth Mitcham in the...

  • Food waste is an ethical and environmental issue

    This poster played an important role in discouraging food waste and encouraging food conservation on the American home front during World War I. Noted artist Edward Penfield created the poster. It's held in the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

    Summer brings an abundance of luscious and healthy fruits and vegetables. It's easy to buy more than we can eat, which sometimes results in #foodwaste. In a guest blog post for the UC Food Observer, UC researcher Wendi Gosliner (part of...

  • School gardens get new life from UC Cooperative Extension volunteers

    Volunteers gather in the garden before the first outdoor lesson. The course is taught by Lisa Paniaqua, standing on the left, school garden sustainability coordinator for UC CalFresh in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

    When children grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables, they are much more likely to eat healthy food, so for decades California politicians, teachers and nutrition educators have advocated for a garden in every school. However, UC Cooperative...

  • UC ANR hosts workshops for California's urban farmers

    A UC Cooperative Extension workshop series in Los Angeles will help city growers build their knowledge on legal, production, marketing and food safety issues.

    In communities around California, urban farms provide fresh produce, community green space, and even job training. However, a 2014 UC ANR needs assessment indicated that urban farmers face challenges, as well as opportunities. They are often beginning...

  • FOOD IT: How will technology shape the future of food?

    UC was well-represented at FOOD IT.

    More than 300 people gathered in Mountain View for the fourth annual FOOD IT: Fork to Farm on June 27 to discuss the role of information technology in the food system – from managing crops in the field to dealing with consumer food waste. The...

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