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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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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...

UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County conduct sustainable gardening and hands-on workshops for the public. A home garden can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions
A UC Santa Barbara study concluded that planting a home garden can cut carbon emissions to the...

Ted Grantham California's native fish in steady decline for 50 years
California's fresh water fish are in trouble, and not just because of the drought, reported Lori...

UC Food Blog

  • 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 goods 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...

  • Biodigesters turn food into electricity, but can they also create fertilizer?

    UC Cooperative Extension advisor Gene Miyao looks at biofertilizer in its various stages, from raw waste to fertilizer

    On a recent late-summer Wednesday, a freight container filled with cases of expired Muscle Milk protein drink awaited unloading at the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) while a front-loader scooped heaps of spoiled vegetables into a...

  • Tips for a successful fall vegetable garden

    When planning a fall garden it is important to take into consideration the first frost dates in your area to protect your crop. (Photo: Melissa Womack)

    For many gardeners' spring and summer months are synonymous with growing edible gardens, but home vegetable gardening doesn't have to end when cool fall temperatures arrive. This fall, take advantage of California's unique climate that makes it possible...

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