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Viewpoints: Scientists are rising to the challenges of drought

September 02, 2015

This week, scientists from around the world are convening in Sacramento for the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting to discuss cutting-edge research for a sustainable future. The meeting comes at a pivotal time for California, as the three-year drought drags on. According to the latest Drought Monitor report, more than 58 percent of the state is experiencing “exceptional drought,” the most severe classification, characterized by extreme water shortages and crop loss.

UC provides the resources to help Urban Ag succeed

August 30, 2015

With a growing interest in gardening, food preservation and livestock, urban agriculture is making its way to the forefront of planning and policy agendas. The UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Division (UC ANR) released a portal for Urban Ag enthusiasts and farmers at the beginning of July. The portal features an array of information for beginning and experiences farmers alike. "The site will be a resource for urban farmers who are selling what they grown, as well as school and community gardeners, and folks who are keeping some backyard chickens and bees.

Trees in Crop Fields – boosting a farm’s natural economy

August 30, 2015

The mid-afternoon sun beats down on the dry earth as Elleman Mumba takes us to the cool shade of his musangu trees – tall 8-year-old trees that he has planted in wide rows in the middle of the crop fields where he grows maize and other annual crops for food and sale. Mr. Mumba is one of a growing number of farmers across Zambia and other southern African countries who are bucking conventional wisdom that planting trees in crop fields creates competition with the standing crop for sunlight, water, and nutrients. 

New video lecture from Tom Tomich on global agroecology

October 23, 2012

In 2012, ASI Director Tom Tomich co-authored an article with ASI Affiliated faculty members and UC Davis faculty about Agroecology from a global perspective in the Annual Reviews and Environment and Resources.

2010 Sustainable Agriculture And Food Systems Competitive Grants Program

November 19, 2010

UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP, part of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis) is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals for the 2010 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Competitive Grants Program. 

Total available funding is $200,000 divided among four types of projects: planning grants, education & outreach grants, research grants, and graduate student research grants. UC SAREP will consider proposals in the following three Priority Areas:

Feenstra to Speak at Local Food Workshop

October 19, 2010

ASI's Gail Feenstra will speak at a local food workshop in Lake County on Thursday, October 21.

Her presentation on “Farm-to-School from the Ground Up: What Works and How to Get There,” will identify elements, practices and policies that are working in urban and rural schools throughout the state, including procurement models and lessons from inside the kitchen, such as “Cooking from Scratch Boot Camps.”