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New UCTV web series featuring the work of ASI

October 23, 2007

UCTV Prime, the YouTube channel for the University of California, is now airing a series of short videos in a series called The Future of Farming. The series was produced by UC Davis Director of campus communications Mitchel Benson with the help of several faculty and staff affiliated with ASI.

This four-part series examines the challenges of reforming our food production to meet the needs of a growing population, and demonstrates how UC Davis is leading the way in developing sustainable, high-tech agriculture practices and training the next generation of farmers.

New SAREP report on visioning food hubs in Yolo and Solano counties

October 23, 2007

Prepared by a team of UC Davis students for the Yolo Ag and Food Alliance, this report examines the plausibility of creating a food hub in Yolo and Solano Counties.  Researchers explored recent trends in food hubs across the country and conducted a food system assessment of the two counties.  The food system assessment tracks historical trends and data in Yolo and Solano Counties for five sector of the food system: production, processing, distribution, retail, and consumption.  By analyzing these sectors, the report provides a context to better understand the viability of a possible food hu

New SAREP article on Farm-to-Institution programs

October 23, 2007

Gail Feenstra of SAREP, Jeri Ohmart of SAREP/ASI and Shermain Hardesty of Agricultural Resource Economics at UC Davis are contributing authors on a recently published article in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.

New SAREP article in Journal of Argiculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

October 23, 2007

SAREP's Gail Feenstra and Julia Van Soelen Kim are contributing authors on a new article "Value Chains for Sustainable Procurement in Large School Districts: Fostering Partnerships"  The article chronicles two separate pilot efforts to create value chains for mid-scale farms to supply large school districts' food-service operations with more healthful, local, and sustainably produced foods, using a modified farm to

New Resource: Values-Based Supply Chain Annotated Bibliography

October 23, 2007

SAREP compiled an extensive annotated bibliography of literature relating to values-based supply chains for Know Your Farmer/Know Your Food: A California Project.   The bibliography can serve as a valuable resource for anyone involved in creating or researching supply chains, food hubs, and farm to institution programs. 

Ken Cassman's Nitrogen Challenge

October 23, 2007

There's a problem with our current use of nitrogen in agricultural systems: we're inefficient. That's the message Ken Cassman, Heuermann professor of agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, gave to a crowd of UC Davis professors and students last week.