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Ken Cassman's Nitrogen Challenge

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.

Ken Cassman speaks on soil nitrogen

Ken Cassman's research aims to answer a fundamental question for the future of agricultural sustainability: How can we meet increasing global demand for food while protecting environmental quality and natural resources for future generations?

"In Organic We Trust" film screening

"In Organic We Trust" is a new documentary film that looks beyond 'organic' for other practical solution like farmer's markets, school gardens and urban farms that are revolutionizing the way we eat. 

The film features Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis Director Tom Tomich, Sierra Orchards and the Center for Land-Based Learning President Craig McNamara, and many other important voices in agriculture.

Watch the "In Organic We Trust" Teaser.

How fertilizer moves around California

How does fertilizer move around California?

Dan Liptzin and Todd Rosenstock listen as Ken Johnson explains how fertilizer comes in on rail cars and is unloaded at the TSI facility in Dixon.

Much of it starts out as anhydrous ammonia shipped into Stockton, Sacramento and other ports from countries like Trinidad and Venezuela, and is then transported around the state for use as fertilizer by truck or rail car.

Food Systems Literature and Research in One Easy to Navgate Location

Community food systems are gaining attention nationwide as an important way to create links between farmers, consumers and communities in particular regions.  A recently released bibliography created by researchers with the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis documents the growing interest in community food systems, focusing mostly on analyses of food-related activities and trends within the United States.