Urban Agriculture — Video #1 in Series of 26 Vegetable Production Videos

Urban agriculture is proliferating across the state of California on both public and private lands, taking the form of school, community, church and backyard gardens, vertical and rooftop farms, for-profit and non-profit enterprises, as well as a whole suite of other food production methods. These urban farms are transforming the landscape of food production, helping…

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New Video Series to Spark Interest in Vegetable Production of the Future

A 26-episode weekly video series will debut Monday, May 13, 2019, on YouTube to help train the next generation of vegetable crop workers and increase their use of effective stewardship practices in vegetable production. Projections for near-future retirements of people working in California’s agricultural production, marketing and postharvest handling sectors indicate severe re-staffing needs in the coming…

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Landscape Plants for Water Conservation: Horticultural Research Institute Funding for Loren Oki

UC Davis Plant Sciences faculty and Cooperative Extension Specialist Loren Oki received research funding for 2019 from the Horticultural Research Institute for the project “Landscape Plant Performance: Water Use Assessments of New Cultivar Selections.” He is one of fifteen recipients from thirteen universities; a total of $437,200 was awarded to the fifteen projects. Landscape Plant…

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Avocados May Find a Place in Northern California Orchards to Meet Growing Consumer Demand

The good news for Sacramento Valley growers considering avocados is that U.S. consumption has mushroomed to nearly 2.5 billion pounds a year, and doubling every decade, as this versatile fruit has been discovered as a delicious, heart-healthy source of cholesterol-free fat. The sobering news, however, is that though the trees produce an impressive abundance of…

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Researcher Invitation to Visit San Joaquin Valley Soil Health Demonstration

UC Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist Jeff Mitchell is issuing a standing invitation to the public to visit the site of an ongoing conservation agriculture research project and see for themselves the results of long-term soil-building practices. “Every Friday morning from 9 o’clock till noon, beginning in February and going through June, I invite folks…

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Students Get Hands-On Opportunities in Plant Sciences at UC Davis

Undergraduate students studying plant sciences and related subjects at UC Davis get plenty of field experience in plant production, including field trips, and hearing from growers about potential careers in plant sciences. Vegetable Crop Production (PLS 110) is taught fall quarter by Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, a faculty member and Cooperative Extension Specialist. Not only do…

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