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UC Cooperative Extension in Sutter and Yuba counties celebrates 100 years

Sutter and Yuba counties' UC Cooperative Extension marked the centennial anniversary of the local offices this year, reported Chris Kaufman in the Appeal Democrat. Led by county director Janine Hasey, the now-merged UCCE office celebrated 100 years of continuous support to farmers, youth, families and communities in the area.

Sutter/Yuba UCCE's historical significance was amplified when Hasey discovered a cache of historical documents in the office. Jessica Hougen of the Sutter County Community Memorial Museum created a display highlighting the information, which debuted at the 100th anniversary event. The exhibit will be on display at the museum through mid-December.

With Hougen's assistance, the UCCE Sutter-Yuba staff wrote articles highlighting UCCE's contributions to the local agriculture industry for the counties' crop reports. 

The 2017 Yuba County Crop Report outlines the history of UCCE in the county, starting with the hiring of William Harrison as Yuba County's first UCCE farm advisor on July 1, 1918, then listing a timeline of contributions that resulted in economic benefit to farmers and reduced impacts on the environment.

The 2017 Sutter County Crop and Livestock Report lists major contributions of UCCE to the county over the past 100 years, with a sidebar focusing on rice.

“Our partnership goes back to our first farm advisors, who were housed in the same buildings with the ag commissioners in each county,” Hasey said.

In recognition of UCCE Sutter-Yuba's centennial, Janine Hasey, center, was presented a Senate/Assembly Resolution by Laura Nicholson, senior district representative for state Senator Jim Nielsen, and Joe Brennan, who represented Assemblymember James Gallagher.

The Appeal Democrat article included a sidebar focusing on the career of David Ramos, who in 1959 took his first job out of college as an extension assistant in the Sutter County UCCE office. 

“When I was there, our office was downstairs from the post office in Yuba City and it's incredible to see how it's changed,” said Ramos, 85, of Davis. “What's so incredible is the number one crop when I got there was cling peaches. It tickles me to see the transition because I've seen the prune and walnut industry develop since then and it gave me an incredible perspective on the dynamics of the change that's taken place.”

The reporter also highlighted the 4-H Youth Development program in his article with quotes from Nancy Perkins of Live Oaks, an active 4-H volunteer.

“My father and his siblings were in Franklin 4-H, and it was a way of life for them back in the 1930s,” she said. “My dad was part of 4-H, I was part of 4-H, my children were part of 4-H and my grandchildren are part of it.”

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 11:18 AM

Bakersfield gets a 'First Look' at UCCE centennial celebration

Brian Marsh, the director of UC Cooperative Extension in Kern County, talked about the upcoming UCCE centennial celebration with host Scott Cox on First Look, a web video and radio program that provides Kern County resident with an overview of the day's news. The program is broadcast on the Bakersfield Californian webpage and on KERN radio.

At a dinner Aug. 21 marking the 100th anniversary of UC Cooperative Extension, the organization will honor 14 Kern County families with a farming legacy that stretches back 100 years or more. Cox was impressed.

"For a family farm to be in business for 100 years, it's a tough way to make a living," Cox said. "There's a lot of temptation for kids to go off to school and learn how to do something else and sell the farm off. These are people who have stuck it out."

Marsh said the farming underway today is different than 100 years ago.

"The children are coming back to the farm with advanced degrees," Marsh said. "Farming isn't the simple life. .. There is a lot of technology, there's a lot of regulations to deal with. A lot of our products are exported, so you're dealing with international trade and residue concentrations in other countries."

Cox agreed. "From agribusiness, to science, there's a lot going on out there."

Marsh emphasized the importance of the California farming industry. "I like to eat everyday," he said.

Brian Marsh is the director of UC Cooperative Extension in Kern County and an agronomy farm advisor.
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM
Tags: Brian Marsh (3), centennial (7)

State senator congratulates Tehama County UCCE

California State Sen. Jim Nielsen presented a senate resolution to the staff of UC Cooperative Extension in Tehama County last week to commemorate the organization's 100th anniversary, reported the Red Bluff Daily News.

He also spent several hours discussing current challenges and changes facing California agriculture. The article detailed the comments shared by the UCCE staff.

  • County director Richard Buchner shared the history of UCCE and talked about orchard production in Tehama and nearby counties

  • Farm advisor Allan Fulton discussed the local ground and surface water situation

  • Farm advisor Josh Davy talked about work to improve livestock grazing land and other research priorities

  • 4-H coordinator Lyn Strom shared her passion for the UCCE 4-H program

  • CalFresh nutrition educator Darla Bandsma described how the nutrition program helps youth make healthy food choices

Other staff and interns at the office also had the opportunity to speak to the senator. Tehama County supervisor Burt Bundy spoke about his experiences in the California Agricultural Leadership Program and encouraged others to take part.

California State Sen. Jim Nielson with the staff of UC Cooperative Extension in Tehama County.
Left to right, Richard Buchner, Allan Fulton, Josh Davy, Bill Goodwin (Tehama County CAO), Bob Mahoney (UC field assistant), Sen. Nielsen holding the resolution, Darla Bandsma, Burt Bundy, Lynn Strom, Cindy McClain (office manager), Jessica Copeland (program intern). UCCE Tehama staff not pictured are Spring Severson (4-H program secretary), Cyndi Gilles (field assistant) and Carol Haynes (field assistant).
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 9:42 AM
Tags: centennial (7), Tehama County (1)

UC leads a long tradition of environmental stewardship in California

Stewardship: \'stü-?rd-?ship: the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something.

In 1862 the Morrill Act was passed to support and maintain colleges of agriculture and mechanical arts, including a later provision that included the donation of public land. As one of the first land grant Universities, the University of California was well positioned to manage agricultural extension across the state as part of the Smith Lever Act of 1915. Today, many people think of California agriculture as strawberries, broccoli and rice; but it is livestock and forestry that dominated California working landscapes in those early days.  

Farmer seeks assistance from UCCE farm advisor on the running board of a historic UC Cooperative Extension vehicle.
Research and extension efforts to improve forestry practices and range production throughout California have evolved over time. Research questions gradually changed over the last 100 years from a “how can we economically produce more” perspective to how can rangeland management practices improve ecosystem composition and function? How can extension programs be employed to educate stakeholders and help land managers implement change? How can we conserve working landscapes for biodiversity conservation in a period of rapid development? How can we assess and monitor management effectiveness?

This year, the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources celebrates 100 years of UC Cooperative Extension serving as a research and outreach partner in communities throughout California. For an interesting read on this rich history and the evolution of UC rangeland management perspectives, see M. George, and W. J. Clawson's The History of UC Rangeland Extension, Research, and Teaching: A Perspective (2014). Additionally, UC ANR California Rangelands Website includes a free Annual Rangeland E-book; current project descriptions, publications, and online learning modules:

Maintaining and improving environmental quality on public and private land requires an informed strategy that encourages stewardship by land owners and community members. In present times, we face the challenges of managing land in the face of growing population, drought, invasive species, and climate change, just to name a few forces of global change. Out of necessity, our broader perspective on land management has shifted to one of “ecosystem stewardship” which is defined as a strategy to respond to and shape social-ecological systems under conditions of uncertainty and change to sustain the supply and opportunities for use of ecosystem services to support human well-being (Chapin et al. 2010). The stewardship framework focuses on the dynamics of ecological change and assesses management options that may influence the path or rate of that change. 

Tejon Ranch Conservancy California Naturalists help with a pipe capping project to keep small animals and birds from getting trapped (Photo: Scot Pipkin)
Using an ecosystem stewardship framework, the UC ANR's California Naturalist Program is building a statewide network of environmental stewards. The program is designed to introduce the public, teachers, interpreters, docents, green collar workers, natural resource managers, and budding scientists to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage these individuals in the stewardship of California's natural communities.

The California Naturalist Program uses a science curriculum which includes chapters in forest, woodland, and range resources and management, geology, climate, water, wildlife, and plants. Experiential learning and service projects instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state and serve to engage people in natural resource conservation.

UC Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station California Naturalists examine watershed maps (Photo: Jeannette Warnert)
Land management is the focus of many of the partnering organizations that offer the California Naturalist Program. For example, land conservancies and preserves are involved including, Tejon Ranch Conservancy, at 270,000 acres the largest contiguous private ranch in California; Pepperwood Preserve, a private rangeland preserve dedicated to conservation science in the Northern SF Bay Area; UC Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station, a forested research station in the Sierra; UC Hopland Research & Extension Center, a rangeland research and education facility in California's north coast region; and the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, a non-profit land trust in the Western Sierra Nevada including Fresno, Madera, eastern Merced, and Mariposa counties. Land trusts are increasingly responsible for conserving working landscapes and open space across the state and often rely on a trained volunteer corps to steward these valuable landscapes. UC ANR is pleased to advance training opportunities for those actively managing these lands.

California Naturalists trained at these locations and more are involved in ecosystem stewardship, rangeland management, watershed restoration, and helping outdoor education programs that benefit the environment and people of all ages. Naturalists have donated over 13,000 hours of in-state service in the last three years. These types of stewardship opportunities are essential for the active adaptive management that both public and private lands need to ensure resilience and continue to provide ecosystem services that we all rely on. These trained environmental stewards are an important part of this growing community of practice who not only steward land but pass on critical knowledge about California's natural and managed ecosystems. 

Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

UCCE centennial celebration kindles media coverage

Front page of the Fresno Bee on May 9, 2014.
UC Cooperative Extension yesterday celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, the law passed in 1914 that created an organization to connect the gap between university research and people who can put it to use. A key part of the celebration was a Day of Science and Service, UC's largest-ever citizen science project.

The centennial anniversary and citizen science project spurred numerous media outlets to run articles telling the story of UC Cooperative Extension. A running list of centennial and Day of Science and Service articles, with nearly 50 links, can be found on the centennial website. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • The Fresno Bee ran a large photo by John Walker with a caption about the Fresno County celebration on the front page of the newspaper. Ten additional photos and a video were posted on the Fresno Bee website. The story also ran on the Modesto Bee website.

  • Reporter Elizabeth Case wrote a profile about the centennial and the 22-year career of UCCE advisor Rachel Long for the Davis Enterprise. Farm advisors are like doctors who make house calls to crops, the story said, answering questions about pests, illness and irrigation — though sometimes the cure takes years of study.

  • Modesto Bee reporter John Holland used UCCE historical photos to anchor his centennial story. "A photo from the early days shows a farm advisor in a suit, tie and fedora as he visits a swine farm in San Joaquin County," reads the story's lead. Stanislaus County Farm Bureau President Ron Peterson told the reporter, "The research they do is just invaluable to us."

  • The Santa Cruz Sentinel's Donna Jones joined a tour of the local agricultural industry on the centennial anniversary. At Prevedelli Farms, Sam Lathrop credited Mark Bolda, UCCE advisor and county director in Santa Cruz County, with cutting through political hysteria around light brown apple moth by bringing science to the forefront of the discussion. "Without his (light brown apple moth) program, we would be here under quarantine at all times," Lathrop said.

  • The focus was on counting pollinators in Janis Mara's article in the Marin Independent Journal. "Our food depends on pollination. Some of it is windblown but we mostly rely on pollinators like bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, moths, bats and flies," said Anne-Marie Walker, one of the UCCE Master Gardeners.


Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM
Tags: centennial (7)

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