The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis is a group of researchers, educators, and agricultural extension professionals working to answer big questions on how to make agriculture and food systems more sustainable - in California and beyond.

Focus Areas

Our Focus Areas

Food and Society

We work to ensure that California residents have access to healthy food and communities throughout California thrive.

Agriculture, Resources, and the Environment

Through partnerships with farmers, interdisciplinary research, and innovative communication, we find science-based solutions to today's biggest environmental and resource use challenges.

Education and Leadership

We are training the next generation of agricultural leaders through classroom learning and hands-on experience.


Meet the Buyer

Los Angeles and San Diego area farmers are invited to tour wholesale produce markets and connect with potential buyers. Check our events calendar for details, and see our resources on how to break into wholesale.

Groundwater: The Crucial Challenge

Russell Ranch Director Kate Scow and fellow UC Davis faculty Thomas Harter, Helen Dahlke, and Toby O'Geen weigh in on the importance of measuring, managing, and protecting our precious groundwater resources.

Q&A with ASI Director Tom Tomich on the future of sustainability

Learn more about our Executive Director and his thoughts on linking nutrition and sustainability, collaborations with the private sector, and the power of young people.


Farm to School Tours for Policy Makers Lead to Active Policy Dialogue

In late September, the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program hosted a tour of Sacramento public school kitchens and gardens to introduce policy makers to Farm to School efforts in Sacramento and promote a dialogue around how policy can build a strong Farm to School network in the region.

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Upcoming Events
Remote Sensing of Evapotranspiration Workshop Feb 12, 2016 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM — UC Davis Conference Center (ballroom A)

Specialty Food Market Opportunities for Small Farmers Mar 06, 2016 - Mar 08, 2016 — Sacramento, CA

Tackling Food System Challenges with IT Innovation: ETH Zurich Meets California Study Tour Apr 10, 2016 - Apr 16, 2016 — Central Valley and Silicon Valley, Northern California

This one-week course will bring students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), a top 5 university in the world for science, engineering, and technology, together with students from California universities on a tour of some of the most cutting-edge companies and initiatives that are using information technology in innovative ways to address the most pressing food system challenges, such as global food and nutrition security. During the study tour of one of the world’s most important agricultural regions (California’s Central Valley) and innovation hotspots (Silicon Valley), participants will get an up-close look at how IT innovation is disrupting the food system with promises to address the coming challenge of feeding a world population of 10 billion people. Students are expected to bring interdisciplinary perspectives, open-minds, and critical thinking.

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Programs and Networks

Our Programs


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UC Davis
Davis, CA

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