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Student Farm at UC Davis hires Katharina Ullmann as new Director

August 30, 2017

The Student Farm at UC Davis is excited to welcome Katharina Ullmann as the new Student Farm Director. Ullmann’s rich 13-year background in sustainable agriculture research and experiential education will provide excellent leadership for the farm’s 20 acres of organic vegetable, fruit, and flower production, its campus food security efforts, and its diverse learning opportunities.

Powers of Microbes

August 24, 2017
UC Davis graduate students get creative to teach farmers about soil microbiology

If you grew up in the 1980s or 1990s (or were a child at heart during that era), the famous Powers of Ten film likely left an indelible mark in your mind.

The film starts with a couple lounging on a picnic blanket and zooms out to the outer reaches of the universe, then back in to peer into the microscopic world of the human body: from white blood cells to DNA, and finally down to the proton of a carbon atom.

Meet David Lewis

August 23, 2017

Recipient of the 2017 Eric Bradford & Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute has announced that David Lewis, UC Cooperative Extension Watershed Advisor for California’s North Bay and UC Davis alumnus, is this year's recipient of the Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award.

In the News: Soil Health Research at Russell Ranch

June 06, 2017

ASI’s Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility has been home to groundbreaking research in soil health since the 1990s—a legacy showcased in recent media coverage.

Can we increase food production while also increasing the environmental friendliness of agriculture?

This question is increasingly on the minds of California’s lawmakers and farmers, and it is a central focus of the nearly quarter-century of research (and counting) going on at ASI’s Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility.

Microbial Underpinnings of Soil Health Workshop

May 25, 2017

Learn an overview of what exists for soil biology and new directions it may take, and discuss the relationships between soil and human health.

Farmworker Awareness Week

March 30, 2017
Meet Luis Loza Reyes and Gustavo Morales, two of the people essential to the success of our research farm

At Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, It’s almost time to seed corn and transplant tomatoes—the beginning of the busy summer growing season.  Russell Ranch functions as both a research farm and a commercial farm, meaning it’s important to grow high quality grain and produce for market, but the farm requires special attention to ensure researchers can design experiments and collect quality data.  For National Farmworker Awareness week, we want to introduce you to two of the

Heavy rains make the benefits of cover crops clear

March 14, 2017

Recent rainstorms demonstrate the importance of cover crops in maintaining soil surface conditions and preventing runoff.

Tony Rolfes, State Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS, Davis, CA

Sonja Brodt, Academic Coordinator, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program