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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

In a new study biochar helps yields, but only in the short term

March 14, 2017

Adding biochar to a farm's field is an irreversible decision, so understanding its long-term impacts is essential for farmers to make informed decisions.

Biochar, a charcoal created from organic materials burned at high temperatures and added as a soil amendment, has been shown to increase pH and soil fertility in areas with more weathered, acidic soils, like the tropics. But a new study shows its impact on productive soils like those in California's Central Valley may be quite different.

Biodigesters turn food into electricity, but can they also create fertilizer?

January 19, 2017

On a recent late-summer Wednesday, a freight container filled with cases of expired Muscle Milk protein drink awaited unloading at the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) while a front-loader scooped heaps of spoiled vegetables into a mechanical processor. Nourished by a diet of assorted food waste from the UC Davis campus and area restaurants and markets, READ harnesses the activity of billions of microbes to produce biogas capable of generating 5.6 million kWh per year of clean electricity for UC Davis.

Celebrating Leaders in Sustainable Agriculture

October 19, 2016

Mountjoy is being honored for his leadership in promoting practices and approaches that enable farmers and ranchers to be stewards of the environment. Mountjoy will receive this prestigious award at a ceremony at 5 p.m. on April 27 at the UC Davis Conference Center. The event will also feature a presentation by local farm-to-fork pioneer Patrick Mulvaney, chef and owner of Mulvaney’s B&L restaurant in Sacramento.