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Director Tom Tomich appointed to global science advisory council

August 30, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Thomas Tomich, director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, has been appointed a scientific adviser to the world's preeminent agricultural research system, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.

Isao Fujimoto to receive 2015 Bradford Rominger Award

August 30, 2015

Isao Fujimoto, lecturer emeritus of Community Development and Asian Studies at UC Davis, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award for his commitment to California agriculture, rural communities, and social change.

The prestigious award, given each year by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis, will be presented at a ceremony at UC Davis on April 23. The keynote speaker will be Navina Khanna, a UC Davis alumna and leader for food justice in California. 

From Data to Tomato

August 25, 2015

UCSB, the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, UC Davis researchers and PowWow Energy receive funding from the CEC to deploy an elegant method to measure groundwater use and to help growers deal with the state’s water crisis.

Russell Ranch staff and researchers

-- Press release by Sonia Fernandez, UC Santa Barbara

2013 Bradford Rominger Award Ceremony

May 22, 2013

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at UC Davis held its annual Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award ceremony May 22.


The institute named Rose Hayden-Smith of the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources this year’s award recipient.

Terroir of Russell Ranch

October 26, 2012

Russell Ranch recently participated in the Robert Mondavi Institute's 2012 Terroir Event .  The event, focused mostly on wine grapes, examined the current understanding of terroir -- the concept that soil, climate, topography and similar elements of a local environment affect the quality and taste of the foods we grow. 

So much of the focus at Russell Ranch is on soils, we thought it appropriate to share a bit about our own terroir with an infographic.

New video lecture from Tom Tomich on global agroecology

October 23, 2012

In 2012, ASI Director Tom Tomich co-authored an article with ASI Affiliated faculty members and UC Davis faculty about Agroecology from a global perspective in the Annual Reviews and Environment and Resources.