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Conserving Farms is Good Investment

One of ASI's found board members, Rich Rominger, weighs in on the Agricultural Lands Program, whose funding future is currently in discussion. The op-ed appeared in the Sacramento Bee on October 13, 2015

Yolo County, where my family has farmed for five generations, has lost farmland to development, as part of more than 1 million acres of farmland lost in the state in the last 25 years.

Student Farm at UC Davis rated as one of the best!

College Values Online, an online college ranking system recently ranked the Student Farm at UC Davis as #6 student farm in the country. See how we stack up among the 30 rated farms.  

College Values Online rated 100 student farms across the country, and 30 of them met their requirement that the farm "demonstrate sustainability." Sustainability was measured based on:

Mark Van Horn receives on-farm educator award named in his honor

Mark Van Horn, director of the Student Farm at UC Davis was awarded the first Mark Van Horn On-Farm Educator Award, established by the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association and presented during the association’s recent biennial conference. In choosing future recipients, the association will look for them to share Mark’s passion for teaching sustainable agriculture and engaging students in the learning process.

Carol Hillhouse on gardening during drought

Carol Hillhouse, School Gardening Program Director and Ecological Garden Coordinator at the Student Farm was recently interviewed by Capital Public Radio on water wise tips for gardening in the drought. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it all starts with building healthy soil!

See the story here.

Viewpoints: Scientists are rising to the challenges of drought

This week, scientists from around the world are convening in Sacramento for the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting to discuss cutting-edge research for a sustainable future. The meeting comes at a pivotal time for California, as the three-year drought drags on. According to the latest Drought Monitor report, more than 58 percent of the state is experiencing “exceptional drought,” the most severe classification, characterized by extreme water shortages and crop loss.

Director Tom Tomich appointed to global science advisory council

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.