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

September 21, 2015

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

September 09, 2015

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!

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Viewpoints: Scientists are rising to the challenges of drought

September 02, 2015

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

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