The RICs serve as a focal point for interaction between commodity industries and the research and educational resources of the University of California. They collaborate with researchers and help distribute knowledge for the benefit of agriculture and for the preservation of natural resources. The RICs disseminate information relevant to consumers, growers and processors. Brad Hanson is the department’s Vice Chair for Extension and Outreach.
Research and Information Centers are funded by the Ralph E. Myers Fund and the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, along with funds generated by the RICs themselves.