Agriculture

Supporting First-generation Ranchers in Coping with Drought and Climate Change

March 12, 2020
Leslie Roche and colleagues tell how new ranchers confront drought. Climate adaptation is important in agricultural systems, but new ranchers aren’t able to benefit from information passed down from multi-generational ranching families. First-generation ranchers are often young, female, and diverse, with different goals and needs.

VIDEO: African Plant Breeding Academy, UC Davis

February 10, 2020
The African Plant Breeding Academy, UC Davis, created a video of learning experiences in the professional certificate program. The program is taught by world-class scientists, including several from UC Davis. Professional breeders who took the course give overviews of the science, skills, projects, networking, and collaboration opportunities they learned.

Taking a Byte Out of Big Data in Farming

February 06, 2020
Troy Magney, Dept. of Plant Sciences, is using methods such as hyperspectral imaging – a remote sensing technique – to measure plant water stress, nutrient status, biomass, and photosynthesis in order to make informed decisions about water and fertilizer management. This is important for global agriculture in the future.

National Hemp Day, February 4

February 04, 2020
National Hemp Day is February 4. Hemp has had a great historical importance for rope and canvas and was a required agricultural crop in the fledgling U.S. in the 1600s. UC Davis is now pursuing the many scientific, agricultural, and medicinal uses of hemp and cannabis.

Small Grain Growers Have Seasonal Harvest Options (Mark Lundy Research)

December 19, 2019
Flexible harvest options may allow growers to plant small grains in the winter, rather than fallow ground, out of concern that there will not be adequate water or strong markets to justify the crop. Research by Plant Sciences faculty member Mark Lundy.

Kester, a Productive Late Bloom Almond Variety from University of California, Davis

November 21, 2019
Kester almond was developed at the University of California, Davis, Almond Breeding Program with support from the Almond Board of California. The program was developed to breed new varieties and germplasm to meet the emerging needs of the expanding California almond industry. Professor Tom Gradziel in Plant Sciences, has conducted much of the research.

Plant Adaptation and California’s Changing Environment

November 08, 2019
Gail Taylor, professor and department chair, spoke to a packed meeting at UC Center Sacramento on “Plant Adaptation to Climate Change in California,” focusing on potential climate change impacts on agriculture. The center educates future policy-makers and leaders in the craft of politics and policy-making.

One Health Day Symposium Includes Amanda Crump Expertise on International Agricultural Development

October 29, 2019
Professor Amanda Crump, Plant Sciences, will be a panelist at the One Health Symposium at UC Davis on Saturday, Nov. 2. She will be on the ‘Political Interfaces and One Health’ panel. Crump teaches classes on International Agricultural Development, and has a research focus on critical pedagogies for vulnerable people in agriculture.