California

Our Farms, Our Future

The theme of the NIFA-funded Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) 30th Anniversary Report is “Our Farms, Our Future.” Taken together, the thousands of men and women who received SARE grants and shaped SARE priorities over the years have one objective in common: making American agriculture stronger and more sustainable.

Microbial Control of Insect Pests

While many insects are important to agriculture and society, some are serious pests that harm crops, livestock, humans, and the environment. The damage they inflict and resources to control them cost the United States over $120 billion each year.

UC Davis Students Breed Beans for Organic Farming

Graduate students at the University of California, Davis, have begun field tests on very rare commodities: high-yield, disease-resistant bean varieties that can thrive on organic farms.

Virulent pathogen Uses a Genetic Decoy to Foil Host’s Immune Defenses

Oregon State University is developing CRISPR gene-editing technology to destroy the genes in plants that cause the ongoing outbreak of sudden oak death in Oregon and California and other diseases.

Helping Barn Owls Help Farmers

Because rodenticides don’t kill immediately, barn owls can eat exposed voles, mice and rats and get exposed themselves, which may limit their ability to hunt and control pests. This is an example of one pest-control method affecting another, something Kross and a team of students from the University of California, Davis and Sacramento State are studying at five different California farms.

California Biologists Manipulate Genes to Control Invasive Fly

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a way to manipulate the genes of an agricultural pest that has caused millions of dollars in damage to high-value berry and other fruit crops.

Farmers and Consumers Benefit from Market Match in California

A recent study shows that California Market Match simultaneously reduced diet-related illness of California’s low-income shoppers and stabilized farming communities in some of the United States most economically devastated farming regions.

4-H'ers Help Those in Need

In San Benito County, California, 4-H members coordinated an effort to glean unpicked citrus fruit from local homes throughout the city of Hollister and donate the harvested fruit to the local food pantry.

Planting the Seed for Future Leaders in Agriculture Sciences

The STEM Engagement for the Enrichment of Diverse Students (SEEDS) program is a four-year effort to encourage underrepresented students, primarily Hispanic, to pursue graduate degrees.NIFA originally published this impact in the in the NIFA 2015 Annual Report.

RootDown LA Provides Community Access to Quality Food

RootDown LA, a community food project operating in three South Los Angeles neighborhoods with the help of the youth participants, works closely with members of the community to grow fresh fruits and vegetables and provide access to more quality food. NIFA originally published this impact in the 2015 Annual Report.