First Organic Dairy Teaching Facility
The College of Agriculture recently obtained organic certification for its dairy facility at the Agriculture Teaching and Research Center (ATRC). The new dairy unit, managed by a team of students under Professor Cindy Daley, will be a seasonal, pasture-based operation milking 50 jersey cows. The college plans to expand the unit to 100 cows in three years.
Ag Students Excel
Luke Browning and Bryanna Fissori placed second and fourth, respectively, at the Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet in Monterey in December 2005. Melissa Green, Animal Science, is a National Beef Ambassador for the American National Cattlewomen for 2005–2006 as a result of placing second in a national speech competition. Green’s prizes include $1,950 in prize money and travel throughout the country to promote the beef industry.
Livestock Judges Score High
Coached by Professor Clay Carlson, the Livestock Judging Team was named High Team Overall at both the Western Fall Classic in Medford, Ore., and the Fresno Fair Judging Contest in 2005. Heather Clement received High Individual Overall in Medford.
Ag Students Travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand
Professor Lee Altier taught Food Forever: Comparisons of Sustainable Food Production Systems during the 2006 May–June intersession. The three-week course was held in northern Thailand, where nine students studied at Chiang Mai University, visited villages, and explored cultural sites.
Ag Professor Recognized
Brad Dodson was recognized as a Teacher of Excellence by the Superior Region of California Agriculture Teachers’ Association in spring 2006.
Michael Spiess received a $300,000 Bureau of Reclamation Water Conservation grant to expand existing supervisory control and data acquisition systems facilities and outreach activities to water districts.
Mark Horney and Spiess received a $208,000 grant for the evaluation of sub-watershed scale mapping of the exotic invasive weed Arundo donax.
Joel Arthur, Ramesh Varahamurti, and Spiess received a $90,000 grant to study autonomous farming using intelligent ground vehicles.
Richard Rosecrance, along with UC Cooperative Extension, received a $17,000 grant to research mechanical harvest of olives from the California Olive board.
Dave Daley received a grant for a regional beef identification academy located at the ATRC in collaboration with the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture.