In a move meant to highlight the important roll agriculture has in the state’s economy, the University Of California Division Of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) will report directly to the UC President.
UC President Janet Napolitano made the announcement March 11, which means no longer will UCANR fall under the umbrella of the UC Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Historically, the ANR vice president reported to the UC president, just as the campus chancellors do, but six years ago a broader reorganization made the change.
“By taking this action, I want to underscore both the important role agriculture plays in California's economy and culture and the value the University places on its service to this industry,” Napolitano said.
ANR includes more than 700 academic researchers and 300 UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) advisors and specialists, based on campuses and in county offices throughout California. This year the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cooperative Extension. UCCE is one of the oldest in the nation, opening the first office in Humboldt County in 1913.
“Since UC’s earliest days as a land-grant university, ANR has delivered outstanding service and research innovations to California growers, ranchers, gardeners and youth. I am committed to enhancing those long-standing partnerships.”
“I’m pleased that the president recognizes the importance of ANR to the University and the state of California,” said ANR Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz. “We all look forward to continued service to the people of California and to strengthening our relationships with the agricultural community under President Napolitano’s leadership.”
ANR operates nine research and extension centers that contribute to breakthroughs in food production and processing that have increased yields, reduced irrigation and fertilizing costs, and eradicated invasive pests and diseases.
In addition, ANR manages the statewide 4-H Youth Development program, serving more than 150,000 young people. It also manages California’s Master Gardener program and community-based nutrition programs that reach 222,000 adults and children annually.