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UC experts on World Ag Expo speaker schedule

Tim Hearden

Capital Press

The University of California Cooperative Extension will begin marking its centennial in 2014 by featuring 19 speakers at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., in February.

To celebrate its centennial in 2014, the University of California Cooperative Extension will have 19 speakers at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., in February.

Workshops during the free educational series will cover such topics as species that are beneficial and detrimental to agriculture, using World War I gardens as a model for modern food systems and nitrate and groundwater management.

“This is the most significant presence we’ve ever had at World Ag Expo,” UC spokeswoman Jeannette Warnert said. “We’re really excited about this. We’re hoping to get people to come and listen to the things we’re doing around the state.”

Now in its 47th year, the World Ag Expo is the world’s largest agricultural exposition. The 2013 event touted more than 1,400 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds, according to the expo’s website.

Exhibitor signups are now being taken for the 2014 event, to be held Feb. 11-13.

The expo is one of many events in the coming year that will highlight the work of the Cooperative Extension, that was established by an act of Congress in 2014 to help farmers and others incorporate the latest university research into their lives.

Presenters at the expo will include Barbara Allen-Diaz, the UC’s vice president of agriculture and natural resources, who will speak Feb. 12 about building on UC research to help feed the world. UCANR associate vice president Bill Frost, a rangeland management expert, will speak about introduced species that threaten California’s prized wildlands, according to a news release.

On the final day of the show, seven UC presenters will talk about different aspects of sustainability, including new conservation systems for row crop producers in the San Joaquin Valley and the potential for producing biofuels.

Online

University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources: http://ucanr.edu

World Ag Expo: http://www.worldagexpo.com



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