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Zero energy green houses far from a silver bullet in combating carbon emissions

Apr 10, 2014
Zero energy green houses far from a silver bullet in combating carbon emissions

Zero net energy homes designed to send energy back to the electric grid may not be widespread but their adoption is destined to grow rapidly - and so are the many problems that come with them. That growth is quickly outpacing what the electric grid can...

Rains bring relief to Sacramento Valley rice farmer, but will it be enough?

Apr 8, 2014
Rains bring relief to Sacramento Valley rice farmer, but will it be enough?

Water is the lifeblood of a rice farm, and Sacramento Valley’s recent rains have given grower Tom McClellan a bit of hope that 2014 will not be a wasted year.


Water fills the central main drainage canal in rice farmer Tom McClellan’s rice field on Friday in Sutter County. Recent...

Rains bring relief to Sacramento Valley rice farmer, but will it be enough?

Apr 8, 2014
Rains bring relief to Sacramento Valley rice farmer, but will it be enough?

Water is the lifeblood of a rice farm, and Sacramento Valley’s recent rains have given grower Tom McClellan a bit of hope that 2014 will not be a wasted year.


Rice farmer Tom McClellan says he won’t know for sure how the drought has affected him until he plants his...

UC Davis geneticist tries to build a better cup of coffee

Apr 5, 2014
UC Davis geneticist tries to build a better cup of coffee

UCD geneticist Juan Medrano is keen on using genetics to plumb coffee’s taste, aroma and sustainability.


UC Davis geneticist Juan Medrano studies coffee. He and others hope to find the key to improving such things as flavor and mouthfeel. Improving disease-resistance of bean is also a goal.

Urban chicken problems come home to roost

Mar 22, 2014
Urban chicken problems come home to roost

Keeping backyard chickens may not be all it’s cracked up to be.


Angelina Jhai, 9, of Grass Valley, whose father works for Animal Place sanctuary, waits for people to adopt hens Saturday at Western Ranch & Pet Supply in Vacaville. As chicken coops have become chiq in cities, bird health...

UC Davis establishes center for coffee science study center; possible major to follow

Mar 7, 2014
UC Davis establishes center for coffee science study center; possible major to follow

Despite being one of the most traded commodities and most consumed beverages, coffee has few research centers in the U.S. The establishment of the Coffee Center at UC Davis is the latest addition. Local coffee roasters Temple Coffee and Tea and O...

Sacramento’s Taylor’s Market Growing It’s Own Fruit

Mar 2, 2014
Sacramento’s Taylor’s Market Growing It’s Own Fruit

In order to offer lower prices, Taylor Market in Sacramento is sourcing fruit and some vegetables from its own farm in Loomis.



Danny Johnson moves tree trimmings to a burn pile at his Loomis farm. He believes increasing produce supplied by the farm to the...

UC Davis museum collection primed to get its day in the sun

Feb 28, 2014
UC Davis museum collection primed to get its day in the sun

A new museum at UC Davis will showcase work from the art department’s glory days in the 1960s and ’70s.


Rachel Teagle, Shrem Museum director, right, and UC Davis Collections Manager Robin Bernhard examine a painting Friday by William T. Wiley and Terry Buckendorf, part of UC Davis’ art...

Insecticides linger in homes, study finds

Feb 25, 2014
Insecticides linger in homes, study finds

Exposure to a group of insecticide chemicals called pyrethroids is increasing, with the insecticides found in two-thirds of adults, children and homes tested, according to a new study led by University of California, Davis, researchers.

EPA proposing new rules – the first in 20 years – to protect farm workers

Feb 20, 2014

For the first time in 20 years the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new rules to protect farmworkers, including setting a minimum age on workers handling pesticides, new whistleblower rules and annual training for farmworkers.



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