Category Archives: Agriculture

A Career in Beer is Near

San Diego’s beer business is booming as the city is becoming known as the craft brew capital of the nation.

The beer industry brought San Diego $680.8 million in sales in 2011 and totaled $299.5 million in wages, contracts, and capital expenses.  In 2011, there were 52 licensed breweries in San Diego county and since then 33 more licenses have been issued. As the industry grows, many new jobs are created and UC San Diego Extension is offering a way for you to get your foot in the door.

Watch this discussion, titled “Is Beer in your Career?” as some of the leading regional brewers, including Stone Brewing Company CEO and co-founder Greg Koch, Lost Abbey brewer Tomme Arthur, Ballast Point brewer and co-founder Yuseff Cherney, and the founder of White Labs Inc. Pure Yeast and Fermentation, Chris White, discuss the opportunities for those who wish to have a future in the craft brewing scene and the future of the industry itself.

Want more from inside the beer industry? UC San Diego Extension is offering a Brewing Certificate that will teach you everything you need to know to be a professional brewer. Also, catch some candid moments with Greg Koch.

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Ecology, Agriculture, Travel and Love

When they began their studies at UC Santa Barbara in the 1980s, Greg Massa and Raquel Krach would never have imagined themselves where they are today: growing organic crops on a family farm outside of Chico, CA. But a tropical biology program in Costa Rica sparked an appreciation of the role of ecology in agriculture and kindled a love – for farming and for each other – that set a new trajectory for their lives.

Relive their story by watching “Changing Lives — Back to the Farm,” the final installment in UCTV Prime’s series “Going Places: UC Education Abroad.”

Hopefully the six stories we’ve shared have given you the travel bug. Learn more about UC’s Education Abroad Program — and make sure you send us a postcard!

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Silent Spring’s Legacy: Alternatives to Insecticides

To mark the 50th anniversary of “Silent Spring,” Rachel Carson’s landmark book that helped launch the environmental movement, the San Diego-based Center for Ethics in Science and Technology is kicking off a new lecture series highlighting the legacy and progress Carson’s work helped create.

In the first talk in the series, Stephen Welter of San Diego State University focuses on biologically-based alternatives to insecticide use in American agriculture that also consider non-target environmental effects, worker safety issues, and consumer needs as well as the more traditional models of economic trade-offs.

Watch “Alternatives to Insecticides: High Impact Solutions Without Environmental Trade-offs” and check out all the videos in the “Exploring Ethics” series.

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The Future of Farming: High-Tech Agriculture

Today we share the fourth and final installment in our UCTV Prime series “9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming.

In a world of advanced technology, science, and environmental concern, we visit students who have a vision for the future of farming and are working to create high-tech tools to help make agriculture more precise.  We also take a look at plant genetics, biotechnology, and a unique couple – an organic farmer and a plant geneticist –both of whom work at UC Davis and strongly believe that the two traditionally opposing sides actually have the same goals.

Watch “High-Tech Agriculture – 9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming” on UCTV Prime.

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Keeping It Green – The Future of Farming, Part 3

There’s no question agriculture has a considerable environmental footprint.

In the third installment of the UCTV Prime series “9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming,” you’ll see how UC Davis researchers are working with farmers across the state to find ways to reduce that impact. We’ll talk about water, soil and air and we’ll take a look at the “Bovine Bubbles” that brought one UC Davis researcher international attention and “cleared the air” when it comes to how much gas cows really produce.

Watch “Keeping It Green – 9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming,” only on UCTV Prime, the University of California’s YouTube original channel. Stay tuned next week for the fourth and final installment in this series!

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