Did you know that the median age of US farmers is now is 58? And that the number of people actually farming now equals just one percent of the population? As farmers, chefs, food vendors and policymakers gathered by the Berry Good Food Foundation explain, those trends are not sustainable. So what to do? How do you make agriculture attractive to young people? What will bring them back to the land? And how do you connect the rest of the community to their sources of food? Watch as these experts make the whole process of growing, harvesting, selling and serving food sound incredibly, what’s the word they used? Oh yes, sexy!
Sustainable California brings you more programs about how we use, support and interact with California’s natural assets.
With an over 700 percent increase in productivity in the last century, the California tomato industry represents 95 percent of all processing tomatoes produced in the US. That boom in productivity is due in no small part to UC Agricultural Extension efforts with California farmers. Learn more about conservation tillage – where cover crops or crop residue is left to decay aiding the bio-activity and water retention of soils, reducing or even eliminating costly or artificial inputs and improving the sustainability of this important crop. Watch Conservation Tillage Tomato Cropping Systems
And for a fun change of pace – if you’re out and about on California’s trails during your summertime adventures, there’s a chance you just might come across livestock enjoying the California landscape. A Year in the Life of a Cow, the third in the Sharing Open Spaces With Livestock series gives you a fun look at the life of a cow, so you’ll have a better idea what’s going on with that herd – winter, spring, summer or fall.
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.
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!
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.
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!