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One California, One UC Davis
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CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE
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A rancher and a member of the UC Davis faculty sitting in a stand of oak trees

For generations of farmers and ranchers, a special relationship with UC Davis has borne fruit year after year.

In fact, the partnership between agriculture and the university has been key to making our state the top national producer for more than 50 years. This accomplishment mirrors our own standing as the No. 1 agricultural program in the world.

An assortment of fruits and vegetables
A vintage photo circa 1955 of a student caring for a cow

From our beginnings as the UC Farm School in 1908, we’ve taught and researched, pioneered and led. And we’ve collaborated with California agriculture for the good of the land and its sustainability.

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Partnership Grows Tomato Industry

California produces 96 percent of the country's processed tomatoes. Growers in the Golden State collaborate with UC Davis to keep up with pest, disease and water management.

Why Peaches Started Tasting Better

UC Davis plant scientist Carlos Crisosto works with growers and packagers to pick peaches and other stone fruits later in the season. Letting fruit ripen before being shipped ensures that it is consistently sweeter and better tasting.

NEWS

Four students standing in a wheat field, smiling at the camera. Springtime for wheat starts with a gene that ‘sees’ light

UC Davis scientists have discovered the function of a gene that allows wheat to discern the length of each day and night.

Pollination Ecologist Neal Williams preparing a research site. Champion of the alternative bee

It’s more the merrier for almond growers when wild bees work alongside honeybees, says pollination ecologist Neal Williams.

A hereford steer standing in an open field, turning back toward the viewer New cattle virus ID helps rule out mad cow disease

A cow virus that causes neurologic symptoms reminiscent of mad cow disease has been identified by a team of researchers including scientists at UC Davis.

Rows of bins containing nectarines Ladderless peach and nectarine orchards explored

Plant physiologist Ted DeJong and Cooperative Specialist Kevin Day help cut labor costs for stone-fruit farmers by developing shorter trees that produce as much high-quality fruit but don’t need a ladder.

A wheat field covering rolling hills with a lone tree standing in the left part of the composition Changing the future of food

How are we going to feed our world? Graduate students who come to UC Davis are biting off big pieces of that global question.

UC Davis professor of Plant Sciences Paul Gepts poses for a photo with common bean and lima bean plants in a green house at UC Davis. Bean genome sequencing yields uncommon findings

Plant sciences professor Paul Gepts helped sequence the genome for the common bean, shedding light on nitrogen fixation, how beans were domesticated and disease resistance.