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The University of California Cooperative Extension celebrates it’s 100th anniversary.

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The University of California Cooperative Extension is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year. It was established by an act of Congress in 1914 to help farmers, homemakers, and youth incorporate the latest university research into their lives.

A century later, UC Cooperative Extension advisors and researchers live and work in every California county and partner with local communities to solve economic, agricultural, natural resource, youth development and nutrition issues.

Throughout 2014, UC Cooperative Extension will host special events to celebrate the organization’s 100 years of science and service. The centennial kicks off with the speakers’ series at the World Ag Expo in Tulare.

The theme for UCCE centennial presentations on opening day, Feb. 11, is “The good, the bad and the ugly: Species in California,”

It will focus on species that benefit agriculture and urban landscapes. Speakers will discuss the use of natural enemies to control pests, insect problems that have been introduced into California from other countries, and the imminent threat of Asian citrus psyllid to the state’s commercial citrus-producing areas.

Presentations on the second day of the show focus on “Wholesome food for a hungry planet.”
Other topics that day include emerging diseases affecting landscapes and orchards and tracking pathogens in the fresh produce industry.

The final day of the show, seven UC presenters will address the theme “Sustainable is attainable.” The experts will discuss topics like nitrate and groundwater management, the potential for producing biofuel from California crops, and the adoption of new conservation systems.

For the complete schedule, click here.

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