SAFS Newsletters
Fall 2005 - Vol. 6/No. 1


*Managing the soil food web, water conservation*

These articles continue the SAFS’ project efforts to provide information on farming practices and research that address environmental issues in California agriculture. The page one article focuses on the importance of food webs in alternative farming systems and the need for a transition following conventional ag practices. See the page three article for information on how winter cover crops and conservation tillage may help farmers who are now accountable for pollutants draining off their land.


Managing the soil food web in legume-vegetable rotations
(from page 1)

Sustainable ag research highlights differences among water conservation management practices
(from page 3)

Director Search: UC Davis and the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) are seeking a director of the UCD Agricultural Sustainability Institute (including existing campus sustainable ag projects) and the ANR Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). The selected candidate will be appointed as a full professor and the first holder of the UC Davis W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems. For more information about the position see

SAFS Principal Investigators
Crop Ecology     Louise Jackson,
Crop Production     Steve Temple,
Economics     Karen Klonsky,
Entomology     Frank Zalom,
Hydrology     Wes Wallender,
Nematology     Howard Ferris,
Plant Pathology     Lynn Epstein,
Soil Microbiology     Kate Scow,
Soil Fertility     Will Horwath,
Soil & Water Relations     Jeff Mitchell,
Weed Ecology     Tom Lanini,

SAFS Technical Staff
Research Manager     Z. Kabir,
Crop Production Manager     Dennis Bryant, LTRAS associate director
Web Content Development     Sam Prentice,

SAFS Technical Advisors
UC Cooperative Extension     Gene Miyao,
Farm Advisors, Yolo &  
Solano Counties  
  Kent Brittan,
Jim Durst,; Scott Park,; Frank Muller,; Bruce Rominger,; Ed Sills,; Tony Turkovich,

UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP) Cooperating Outreach Staff
Publications Editor     Lyra Halprin,
Web Development     James Cannon,

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