SAFS Newsletters


Winter/Spring 2008 - Vol. 8/No. 2



Temperature effect on runoff and dissolved organic carbon in furrow irrigation system
(from page 1)

California agriculture’s role in addressing climate change
(from page 3)

New year, new research manager, new grant

Welcome to the Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems (SAFS) Project, Winter/Spring 2008, Vol. 8/No 2 newsletter, which presents research results from the UC Davis Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility and from the fields of cooperating farmer members. We start the year saying goodbye to Z. Kabir, who was the SAFS research manager for the last three years. We are grateful to Kabir for his excellent work. He contributed to all aspects of the successful SAFS project and team, and helped us secure important grants. He has begun work as a Staff Scientist at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. We won’t let him go completely, though, as he’ll be helping us complete research and outreach projects he initiated. Thank you, Kabir, for your many contributions.

I would like to welcome our new research manager, Martin Burger, who will be helping us move forward on the innovative work we are doing at SAFS. Martin was a post doctoral researcher in Arnold Bloom’s plant physiology lab at UC Davis, and will work with me, our 20 SAFS principal New year, new research manager, new grant investigators and UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors, several dozen farmers and many other researchers, graduate and undergraduate students. He will help guide our field research work and manage our research efforts at UC Davis and grower fields.

I am also happy to announce that we have secured a new grant for the SAFS project. The Kearny Foundation of Soil Science announced that we will receive $90,000 for a project looking at the positive effects of cover crop residues on water quality and water use efficiency in furrow irrigation. Wes Wallender, professor of hydrology, and I will be the principal investigators; we will primarily be working with Damodhara Mailapalli, who worked hard on the grant proposal with Kabir, Wes and me. We look forward to a good year of collaborative innovative research, and our continued work with the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) on outreach.

—Will Horwath, project leader

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
Principal Agricultural
Technician Supervisor
  Israel Herrera,
Project Technician     Stephanie Ma,

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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