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
|Crop Ecology||Louise Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Crop Production||Steve Temple, email@example.com|
|Economics||Karen Klonsky, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Entomology||Frank Zalom, email@example.com|
|Hydrology||Wes Wallender, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nematology||Howard Ferris, email@example.com|
|Plant Pathology||Lynn Epstein, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Soil Microbiology||Kate Scow, email@example.com|
|Soil Fertility||Will Horwath, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Soil & Water Relations||Jeff Mitchell, email@example.com|
|Weed Ecology||Tom Lanini, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Research Manager||Z. Kabir, email@example.com|
|Crop Production Manager|| Dennis Bryant, LTRAS associate director|
|Israel Herrera, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Project Technician||Stephanie Ma, email@example.com|
|UC Cooperative Extension||Gene Miyao, firstname.lastname@example.org|
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|Kent Brittan, email@example.com|
|Publications Editor||Lyra Halprin, firstname.lastname@example.org|
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