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15 Ways UCCE is Working for You

Channeling UC Expertise. Cooperative Extension collaborates with many UC researchers to help solve the current environmental, agricultural or quality of life issues affecting residents of Amador, El Dorado, and Tuolumne Counties.

Saving Soil. Techniques developed by the farm advisor keep tons of soil in place, preventing erosion and saving valuable topsoil.

Saving Water. Farm advisors teach farm and land owners ways to improve efficiency and to use less water.

Preserving Natural Resources. UCCE was instrumental in the creation of the Tuolumne County Resource Conservation District – now it it’s 6th year of operation.

Creating Jobs. Strong agricultural companies create new jobs. The research grants that UCCE brings into the county create job opportunities and an entrée for young scholars into the business world.

Brokering Solutions. Cooperative Extension is the neutral party bringing together entities who need to work together to find workable solutions to vexing issues.  Locally UCCE facilitated changes in agricultural zoning in Calaveras to allow hundreds of agriculturally related business opportunities.

Recovery from Wildfires. UCCE worked with with residents affected by the Angora fire to develop voluntary guidelines for replanting in the burn area and coordinated with other agencies to provide vouchers to residents to purchase plants at local nurseries.

Community Service. Youth in 4-H, along with their parents, donate hundreds of hours to creative local community service.

Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders. We certify over 300 adults state-wide to work with youth, using the latest research on youth development practices to instill qualities our young people need to succeed.

Patrolling for Pests. The UCCE diagnostic lab is often the first point of detection for new plant diseases and insects that could harm California crops.

Reducing Pesticide Use. UCCE farm advisors inform farmers about the most effective ways to treat pests. Using scientifically tested treatments can save thousands of dollars.

Feeding Families in Need. UCCE worked with local agencies to create the Calaveras Garden-to-Family program that provides excess fresh produce from local farmers and gardeners to a local food bank.

Promoting Science Achievement. Cooperative Extension’s multidisciplinary approach provides leadership and innovation through applied research, education and service in addressing California’s decline in youth science achievement. The 4-H SET Initiative provides innovative out-of-school models, curricula, deliveries, and professional development for effectively engaging youth in self-directed learning and discovery.

Supporting Military Kids. The 4-H Program reaches out to military kids, offering them fun experiences while cultivating their coping skills.

Promote smart gardening practices. Trained Master Gardeners provide practical scientific gardening information -- answering help lines, staffing information booths, creating demonstration gardens, and presenting workshops. They provide hundreds of volunteer hours each year.  Innovative practices can provide targeted local solutions.