News You Can Use: Food Preservation Video Library, New UC ANR California Water Podcast, and More

News You Can Use: Food Preservation Video Library, New UC ANR California Water Podcast, and More

Here's news we hope you find useful, including food preservation resources, a new podcast, and a reading recommendation.


UC ANR and Citrus Research Board Co-Funding New Citrus IPM Advisor

The citrus IPM advisor will help fill the role of retiring UCCE citrus entomology specialist Beth Grafton-Cardwell and will be based at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center.

Per UC ANR's Jeannette Warnert, “The new IPM advisor will conduct a multicounty extension, education and applied research program and provide research-based technical and educational assistance to the citrus industry…”

Beth Grafton-Cardwell is well known to growers in Ventura County for her work on Asian Citrus Psyllid.

Read the full story.

Food Preservation How-To Videos 

As a result of the pandemic, we're seeing dramatically increased interest in “traditional” home arts, including gardening, bread baking, cooking and food preservation/canning. Because of food safety issues, finding science-based, reliable information is vital when it comes to home food preservation. 

UC ANR is helping by curating the best video resources in this area.

“To make reliable home food preservation how-to videos easy to find, a team of UC Cooperative Extension professionals and volunteers reviewed and aggregated research-based food preservation videos produced by Cooperative Extension programs across the nation on one website –”

Read the full story.


Water Talk Podcast

“Water Talk” is a new podcast from UC ANR's California Institute for Water Resources. Hosted by Drs. Mallika Nocco, Faith Kearns, and Sam Sandoval, this great new listen explores a range of topics related to water in the Golden State. Recent episodes have explored: 

  • California water law;

  • The history of Victory Gardens...and what's happening with gardening today;  

  • The food-water-virus nexus; and

  • Ranching and water in California

Check out the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google, or listen here.


And Speaking of Water...

H/T to Ben Faber for sharing this #goodread by Edmund Andrews: Less water could sustain more Californians if we make every drop count. 

“As climate change and population growth make drinking water costlier, here are six strategies to quench the state's thirst without busting its budget.”

It appears in Stanford University's Engineering magazine. 

Photo by Micah Tindell on Unsplash

By Rose Marie Hayden-Smith
Author - Emeritus - UCCE Advisor in Digital Communications in Food Systems & Extension Education; Editor, UC Food Observer; Food and Society Policy Fellow