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California Farm Bureau recognizes longtime
university official for service to agriculture

For many years, Steve Nation has aided farmers and ranchers through his work with the University of California (UC). His efforts on land conservation – and as a liaison between the university and the farmers and ranchers it serves – earned him respect throughout the state and led to a special award presented in December at the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Anaheim.

The state’s largest farm organization presented Nation with the President’s Award, an award given at the discretion of the president.

CFBF President Doug Mosebar said Nation, executive director of governmental and external relations for the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has demonstrated “exemplary” effort on behalf of Farm Bureau and its partnership with the university.

“Steve has worked closely with Farm Bureau leaders and staff to create better opportunities for all of us involved in the business of farming,” Mosebar said.

Nation’s association with Farm Bureau began in 1979, when he became executive director of the California Integrated Remote Sensing System, a technology-transfer program co-sponsored by UC, NASA and the state of California. He worked with Farm Bureau leaders to promote satellite technology to farmers and ranchers.

Nation joined the state Department of Conservation in 1980, managing the Williamson Act land-conservation program and coordinating Resource Conservation District activities, later becoming the department’s assistant director and interim deputy director.

He also created the state Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program, which is certainly considered the most comprehensive of its kind in the country.

Since returning to UC in 1985, Nation has assumed increasing responsibility for governmental, media and constituent relations within the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In that role, he estimates he has made more than 1,000 farm visits and traveled to every county in the state.

Nation has also represented UC at California Farm Bureau board meetings and many other Farm Bureau events.

Nation plans to retire from the university at the end of February 2010.

“We wish Steve well in his retirement, but we will certainly miss his expertise, counsel and dedication,” Mosebar said, as he thanked Nation for his “significant service to the California Farm Bureau and to California agriculture.”

This article was provided courtesy of the California Farm Bureau Federation. The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 81,000 members statewide and as part of today’s nationwide network of more than five million Farm Bureau members.


University of California releases
new rice publication

A new manual, titled Rice Quality Handbook, compiled by Farm Advisor Randall G. Mutters and Agricultural Engineering Specialist James F. Thompson, recently has been published by the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

It provides a step-by-step guide to producing high-quality rice from planting to postharvest. Inside this 141-page guide you’ll find information on:

• Rice quality considerations in the global market
• Choosing the correct variety
• Cultural practices
• Harvest procedures
• Effects of temperature and moisture content on quality
• Controlling insects during storage
• Controlling growth of molds/bacteria

The Rice Quality Handbook is a collaboration of University of California Cooperative Extension advisors, UC Davis faculty and researchers at the USDA Western Regional Research Laboratory in Albany, Calif.

Growers and operators of dryers, warehouses and processing operations will benefit from this information.

Everyone involved in producing this handbook expressed their appreciation to the California Rice Research Board’s generous funding of most of the research on rice quality. The California Rice Commission has funded the annual Rice Quality Workshop since 1999 and provided the funds to print this book.

Rice Quality Handbook (ANR publication 3514, ISBN 978-1-60107-662-9) is $40 and can be ordered by calling (800) 994-8849 or by logging onto ucanr.org/ricequality. Shipping and applicable taxes are added to the cost of each order.

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