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UCANR points to help for Californians amid crisisUCANR points to help for Californians amid crisis

University moving quickly to get more information online

April 10, 2020

2 Min Read
Janet Napolitano and Glenda Humiston
University of California president Janet Napolitano and Glenda Humiston, vice president of the UC's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, speak at a conference.UCANR

Theories abound as to what life will be like when we come out of our current predicament. And who can say?

However, the focus for many is simply on dealing with the immediate. What can I eat? How do I visit the supermarket safely? Can I drink the water? I want to get outdoors, but is it safe? Can I garden? If so, how? How can I provide my kids meaningful engagement? 

In response to these pressing needs, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, like many other universities and extension organizations across the country, are moving quickly to get more information online. While I haven't seen the actual numbers, we know millions of students (both high school and university) are quickly transitioning to online classes.

In addition, millions are seeking information on topics from agriculture and food to gardening to nutrition to wellness. The activity behind the scenes is at times frantic. We at UC ANR already have large amounts of credible, practical “how to” information online, but we know we can provide more. Our 12 statewide programs and institutes (links below), along with our network of advisors and specialists, are moving quickly to enhance out virtual connections and getting more useful information online - videos, fact sheets, courses, etc. - to ensure our outreach continues. For example, the UC California Naturalist program already had its first virtual graduation. Advisors are providing virtual consultations to farmers and others. 

Related:UC urges cattle producers to take precautions

Do you need help navigating life during the coronavirus crisis? Explore our portal - ucanr.edu/covid19communityresources - to find information on gardening, safe outdoor exploration, food access, water and food safety, nutrition, wellness and more. 

Learn about our statewide programs:


Agriculture Ag Issues Center 

California Institute of Water Resources 

UC Integrated Pest Management Program (how to manage pests) 

UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program

UC Master Gardener Program 

Nutrition, food, water and wellness 

CalFresh Healthy Living, UC

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program 

Nutrition Policy Institute

UC Master Food Preserver Program

Enjoying the outdoors

Informatics and Geographic Information Systems 

UC California Naturalist UC Integrated Pest Mangaement - understanding pests of our environment 

Engaging youth and adults UC 4-H

Local assistance

Find UC ANR in your county

[Mark Bell is vice provost of strategic initiatives and statewide programs for UCANR.]

Source: University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. 

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