University of California (UC) president Janet Napolitano announced March 11 that the division of Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) will return to reporting directly to the UC president.
ANR "will report directly to the UC president, effective today. By taking this action, I want to underscore both the important role agriculture plays in California's economy and culture and the value the university places on its service to this industry," she said. "Since UC's earliest days as a land-grant university, ANR has delivered outstanding service and research innovations to California growers, ranchers, gardeners and youth. I am committed to enhancing those long-standing partnerships."
Historically, the ANR vice president reported to the UC president, just as the campus chancellors do. Six years ago, as part of a broader reorganization, the division was put under the umbrella of the UC Office of the Provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
"I'm pleased that the president recognizes the importance of ANR to the university and the state of California," said ANR vice president Barbara Allen-Diaz.
ANR includes more than 700 academic researchers and 300 UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) advisors and specialists, based on campuses and in county offices throughout California.
ANR operates nine research and extension centers in California that contribute to breakthroughs in food production and processing that have increased yields, reduced irrigation and fertilizing costs and eradicated invasive pests and diseases, the announcement said.
In addition, ANR manages the statewide 4-H Youth Development program, California's Master Gardener program and community-based nutrition programs.