University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

By Valley Ag Voice Staff 

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Department is a valuable resource for local farmers and ranchers. Along with credible, data-driven studies, UC ANR offers educational workshops and innovative solutions to common problems in the Central Valley. 


In partnership with UC Davis, UC ANR posts cost and return studies, showcasing a broad range of commodities produced in California. Cost and Return studies contain valuable information regarding the costs of production of a given commodity from operating costs, monthly and annual costs, establishment costs for perennial crops, and other costs associated with operating a farm. 

The UC Cost and Return Studies website has over 3,500 studies that have been maintained and archived since the 1930s. Cost studies are valuable resources for farmers, researchers, bakers, USDA agencies, rural land appraisers, and several other sectors of the agriculture industry. According to their website, the most important feature of the studies is the objective information it offers from members of the industry and established experts. 

Cost studies can be sorted by commodity, production region, or county within California. 


UC ANR also engages in timely research based on local issues facing the California agricultural industry. For instance, as the avian flu outbreak continues to cause concern among poultry farmers, the UC Cooperative Extension created a poultry health application.  

The mobile UC Community Chicken app offers information for raising healthy chickens, containing six educational modules. The modules provide information on health assessments, nutrition, vaccination, biosecurity, bird behavior, and husbandry.  

Users can also communicate directly with UC experts and other poultry owners through the chat and feedback buttons.  

UC ANR also posts frequent research publications, free to view and download. Visit the UC ANR website for the publication catalog and other educational features.  

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