UC-Davis Dropping Small Farm Program

The University of California’s Small Farm Program (SFP) will close at the end of December after 30 years of providing support to growers around the state.

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The decision was the result of efforts to address a $9 million budget shortfall in the university’s division of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the coming year.

Advisers will continue to receive funding, but the program will lose support staff responsible for writing and managing grant proposals, according to program director Shermain Hardesty. “Since 2000, we have generated $2.2 million in grants, which is used to fund advisers’ research and most of our workshops,” she said. “The advisers will lose a lot of their support, which means they will be much more limited in their work and in communicating with farmers in their area.”

Most of the other programs received only a 20% funding cut, while SFP was cut completely. “We weren’t give a reason for why this decision was made,” Hardesty said.

More than 85% of the farms in California are classified as small, bringing in an annual revenue of less than $250,000. “Small farmers don’t have the resources to get the assistance they need,” Hardesty said. “They can’t afford to pay consultants for advice on pest control or putting together a business plan, and our program provides these resources.”

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Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Well how much fun it will be when we are eating all food grown out of our Country.

Very sorry to hear this, keep the faith.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Everyone knows that milk comes from the grocery
store.
All Fruits and Vegetables come from the produce
dept.
When did anyone know or care about the
little ole farmer ?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

We have done this to ourselves. CA, NY, MI, OH, and others have spent, spent, spent. Govts do not generate income, only the private sector. When the govt (Including the state funded colleges and universities)become larger than the private sector then the flow of money dries up. The private sector is the only income generating sector. You can only squeeze these companies and their employees for so much money before they collapse and the employees become unemployed. Now the unemployed need money to get by and who provides that? The govt. Where does the govt get it besides the people? They borrow massive amounts of money from wealthy nations like China. Money that needs to be paid back with INTEREST. The grant writers at UC Davis are asking for grants from where? The govt. Once again where does the govt get the money? One could say the govt employees,(yes college and university employees are govt employees) are paying their fair share of taxes but it is a case of diminishing returns. Our country won’t come out of this until we balance the spending of the govt with the income being generated in the private sector. Sad day but inevitable.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

We wonder what industry giant is represented in the decision board at UC? Accountablility is everything when bad decisions of this magnitude are handed down. The sad part of this is that the students at UC are going to graduate into a world that demands knowledge of small farm operatins and sustainable practices. Funny how todays university decision makers are so out of touch with the real world – how yeah I forgot that they are government employees!
Surprise, Surprise

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

where’s california going to gets dollars? high tech no india ,manufacturing no china! how about what built civilization great ag ! they have fantastic climate soil. come on

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Not sure this is a bad thing. Govt programs don’t need to be “free.” Things handed out for free are taken for granted. Small token fees for services, for example, would insure info and services are taken seriously

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Well how much fun it will be when we are eating all food grown out of our Country.

Very sorry to hear this, keep the faith.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Everyone knows that milk comes from the grocery
store.
All Fruits and Vegetables come from the produce
dept.
When did anyone know or care about the
little ole farmer ?

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

We have done this to ourselves. CA, NY, MI, OH, and others have spent, spent, spent. Govts do not generate income, only the private sector. When the govt (Including the state funded colleges and universities)become larger than the private sector then the flow of money dries up. The private sector is the only income generating sector. You can only squeeze these companies and their employees for so much money before they collapse and the employees become unemployed. Now the unemployed need money to get by and who provides that? The govt. Where does the govt get it besides the people? They borrow massive amounts of money from wealthy nations like China. Money that needs to be paid back with INTEREST. The grant writers at UC Davis are asking for grants from where? The govt. Once again where does the govt get the money? One could say the govt employees,(yes college and university employees are govt employees) are paying their fair share of taxes but it is a case of diminishing returns. Our country won’t come out of this until we balance the spending of the govt with the income being generated in the private sector. Sad day but inevitable.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

We wonder what industry giant is represented in the decision board at UC? Accountablility is everything when bad decisions of this magnitude are handed down. The sad part of this is that the students at UC are going to graduate into a world that demands knowledge of small farm operatins and sustainable practices. Funny how todays university decision makers are so out of touch with the real world – how yeah I forgot that they are government employees!
Surprise, Surprise

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

where’s california going to gets dollars? high tech no india ,manufacturing no china! how about what built civilization great ag ! they have fantastic climate soil. come on

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Not sure this is a bad thing. Govt programs don’t need to be “free.” Things handed out for free are taken for granted. Small token fees for services, for example, would insure info and services are taken seriously