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Hike + Lunch = Fun!

Hi Everyone!
Hope y’all are excited for Presidents Day Weekend! If you’re staying in town and looking for a fun Saturday (2/16) day trip join us for morning hiking and lunch in Winters!
We will leave Davis at 9:00 AM for hiking at Stebbins Cold Canyon Trail! It’s a 4 mile round trip that should take us around 3 – 4 hours. After the hike we will get lunch at Berryessa Brewing Co! There is currently a low chance of showers, but we will keep you updated on the weather forecast.
If you are interested in only coming for lunch please indicate that on the signup sheet and we hopefully we can match you to a car.
Please bring hiking shoes, warm clothes, rain jacket, snacks, water, and your wallet for the trip! Please fill out the Signup Sheet and we look forward to having a fun-filled Saturday!
Sincerely,Social Team
Emily P. Johnson

New elected officers of 2018!!

The positions of President, Treasurer, Social Chair and webmaster have all been filled.  Position descriptions can be found here.

President – Paul Kasemsap

Treasurer – Steven Haring

Social Chair – Co-Chair of Emily Johnson, Marshall Pierce, and Taylor Nelsen

Webmaster – Laila Fayyaz

For the amazing contribution to the group, We would like to thank all the members of the officers team 2017/2018: Amanjot (treasurer), Mitchell (journal club), Laila (webmaster), Taylor (social), as well as Jen (our mentorship program coordinator), and GSA reps/alternates (Meerae, Steven, Michael, Jirachaya, Mengyuan, Juliya, Mitchell). Shout-out to all our past officers, as well as Astrid (our grad group chair), and our amazing Lisa (our grad group coordinator) for their great support!

Congratulation to all the new officers of 2018!!

Horticulture and Agronomy new officer candidates

Hello, Horticulture and Agronomy fellows,

Here is the list of your new officer candidates! These are all the   candidates that agreed to be nominated.

Please go cast your vote at (sign-in with UCD email)!

President: Paul Kasemsap

Treasurer: Steven Haring

Social chair: Co-chair of Emily Johnson, Marshall Pierce, and Taylor Nelsen

Journal club coordinator: Still open

Webmaster: Still open

The voting will be closed one week from today on 8/26 Sunday night. For the positions which are not filled. Please contact any of the     current officers.

Join the officer team of Horticulture & Agronomy 2018/2019!

What an exciting time to bring out the best in you to help shape the future of our graduate group and make the most of your grad student life at UCD! Make a nomination(s) at
The Call for Officer Nominations for 2018/2019 is now open and we are seeking candidates for the open positions of President, Treasurer, Journal Club Coordinator, Social Coordinator, and Webmaster. We’re also recruiting representatives to Graduate Student Association. Position descriptions can be found on the club website here.
Both self-nominations and nominating others are welcome at All positions will officially start at the beginning of 2018/2019 academic year.

GGHA Social Spring Quarter Events!!!!

With spring quarter just around the corner, we have been planning a few events to get people together! Each event has its own google doc linked to the event title with details and a sign-up sheet. Events right now are as follows:

There are more events in the making including a screening of “Farmers for America” in partnership with the Student Farm. Also, if anyone else wants to host an event feel free to email me and we can help set it up!

REGISTRATION OPEN: UC Davis Plant Science Symposium


Registration for the 7th University of California, Davis Plant Science Symposium (UCDPSS) is now open!

This symposium is part of the larger Pioneer Plant Science Symposia Series, which was started in 2008 as student run symposia at universities around the world. UC Davis has been involved since 2012, and this is our 7th year running. In those 7 years we have seen steady growth, attracting over 400 registrants last year. This year’s event is being held at the UC Davis Conference Center on April 16th.

This year‘s featured speakers include Dr. Lucia Gutierrez, Dr. Noah Whiteman, Dr. Elizabeth Kellogg, Dr. Amit Sethi, Dr. Dan Chitwood, Dr. Patrick Edger, and Dr. Stacey Harmer!

You can register for this free event HERE!

The UCDPSS organizing committee is also offering four travel scholarships for up to $500 each to graduate students or post-docs to attend our symposium .Successful applicants will be selected competitively based on their abstract submission and should be prepared to deliver a 5-minute flash talk focused on their submitted abstract on the day of the symposium. The scholarships will be used to cover travel to and from the symposium and accommodations during your stay.

Abstracts for posters and flash talks can be submitted HERE. The application closes March 10, 2018.

For more information, see the official webpage:

Please email Mitchell Feldmann ( or Scott Newell ( with any questions.

The UCDPSS Organizing Committee

Breaking into Farming: Challenges and Opportunities for Young Farmers

Please join us on Tuesday, December 5th at 4:10-6:00pm in PES 3001 for a panel on:

“Breaking into Farming: Challenges and Opportunities for Young Farmers”

This student-led initiative will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing young people exploring careers in farming, starting up their own small farming operations, getting involved with educational farms, or nonprofits. Our panel will run from 4:10pm-6:00pm with a short break and a reception afterward.

Please RSVP by filling out our short Google Form!

The event will be hosted by the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences as a part of the PLS 111: Agronomics and Crop Production course taught by Jeff Mitchell from UC ANR’s Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center (REC).  There will be a reception following the panel with light snacks and refreshments sponsored by the Students of Horticulture & Agronomy!

We are fortunate to have the following panelists share their personal and professional experiences:

Laura Reynolds is a recent International Agricultural Development (IAD) MSc graduate who just started the one acre Gillyflower Farm based here in Davis and is in the midst of running her first CSA season, focused on elaborate and delicious difficult-to-find salad ingredients.

Nathan Harkleroad runs the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)’s Farmer Education Course and supports farmers through their Organic Farm Incubator based in Salinas, California.  Prior to ALBA, Nathan worked in a number of roles at the Cal Poly Organic Farm, a student enterprise that provided a 300-member year round CSA vegetable box subscription service.

Dr. George Sellu heads the Agribusiness Program at the Santa Rosa Junior College and teaches several of the program’s core courses as a professor and soil scientist. Most recently he has spoken on CA recovery from fire damage, development agribusiness farming operations, and soil management.

Marisa Alcorta works with the Center for Land-Based Learning, coordinating the Incubator Program and provides mentorship and resources to farmers as a part of the California Farm Academy.  Marisa also works with local farmers and partner organizations on developing a regional accredited apprenticeship program.

Brian Schaefle has worked in agricultural lending for 20 years in the San Joaquin Valley with Farm Credit West and Yosemite Farm Credit. Brian received his B.S. in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and worked on a beef cattle feedlot before entering the banking world.