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Desmond Jolly, agricultural economist, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Davis, has been reappointed director of the UC Small Farm Program. Director's Column: Jolly Reappointed UC Small Farm Program Director


Members of the Danish Agriculture Extension and Advisory Center visited with representatives of several UC Davis departments and programs to learn about different areas of agricultural outreach. Susan McCue, web manager, Small Farm Center, presented features of the Small Farm Center web site to demonstrate its variety of information technology transfer methods.

Desmond Jolly briefed various international visitor delegations on the Small Farm Program. Visitors included a group of farmers, researchers, and members of the legislature from Albania, led by Professor Velesin Peculi, rector of the Agricultural University of Tirana.

Jolly also hosted Darius Bartecki, advisor to the Minister of Economy, Poland, for an exchange on alternative enterprises for Poland's small scale agriculture.

Donna Frances, school principal at Life for Ethiopian Children in rural Ethiopia, visited the Small Farm Center for information about international permaculture and earthen construction for animal shelters.

Harold Baeten, retired biology professor, St. Norbert College, Wisconsin, visited the center and spoke with technical assistant Solomon Teklu about ways to assist Wisconsin family dairy farmers.


Michael Yang presents a 30-minute radio broadcast for Hmong farmers.
Michael Yang presents a 30-minute radio broadcast for Hmong farmers.
Michael Yang, field assistant, UC Cooperative Extension, Fresno County, received a Spot Award for his work as a Hmong translator for UC Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program classes. With two daysÕ notice, Yang stepped in to teach two evening pesticide safety courses a week for six weeks.

The Davis-based DANR Unit Employee Spot Award is given in recognition of a significant one-time contribution to its programs or departments. The award was cosponsored by the Small Farm Program.

Jennifer Weber, program representative, UC Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, and a member of the Small Farm Workgroup, also received a Spot Award in recognition of her extraordinary efforts in teaching classes for the same IPM project.