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Connecting Merced Agriculture to Yosemite National Park
Author: Lisa Vallen


October 30, 2017


In 1926 Highway 140 construction was complete and it connected Merced to Yosemite National Park. During that time Merced’s farming community was facing some serious challenges. Merced County Agent John L. Quail writes in the narrative report for 1926-1927:

Many new settlers have been coming into the County during the past three years. For the most part, these people are entirely unfamiliar with the local climatic conditions and crops. The Irrigation District most recently completed has been settled largely by people who have developed land during a period of high costs... Many of those who have purchased land in the County during the past few years find that with the declining prices of farm products, their mortgages far exceed the sale value of their property. Many foreclosures have been made… This severe economic situation has had a marked influence on the Extension organization and has been a great hindrance to the extension program.

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“Flood!” and Other Interesting Finds from Humboldt Cooperative Extension Office
Author: Lisa Vallen


September 25, 2017


I visited the Humboldt Cooperative Extension County Office in June and will preview a few items of interest I found. Thanks to the staff at Humboldt for all of their help in identifying where the historical material was located and providing some context for the material.

An Agricultural Centennial: Farm Bureau & Ag Extension
Author: Lisa Vallen

August 17, 2017


August 21, 2017


On March 7, 1917 417 farmers in Merced county voted to start Farm Bureau and UC Cooperative Extension and by the end of 1918 they had 550 members in the County Farm Bureau and 42 members in the boys and girls clubs. Unfortunately, the 1917 Narrative Report has been lost, but the 1918 Narrative Report, written by County Agent J.F. Grass Jr., states:

The Annual Report of 1917 found the Merced County Farm Bureau only seven months old but well underweigh (sic) and in a good healthy condition. Many of its projects had been started but it was still to be seen how much was actually carried through to completion. This year allows another twelve months of development and we find it still in a very good health condition, with many fair sized accomplishments to its credit, and well on its way on some of the big problems facing the county, which are being taken up in a larger way than usual.

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Agriculture in California
Author: Lisa Vallen

February 28, 2017



Last month, UC Cooperative Extension Archivist, Lisa Vallen, covered the purpose and importance of the UC Cooperative Extension Archives. In this new post, she gives you an overview of agriculture in California and then focuses in on the three counties she is working with: Merced, Ventura, and Humboldt.

Preserving 100 Years of Agricultural Resources: Creating the UC Cooperative Extension Archive
Author: Lisa Vallen

January 26, 2017



Welcome to the UC Cooperative Extension Archive blog. My name is Lisa Vallen, I am the UC Cooperative Extension Project Archivist. I realize that not everyone is familiar with Cooperative Extension, so for this first post I’m going fill everyone in on the who, what, when, where and why of this special project!