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Student Assistant Chelsy Bautista reflects on CARA project
Author: Chelsy Bautista


December 12, 2022


Chelsy Bautista, an undergraduate at UC Merced, works on the California Agricultural Resources Archive project as a student assistant at the UC Merced Library. This month, as she prepares to graduate, she shares her reflection on what the project has meant to her.

Exploring the imagery of UC Cooperative Extension in Mariposa County
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch


November 10, 2022


This past month, the UC Merced Library made 1,133 digitized photographs from the UC Cooperative Extension, Mariposa County collection available in the UC Cooperative Extension Archive.

A Century of Impact in California's Counties: Highlights from the University of California Cooperative archive
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch


September 26, 2022


A new photography exhibit has opened on the 4th floor of the UC Merced Library. A Century of Impact in California's Counties: Highlights from the University of California Cooperative archive features photographs from the California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA), showcasing the University of California’s work over the past 100 years to improve agricultural practices, support youth development, and promote broader civic engagement.

Problem Solving in San Joaquin County: early twentieth century UC Cooperative Extension projects
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch


July 27, 2022


Over 300 additional items were uploaded to Calisphere, our online repository, that reveal the ways in which work carried out by UC Cooperative Extension, since 1914, reached residents and supported rural communities in San Joaquin County.

Group with prize-winning cow, circa 1963. Merced County UC Cooperative Extension Records.
Highlights for National Dairy Month
Author: Sophia LaMonica


June 17, 2022


June has been celebrated as National Dairy Month since 1937 to promote drinking milk and to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus.

A search for "dairy" in UC Merced Library's California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA) yields nearly 400 digitized resources documenting the state's history of research and development in the dairy industry. Annual narrative reports of county agents, milk flavor and production cost surveys, cow census records, and dairy industry newsletters provide a picture of how California's dairy boom came to be.

New Awards for Regional Archives at UC Merced Library
Author: Emily S. Lin


May 14, 2022


In October 2021, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded UC Merced Library a grant from American Rescue Plan funds to support the California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA) project. In April 2022, the NEH announced it would award a $750,000 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant to UC Merced to fund a renovation project in the library that will expand its capacity to house archives and special collections documenting the Sierra Nevada and Central Valley regions.

Cooperative Extension Firsts in Modoc County
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch


April 7, 2022


Additional material from the Modoc County, UC Cooperative Extension Records, part of the UC Cooperative Extension Archive at UC Merced, have been digitized and made available on Calisphere. Found in the collection are copies of Modoc County Ranch Roundup, a newsletter dedicated to Cooperative Extension activities in the region.

From the Mariposa County, UC Cooperative Extension Collection: The 1988 Beef Checkoff
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch


March 2, 2022


The California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA) team digitized and placed online over one hundred items from the Mariposa County, UC Cooperative Extension collection including materials related to the 1988 Beef Checkoff referendum.

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From the Archives: 4-H Youth Development
Author: Emily S. Lin


February 28, 2022


As farm advisors fanned out across California in the 1910s and 1920s and developed programs of work with local farm bureaus, one of their key endeavors was enrolling boys and girls in local agricultural clubs. Early agricultural clubs, including calf, pig, poultry, vegetable growing, and home economics clubs, were formed to provide youth with hands-on learning experiences and demonstrate better agricultural and home practices. Merced County agent J.F. Grass attested in his 1920 report that these clubs successfully “aroused the interest of parents” and “stimulated farm bureau work in those communities.” Competitions were established to increase attention to purebred stock, better feed, and other farm improvement objectives.

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Processing of Modoc County’s UC Cooperative Extension archival collection underway
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch


January 12, 2022


The California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA) team is processing archival documents from the Modoc County, UC Cooperative Extension collection. Materials reflect the prominent livestock management operations in California's most northeastern county, as well as watershed restoration projects and the various activities performed by farm advisors and topic specialists.

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