University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

UCCE Centennial: 100 Years of Science and Service

"This is my 41st year growing crops in the Salinas Valley.  Every year…without fail…UC Cooperative Extension has been my local resource for research and education…they know local issues of plant health, pest management, productivity, nutrition and resource management that impact my crops."
Richard Smith, President Valley Farm Management, Soledad

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Recent evaluations show that youth engaged in 4-H excel to a greater level in school and in the sciences, make healthier choices, and are more active in contributing to their communities. - View More Facts

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Sonia C. Rodriguez

Sonia C. Rodriguez
Nutrition Educator, UCCE Butte County / Cluster

My Story:

My commitment to empower families in our rural communities attracted me to the EFNEP position. I graduated from Chico State with a degree in Computer Science. I worked as a bilingual teacher assistant to help pay for college. I worked in the fields in the summer. My first job after graduation was working with low-income families in the social service area. After working in affordable housing programs in eight rural counties in Northern California for 17 years, I was offered a job in Sacramento working with Fannie Mae in the loan modification department. After a year of driving to Sacramento every day, I decided to seek a job in Butte County, where I lived. I was fortunate to find a job with UC ANR in EFNEP. Working here compliments my commitment in helping people. Delivering EFNEP empowers low-income families live healthier and happier lives. It is important work!

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About UC Cooperative Extension

For 100 years and counting, UCCE researchers and educators have worked together with local community members to develop and provide science-based information to solve economic, agricultural, natural resource, youth development and nutrition issues. Some of our programs include 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardeners, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, and the Integrated Pest Management Program.

Here's to another 100 years of science and service!

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