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The mission of the agricultural sustainabillity institute

This is Science Today. The Agricultural Sustainability Institute at the University of California, Davis was established a few years ago to promote the vitality of agriculture in the Golden State, for both producers and users. Kate Scow, deputy director of the institute, says the concept is sustainability of the agricultural system.

Scow:              We do this through integrating programs in research, education, and communication and we're hoping to contribute quite a lot to early action on emerging issues in the state surrounding agricultural sustainability.

Narrator:        Scow says one of the issues is climate change, and how it's impacting California agriculture, which produces more than half of the nation's fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Scow:              So, we're looking for possible management tools that farmers can make decisions about, how much nutrients to put on and water and looking at the interactions between these two types of inputs and how best to optimize yields without depleting these resources too much.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.