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UC Davis ramps up new commercial venture formation with 14 technology startups in past year

UC Davis ramps up new commercial venture formation with 14 technology startups in past year

The University of California, Davis, launched 14 commercial startups during the past year to June 30 — the largest number of new ventures based on UC Davis technology to be started in a single year.

This represents an increase from eight startups the preceding fiscal year.

“Nearly doubling the number of university-based startups is a major milestone achieved by the Office of Research, working closely with entrepreneurial faculty,” said Harris Lewin, vice chancellor for research. “This achievement illustrates the huge potential of our faculty for driving economic development, and is in perfect alignment with Chancellor Linda Katehi’s goals for the campus, and the recent emphasis on technology transfer by our new University of California president, Janet Napolitano.”... Read More

Yolo County Releases 2013 Crop Report

Yolo County Releases 2013 Crop Report

This week, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors received the 2013 Yolo County Agricultural Report – an annual report which summarizes the acreage, production and gross valuation of all agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2013.  The total gross valuation for all agricultural commodities in 2013 was $721,636,091; an all-time high and an increase of 12.89% from 2012.

“These production figures reflect an overall higher price per unit for commodities and increases in acreage,” said Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner John Young.  “Field labor, processing, transporting, marketing and other farm-related services significantly multiply the value agriculture has to our county.”

Subsidized Employment Program Helps Employers and Job-Seekers

Subsidized Employment Program Helps Employers and Job-Seekers

Employers in Yolo County now have an opportunity to cut employment costs by hiring Yolo County residents through the county’s Subsidized Employment Program.  This new program, administered through the Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services, incentivizes local employers while assisting eligible low-income job seekers otherwise unable to find employment.

The Subsidized Employment Program reimburses participating employers eligible employee wages for up to a year through the CalWORKs Employment Services Program.  Jobs made available through the program are not meant to displace current employees, and may be, but are not limited to, entry level positions.  While the Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services provides potential employee applicants to participating employers, the employer is fully in control of deciding who to hire.  The employee is also responsible for providing supervision and training.

Farm Fresh To You offers farm tour and benefit dinner

Farm Fresh To You offers farm tour and benefit dinner

.... Farm Fresh To You will hold two farm events in ..... Read More

Global food safety agreement signed by China and UC Davis

Global food safety agreement signed by China and UC Davis

UC Davis will be partnering with Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Yangling, Shaanxi.

Officials from China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Shaanxi province, and the University of California, Davis, signed a memorandum of agreement that lays the groundwork for establishing the Sino-U.S. Joint Research Center for Food Safety in China.

The signing ceremony was held in the city of Yingchuan, China, during a meeting between high-level officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology... Read More

What Happens at Startup Grind Doesn’t Stay at Startup Grind!

What Happens at Startup Grind Doesn’t Stay at Startup Grind!

Guest blog post by Rich Foreman, Founder and CEO of Apptology and Sacramento Chapter Director of Startup Grind Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs. I started..... Read More

Echiburu Appointed Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services Director

Echiburu Appointed Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services Director

Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock has announced the appointment of Lautaro “Taro” Echiburu as director of the newly configured Department of Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services. 

As of July 1, the division of Environmental Health will merge with the divisions of Planning and Building, Public Works and Integrated Waste Management to form the Department of Planning, Public Works and Environmental Services.  For the next six months, Environmental Health will remain in its current location at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.  In 2015, it will join Planning and Building, located at 292 W. Beamer Street in Woodland, to provide its customers a more efficient process for permit applications.