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Recent Press Releases

The VINE announces call for startups to apply for field-trial support

The VINE, an initiative by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, is now accepting applications for its VINE Validation of Innovation Program. The program aims to support innovation in the agri-tech sector, particularly in climate-resilient solutions for California food systems.


Harvest-assisting robot wins Farm Robotics Challenge top prize

A robot designed to reduce farmworker injuries and streamline harvest took the top prize in the Farm Robotics Challenge 2023. The challenge spotlighted the exceptional innovation and technical prowess of students from universities across the United States.

Central Valley agrifood initiative F3 receives major boost

The Fresno-Merced Future of Food Innovation Initiative (F3) – of which UC ANR is an anchor institution – took a big step forward during the UC Regents meeting on May 18. The Regents unanimously approved the formation of F3 Innovate – a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit …

Dairy Industry Innovation Assessment Tool identifies most promising solutions

To identify market solutions to dairy industry challenges, The VINE and Wageningen Livestock Research – Dairy Campus have released their novel Global Dairy Industry Innovation Assessment Tool. 

UC ANR receives $1 million for VINE Climate Smart Agrifood Innovation Program

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has been awarded a $1 million UC Climate Action Innovation & Entrepreneurship grant for its VINE Climate Smart Agrifood Innovation Program.