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The USDA-ARS Crops Pathology and Genetics Research Unit and the Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California hosted a booth at the 104th annual UC Davis Picnic Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018. ARS Scientists gathered to teach children and their families the importance of healthy eating and keeping California’s crops and soil healthy.
Activities at the booth included- make your own microbe for the kids, guess the calorie amount in processed food, and ask a scientist about… soils, climate change, plant diseases, drought, water use in plants, crop genetics, nutrition, healthy eating, sugar, and microbiomes. This ARS community outreach effort touched 100’s of children and adults during the event.