Donald Bransford, a third generation family farmer from Colusa, was honored with an Award of Distinction from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis on Oct. 14.
The award is presented annually to those whose contributions and achievements enhance the college’s ability to provide cutting-edge research, top-notch education, and innovative outreach. Bransford was acknowledged as a friend of the college. He and six other Award of Distinction recipients were honored during the 28th Annual College Celebration on campus.
Bransford grows rice, prunes, and almonds on 1,200 acres in the Sacramento Valley. He believes that environmental stewardship and agricultural progress go hand in hand and has demonstrated that belief in service to the agriculture industry and to the University of California.
He has served on the board of the California Rice Commission since its inception and describes it as a model for all agriculture trade associations because of its proactive approach to issues.
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As president of the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District, he led the effort to build a state-of-the-art fish screen to protect migrating salmon.
He also is quick to acknowledge the partnership between production agriculture, UC Davis research, and the applied expertise of Cooperative Extension specialists. “I am reminded every day of the importance of the university to my success as a farmer,” he said.
Bransford supports the university in many ways—through gifting, hosting farm tours, and serving on search committees and departmental reviews. He is currently the chair of the UC President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources and previously represented UC on the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching. ■