Meet George Zhuang!
Fresno County's New Viticulture Farm Advisor.
Hello, my name is George Zhuang. I am the new UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Viticulture Farm Advisor for Fresno County. I am originally from China and did my undergraduate studies in Viticulture and Enology at China Agricultural University between 2005 and 2009. After that I began my graduate studies in Horticulture at Michigan State University where I pursued my Master’s degree focusing on cool climate viticulture. After I graduated from Michigan State University, I was offered the opportunity to gain additional experience as a viticulture intern at E. & J. Gallo winery
As for UCCE, the biggest challenge in the near future is to understand how to increase production (yield and quality) with fewer resources (water, labor and chemicals). Therefore, more research and technology are needed to help with the practical side of grape growing in the Valley to make the industry more sustainable and competitive on a global scale. As I begin my career as UCCE’s Viticulture Farm Advisor in Fresno County, my focus will be identifying and prioritizing the needs of the industry to shape my program.
It is a great honor for me to be offered this position. The tremendous work and impact made by my predecessors motivated me to apply for this job. I am willing to work with and learn from my current and emeritus colleagues from UCCE, representatives from the industry, and Valley growers to support the grape industry in Fresno. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to field visits, discussions, and meetings with stakeholders to learn from you and focus my program on important issues for the grape industry.
Kearney Grape Day 2015 Video
Click here to view the Grape Day video "Predicting Grapevine Fruitfulness through Bud Dissection" featuring George Zhuang!
The focus of the UC Cooperative Extension Fresno County viticulture program is:
Production and processing of grapes for raisin, the fresh market and wine
Production cost analysis
Cultivar and Rootstock evaluation
- Grapevine nutrition
- Pest and disease management