2014 New Call for Positions
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.
034 Area Orchard Systems Advisor for Madera & Merced Counties
Proposed Area of Coverage
Madera & Merced Counties
- Roger Duncan - Main Contact
- Area Orchard Systems Advisor for Madera & Merced Counties (docx), uploaded 05/16/2014 by Roger Duncan
Farm Advisors are the backbone of the UC Cooperative extension service. The Merced Madera Counties are a very significant tree fruit a part of California. I am not sure on the total value of these crops grown there but I know it is substantial. The local Farm Advisor is a critical link from production agriculture to UC. I strongly encourage you to fill this position.
The California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, pistachio and walnut industries strongly support this position. A Madera based pomology farm advisor for the nut crops would allow for an effective regional approach to covering almonds, walnuts, and pistachios in the Southern San Joaquin Valley (Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern Counties). As of 2013, our bearing acreage in this area is over 600,000, and acreage is growing rapidly with many new tree nut growers. Our crops have been underserved by pomology farm advisors for a number of years. Currently there are only three pomology farm advisors covering nut crops in the Southern San Joaquin. A Kern County Farm Advisor is slated for hiring in fall of 2014 – a position that has been vacant for eighth years. The Kern County hire along with this proposed Merced-Madera position would create a team of five UCCE pomologists that could cover the three nut crops in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. The position description details in part the redistribution of assignments. Besides Kern County noted above, this proposed position addresses two key deficiencies that could be corrected as part of a South San Joaquin regional approach: First, the current Fresno County position is covering too much; and second, the current void in Kings County resulting from the recent retirement of Bob Beede.
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