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2014 New Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

024 Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor - Placer and Nevada Counties

Proposed Location/Housing

Primary home would be Auburn, CA (Placer County). There is an Extension office in Grass Valley (Nevada County) as well.

Proposed Area of Coverage

Placer and Nevada Counties

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Comments

19 Comments

1
I am the District Administrator/Manager for the Nevada County Resource Conservation District (NCRCD). My organization has been in Nevada County for over 70 years and we have always worked closely with the UC Extension Natural Resource Farm Advisor. In fact, I do not know how my organization and dozens of others like us could be as effective in our jobs without the support and expertise of a Farm Advisor. Roger Ingram has been a very accessible advisor and partner for years and we rely on UC Extension countless times throughout the year. I highly encourage you to continue this extremely valuable position for the benefit of Nevada and Placer Counties.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 8:19 AM by Jan Blake
2
I share an office with UCCE and consider them to be an essential partner in providing support to Placer County's agricultural community. I rely on support from UCCE on a daily basis to help me in making critical decisions regarding regulatory enforcement, economic trends, pest management, and a host of other topics. Placer County has nearly 150,000 acres of rangeland and pasture, as well as 14,400 cattle and 9,000 sheep. Having a farm advisor who specializes in livestock, rangeland and pasture management is essential to the agricultural community of Placer County. I wholeheartedly support continuing this position for Placer and Nevada Counties.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 9:16 AM by Josh Huntsinger - Placer County Agricultural Commissioner
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As Managing Partner of Dusty Trail Ranch, the Cattle Industry representative on the Nevada County Agricultural Advisory Commission, and former President and Executive Director, California Beef Cattle Improvement Association, I believe the acquisition of a person with the skill set stipulated for the Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor position is of paramount importance. Further, especially in light of the growth in small farms and ranches and the local consumers movement to purchasing locally-grown agricultural commodities. In addition, there is a demonstrated need for continued education of our ever changing community leaders, as a minimum; by inserting the constant reminder of the economic value agricultural provides our respective counties. Farmers, ranchers, local government, farmers markets, and locally-grown activities receive huge benefits from such a Resource Advisor. The Benefits are in the areas of business counseling, consulting on marketing opportunities, financial planning, advising on conservation methods, community education and outreach, functioning as an agricultural community spokesperson, and providing credible support to local and State agricultural associations. Furthermore, the Resource Advisor is a conduit for the transference of knowledge and information from the academic community as well as the experience gained and conveyed from the international agricultural community. More importantly, there is a continuing need to instruct/educate all involved with agriculture whether main stream or on the periphery as tools, techniques, and agricultural practices evolve and improve due to new financial, economic, and conservation challenges that test the farmers and ranchers ability to remain and survive in business. Needless to say, I support funding this position.

Terry R. Jochim
Managing Partner
Dusty Trail Ranch
Grass Valley, CA
Posted Jul 10, 2014 12:42 PM by Terry R. Jochim
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As the current President of the Placer County Farm Bureau, it is my pleasure to share comments in support of funding the position as proposed. In our May meeting of the Board of Directors, we saw overwhelming support and need for the position to continue in Placer/Nevada counties.
Personally, I have found the Cooperative extension and specifically this position to be a valuable tool for our Farmers and Ranchers. With technology and changes to our production systems moving at breakneck speed, it is essential for our folks to have resources available to keep them competitive and nimble in their marketplace. The resources, including but not limited to: workshops, seminars, printed material, etc, that have come out of UCCE have proved to be beneficial to the sustainability to our farmers and ranchers.
A few key issues facing agriculture from a long term perspective are an aging producer base and connecting with the consumer. I feel like UCCE has led the charge in our area at keeping farmers willing to accept these challenges and has come up with new ways to invigorate a younger population of farmers.
Specifically to this year, UCCE has helped educate alternative ways for producers on rangeland, irrigated and crop producers to be more efficient in drought and I believe some of the resources that were made available by UCCE helped to minimize the impacts both from an economical and ecological standpoint.
In closing, the Placer County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and President support and encourage the funding of this position
Joe Fischer
Placer County Farm Bureau
Posted Jul 10, 2014 1:17 PM by Joe Fischer--Placer County Farm Bureau President
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Since 2000, Placer County has been implementing an open space and agricultural conservation program known as Placer Legacy. In addition, the County is nearing the completion of a habitat conservation plan and natural communities conservation plan, known as the Placer County Conservation Plan or PCCP. The PCCP will provide regulatory coverage for a range of covered activities for 16 species as well as programmatic compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act for waters of the United States. Through these two programs, Placer County has been increasingly focused on land stewardship issues on rangelands and oak woodlands in western Placer County. The UCCE program has been an essential contributor to the development of these programs, but more importantly, to their implementation. For the PCCP specifically, funds will be budgeted on an annual basis to contract for agricultural support services to assist with the development of habitat management plans for PCCP reserve area acquisitions and to obtain general advice on land management and stewardship issues on non-irrigated rangleands, irrigated pasture and oak woodlands. Nearly the entire reserve area of the PCCP (~40,000 acres) has the potential to be grazed (other than the rice and wetlands). While contract services can be found within the private sector to support both Placer Legacy and the PCCP, we believe that services provided through the UCCE are preferential due to the quality of the service that has been provided in the past, the academic peer community that is associated with the UCCE, and the network of individuals and organizations that is associated with UCCE staff support. Placer County is a rapidly changing community and having the support of UCCE staff for the agricultural community and the public/private land stewardship community will be essential in the years to come. On behalf of the Community Development Resource Agency, we strongly encourage the funding of this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 12:58 PM by Loren E. Clark, Assistant Director, Placer County Community Development Resource Agency
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During the Placer County Agricultural Commission’s July 14th, 2014 meeting, the commission discussed the need for a Placer/ Nevada Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor and voted unanimously in support for continuation of the position.
As a recommending body to the Board of Supervisors we count on the recommendations made to us that include researched-based facts that the Cooperative Extension Agents are able to provide.
We are often called on to verify the eligibility of farms to be included in Williamson Act conservation agreements. Extension Agents are relied upon to assist us in determining qualification.
The training programs that are provided by Extension Agents are vital to Placer County Agriculture and help it continue to be an economic driving force.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 1:12 PM by Wayne Vineyard, Chair, Placer County Agricultural Commission
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This position is critical for Placer and Nevada Counties. There is tremendous interest in establishing new livestock operations in our two counties, and this position is vital in terms of helping new producers gain the economic, husbandry and management skills necessary for success. In addition, this position would provide a unique blend of livestock, natural resources, and economics research and educational programs.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 9:55 AM by Dan Macon
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This position provides critical information, resources, assistance, and advice to the agricultural community in Placer County. And by "critical" I mean that there is nowhere else to go for the services, and without the services provided by this position the agricultural community in Placer County (including its impact on families, food, the environment, and the economy) would suffer immensely. Placer Land Trust and other organizations in the conservation community gratefully utilize the services provided by this position, and we fully support the continued funding of this position.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 10:21 AM by Jeff Darlington
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As a Land Manager for natural habitat and agricultural lands, I rely on the experience and advice provided by our regional Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor. There is no other local resource for organizations like ours to turn to for region-specific advice and council. Roger Ingram has been instrumental in developing programs and workshops that benefit the AG and natural resources community. It is often difficult to get AG producers and environmental groups together and work as partners. This position does just that. Given that both Nevada County and Placer County focus heavily on AG and natural habitat, I feel it would be a missed opportunity and a let down to the community to allow this position to go unfulfilled.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 10:40 AM by Justin Wages
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As a Land Manager for natural habitat and agricultural lands, I rely on the experience and advice provided by our regional Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor. There is no other local resource for organizations like ours to turn to for region-specific advice and council. Roger Ingram has been instrumental in developing programs and workshops that benefit the AG and natural resources community. It is often difficult to get AG producers and environmental groups together and work as partners. This position does just that. Given that both Nevada County and Placer County focus heavily on AG and natural habitat, I feel it would be a missed opportunity and a let down to the community to allow this position to go unfulfilled.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 10:59 AM by Justin Wages
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As a Land Manager for natural habitat and agricultural lands, I rely on the experience and advice provided by our regional Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor. There is no other local resource for organizations like ours to turn to for region-specific advice and council. Roger Ingram has been instrumental in developing programs and workshops that benefit the AG and natural resources community. It is often difficult to get AG producers and environmental groups together and work as partners. This position does just that. Given that both Nevada County and Placer County focus heavily on AG and natural habitat, I feel it would be a missed opportunity and a let down to the community to allow this position to go unfulfilled.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 11:03 AM by Justin Wages
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The California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (Rangeland Coalition) would like to express support for the Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor position in Nevada and Placer Counties.

The Rangeland Coalition is an unprecedented group of ranchers, environmental organizations, scientists and government agencies who are major California rangeland stakeholders. Together, signatories strive to enhance and preserve private working landscapes. We feel strongly a need for this position that working across disciplines will play an essential role in the development and application of science-based recommendations to maximize the provision of ecosystem services such as forage productivity, wildlife habitat, invasive species control and an adequate and reliable water supply for California. This position will provide critical insights to guide rangeland management, and outreach, along with playing a pivotal role in meeting the objectives stated in the Rangeland Coalition Strategic Plan.

Rangeland Coalition signatories are confident that this position would provide the expertise required to translate research into management recommendations to increase the viability of the ranching industry while protecting rangeland ecosystems in California.


Sincerely,

Pelayo Alvarez
Conservation Program Director
Posted Jul 18, 2014 3:51 PM by Pelayo Alvarez
13
This position is integral to agriculture in Nevada and Placer Counties. We use direction in all aspects of ranching and farming from livestock, natural resources, food systems, and economics. Working with agriculture and government organizations that help support the ever changing impacts to farmers and ranchers has been a huge benefit. Nevada County Farm Bureau support the filling of this position
Posted Jul 21, 2014 10:17 AM by Susan Hoek
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As President of the Tahoe Cattlemen's Association, I represent members from both Placer and Nevada Counties. Our organization strives to educate young and old with current legal, health and educational agricultural issues. Beef cattle production continues to be important in both counties. Cattle and calves are the number 2 agricultural crop in Placer County and number 3 in Nevada County. The Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor has supported Tahoe Cattlemen's Association educational efforts with Beef Quality Assurance programs that have been highly successful and continues to be the type of programming needed. This position provides critical support to local cattle producers on grazing management, weed control, health and nutrition. A very important program TCA sponsors is the Placer, Nevada and Gold Country Fair Carcass Contest. Thousands of dollars and belt buckles are awarded to junior steer exhibitors from the two counties. The Advisor is essential to us in that the data is compiled, analysed and presented in an unbiased and professional manner. Without the Resourse Advisor this program that has been in place for decades would be in serious jeopardy.

As land and water have become such an important issues in recent years it is especially important to continue to provide this position of Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor to all residents in our counties. The Tahoe Cattlemen's Board unanimously voted to support the funding of this position at the May Board of Director's meeting.
Sincerely, Dan Casillas
President Tahoe Cattlemen's Association
Posted Jul 21, 2014 10:45 AM by Dan Casillas, President Tahoe Cattlemen's Association
15
Since 1917 when the partnership between UC Davis Cooperative Extension and Placer County was established, the Area Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor (Farm Advisor) has played a critical role in agriculture and natural resources for Placer County. With Placer County providing over $430,000/year for high-level support staff and office space it is critical that this position remain filled so that we can continue to work together to improve our community including:

• continuing the Master Gardner Program which is now in its 32nd year,
• continue nutrition education for over 3,200 children in every year,
• provide over 165 hours of horticulture and small farms program training to more than 650 farmers and ranchers every year and,
• continue the Eat Local project which promotes healthy eating by buying locally grown produce which has reached over 47,000 consumers.

Placer County looks forward to continuing our great partnership with UC Davis Cooperative Extension for many years to come.

Sincerely,
David Boesch, County Executive Officer, Placer County
Posted Jul 21, 2014 12:56 PM by David Boesch, County Executive Officer, Placer County
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As Nevada County’s Agricultural Commissioner, I work routinely with the livestock advisor, collaborating on a range of issues and topics that support, expand and protect the agriculture in my county. Valued at $8.7M in 2012, livestock operations represent the largest agricultural revenue in Nevada County, primarily comprised of small family farms. We are fortunate to share with Placer County in the expertise of a Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor. The livestock advisor not only provides resources for new and expanding operations, but also offers ongoing expertise to experienced producers, including ongoing assessments and recommendations. I support the renewal of this position.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:48 PM by Jeff Pylman, Nevada County Agricultural Commissioner
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Roger Ingram, the current Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, routinely attends and participates in the Agricultural Advisory Commission of Nevada County. His continued input and advice into our monthly meetings shows his dedication to the continued health and expansion of our local agriculture. The livestock advisor has helped to shape policy changes regarding livestock and assists the Agricultural Commissioner is evaluating Williamson Act contracts. We support the continuance of the livestock advisor role into the future.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:51 PM by Susan Hoek, Chair - Nevada County Agricultural Advisory Commission
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As General Manager of 9 farmers' markets in Placer and Nevada Counties, I feel it is essential to have a good partnership with the UCCE farm advisers. The livestock farm adviser has historically been a source of input on new and existing farmer/rancher vendors, and can provide the support they need to successfully market directly to their customers. The livestock adviser also acts as an adviser to the PlacerGROWN Board of Directors - input that is invaluable to the health of our farming community as a whole. I absolutely support renewing this position for our existing and future farmers.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 7:34 PM by Courtney McDonald, General Manager, Foothill Farmers Market Association
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The presence of UC Cooperative Extension is vital in counties throughout California. Following the land-grant mission of research, education, and outreach, UCCE Farm Advisors are an invaluable link. The Farm Advisor is particularly important in Placer and Nevada counties, where traditional agriculture intermingles with beginning farmers, and the public is increasingly interested in how their natural resources are managed and their food is grown. I strongly support a Placer/Nevada Farm Advisor position to coordinate an applied research and education program with an emphasis on integrating livestock, natural resources, food systems, and economics. While Roger's boots will be hard to fill, it is essential that the Livestock/Natural Resources Farm Advisor position continue in Placer and Nevada Counties.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:58 PM by Elisa Noble, Placer County Resource Conservation District

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