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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

017 Area Desert Livestock Advisor

Proposed Location/Housing

Imperial County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Imperial, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties


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Cattle is a huge industry here in Imperial County. In 2012 it was valued at over 400 million dollars. It's also a large industry to our neighbors to the east in Yuma, AZ. While considerably smaller, we also have dairy cattle and a couple of dairies. For many years we had a livestock advisor but the position has not been replaced since he retired in 2008. We get calls all the time from ranchers and cattlemen with questions. Frankly, it's pretty embarrassing that we have to tell them there's not much we can do to help them. This is a position that is vitally needed for this area. I ask you to seriously consider funding this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 11:21 AM by Trish Burich-McNeece
The livestock business (Cattle Sheep and Dairy)in Imperial County has been a large portion of the county's revenue stream for years. The Cattle portion of the Livestock Industry was valued at approximately $400M in 2012. The income generated by this industry has created many jobs locally and helped create trickle down income for families who in turn have reinvested in the local economy.Livestock owners have in turn, generally diversified their operations by investing in farm ground, and the process has kept repeating itself over and over in Imperial Valley. I think we've been fortunate over these many years to have such an vibrant and healthy industry. We cannot assume that this will always be the case. I believe that funding a position for a Livestock Advisor is such an integral and important item that will help to fortify existing Livestock operations, and draw new potential livestock operations into the Imperial Valley.
Posted Jul 15, 2014 3:43 PM by Douglas Dahm
Considering that Imprerial valley is a neighbor to Mexicali Valley and the importance of the cattle industry in both regions is of great influence in tha market, I do think it is of great help to tha baja poducers that a position be held there. We can work together considering the region is similar and the scarce of water puts us in samilar condition in cattle production. It would be great to work together.
Adrian Mejia Director of Advasement and Extension Secratary of Agriculture in Baja Califonia
Posted Jul 16, 2014 9:20 AM by Adrian Mejia
Cattle has consistently been the #1 commodity, based on crop production, in Imperial County since 1989. The cattle industry has grown by leaps and bounds since the early 1990's and continue's its domination to Imperial County's economy today. In addition to cattle, Imperial County is the winter home to, on average, over 100,000 head of sheep in the winter months. With affordable land and water supply, the livestock industry in our area is crucial to not only California but also to the world's food supply. Due to ever growing regulatory requirements, maintaining a business in the livestock industry has proven to be more and more difficult for California ranchers. The addition of a Livestock Advisor to Imperial County would provide Imperial County ranchers a resource to better understand and find solutions to improve their operations to address regulations pertaining to water quality and food safety. Recognizing the relationship between the livestock industry and other commodities produced in Imperial County such as vegetables and forage is important for the safety and continuation of our nation's food supply. Imperial County Farm Bureau strongly recommends your approval for the addition of a Desert Livestock Advisory for Imperial County. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Posted Jul 19, 2014 7:11 AM by Linsey Dale - Imperial County Farm Bureau
The livestock industry in the Imperial Valley (Cattle, Dairy and Sheep) has been a staple for decades, yet it is also faced with challenges as regulations, markets and environmental conditions change. The addition of a Livestock Advisor to Imperial County would provide Imperial County producers a resource to better understand and find solutions to these challenges and potentially recognize new industry opportunities. Our county, as well as the neighboring counties, provide an interesting relationship between the livestock industry and production of their feed and the nation's food supply. Your consideration for funding this position is greatly appreciated.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 6:34 PM by Kelly Bishop
Livestock is the number one agricultural commodity in southern California. There is not a UC ANR Cooperative Extension Advisor in the the low desert agricultural areas to address the research and educational needs of livestock producers. The low Desert Livestock Advisor position needs to be considered as a very high priority position.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:36 PM by Eric Natwick
Maintaining and sustaining livestock production in the desert areas of California is critical to California and the Imperial Valley agricultural economy. Without cattle and sheep in our local economy to use some of the forage we produce, we will lose another market for our products.
Food safety has always been a concern locally. The industry has done a good job overall but now even the federal government has entered the picture. We need to use common sense and good science to improve safety programs.
The University has a food safety program that needs to be extended to Imperial , Riverside and San Diego counties.
Dr. Zinn has been a valued part of the UC Exension advisors in the Imperial Valley for many years. His work with our local cattle feeders has been very valuable to our industry and the economic well being of low desert livestock industry.
This should be high priority position.
Thank you for your consideration.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 7:08 PM by Ron Rubin
The support of the local Area Desert Livestock Advisor will only strengthen the quality of our 4-H livestock program and enhance the opportunity for our youth interested in pursuing an ag livestock degree or farming to gain valuable information right here locally. With the current decrease in the cattle industry for our valley livestock owners, the abundance of ag fields for feeding livestock in our valley still calls for the need to have the best educated livestock growers to produce high quality livestock. As a 4-H community leader, the opportunity for even 1 local member to advance in the livestock field with quality training and educational opportunities provided by county staff creates an economic benefit to our community.
Posted Jul 22, 2014 9:34 AM by Angelita Ortiz

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