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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

050 Intermountain Irrigated Grass Systems Advisor-Shasta, Lassen & Modoc

Proposed Location/Housing

McArthur, CA

Proposed Area of Coverage

Eastern Shasta County, Western Lassen County, Modoc County

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Associated Documents

Comments

10 Comments

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As a Modoc County ranch owner that grazes and hays grass for most of the income on 380 acres irrigated of pasture, this position is vitally important to us to increase the efficiency of production. The limited growing season in the intermountain area, makes grass production one of the important production systems in the region. Much of the natural resources (water, land, wildlife habitat) are greatly entwined in this production system. Grass production systems also have a large economic impact on these small rural communities that are presently struggling to remain viable.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 10:07 AM by Glenn Nader
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McArthur Farm Supply, Inc
P.O. Box 99
McArthur, CA 96056

To whom it may concern:

McArthur Farm Supply is a full service agriculture supply firm. We sell fertilizer, pesticides as well as agriculture supplies. We have one Pest Control Advisors on staff. We are one of two firms doing work in northeastern CA. Over the years we have developed a close working relationship with the farm advisor’s office and routinely consulted with him on our fertilizer and pesticide recommendations. We have worked with him on the development of “special local needs” documentation as well research and demonstration projects. Sources of science based information are slim in this end of the world. We have worked collaboratively with the farm advisor’s office on a variety of projects that include a large winter growers meeting and trade show.

Having a locally based farm advisor gives us access to the resources of the University of California. Please allocate this position to Northeastern CA. If I can provide additional information, please call me at 530-336-6133.

Sincerely,

Matt Reynier , Manager
McArthur Farm Supply, Inc
Posted Jul 9, 2014 10:35 AM by Matt Reynier
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North Eastern California Water Association
P.O. Box 367, McArthur, CA 96056
NECWA’s Mission is to protect and enhance water rights, water quality and riparian areas to the benefit of agriculture, the environment, recreation, and wildlife in the Northeastern California region

July 14, 2014

To whom it may concern:
The Northeastern California Water Association (NECWA) represents nearly two hundred (200)farmers and over sixty three thousand (63,000) irrigated acres. On June 23rd our Board of Directors authorized me to send comments regarding the Shasta-Lassen-Modoc Farm Advisor
proposed position. We strongly recommend that this position be allocated.
Our membership includes farms and ranches that drain into the Pit River from the Oregon border
in Modoc County to Burney in Eastern Shasta County. The majority of our membership
produces irrigated pasture and/or grass hay. We have a long history of working with the Farm Advisor’s office and have provided funding to support important work associated with both policy and water management. The work we did surveying our membership included a professor on the UC Berkeley campus. Having a local Farm Advisor is critical to continuing this type of work.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment. If you have any questions, please call me at 530-336-1030.

Sincerely,
Tami Humphry, Executive Administrative Director
Northeastern California Water Association
Posted Jul 15, 2014 7:19 AM by Tami Humphry, Executive Administrative Director, Northeastern CA Water Association
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UC ANR Program Council, UC ANR Vice President Allen-Diaz, and Review Teams,

On July 15, 2014 the Shasta County Board of Supervisors approved submitting this comment supporting allocation and filling of the Intermountain Irrigated Grass Systems Advisor - Shasta, Lassen & Modoc position (reference number 050). Shasta County and the University of California have been partners since 1917. There has been a farm advisor in McArthur since 1962. Shasta and Lassen County have collaboratively provided support for this position. Much of Shasta County is mountainous and has a short growing season. Agriculture is important economically in this region with the majority of irrigated acreage hay land and pasture. Local growers have historically relied upon Cooperative Extension to help resolve local agronomic issues, comply with regulations, and serve as a conduit of research-based information from the University of California. The current drought makes the water management aspect of this position especially timely. This is a critical position for our region.

Please consider allocating resources for this position. Should you require additional information regarding the Board of Supervisors support, please contact Larry Forero, University of California Cooperative Extension Director, at 530-224-4900.

Sincerely,
Les Baugh, Chairman
Shasta County Board of Supervisors
State of California
Posted Jul 15, 2014 5:34 PM by Larry Forero for Shasta County Board of Supervisors
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I am writing to encourage your support of filling the position of farm advisor for our Intermountain area. This is a unique area politically, geographically, and climatically. We are facing many issues and challenges moving forward. Water is at the forefront. We are a livestock and forage based economy in the Intermountain area.
Having a farm advisor to serve our ranching and farming needs is crucial to our communities. The past advisors have done an exemplary job of bringing the most current information and practices to light. Some niche markets have also developed thanks to their help. Please help us keep our farmers, ranchers, and communities competitive and educated. Thank you for reviewing my comments and please call if you have further questions. (530) 708-1761
Aaron Albaugh
Rancher and Lassen County Supervisor District. 4
Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:28 PM by Aaron Albaugh
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To whom it may concern:

The board of directors of the Fall River-Big Valley Cattlemen’s Association recently voted unanimously to send comments supporting the Shasta-Lassen-Modoc Farm Advisor position, specifically Intermountain Irrigated Grass Systems Advisor.

The majority of our membership consists of family sized ranches in northeastern California (the headwaters of the Sacramento River), an isolated, ecologically unique part of the state. Irrigated grasses are relied upon for at least some portion livestock feed during the year, for grazing and/or hay production. In addition, many ranchers raise timothy and orchard grass hay for sale to consumers throughout California and elsewhere.

Ranchers here are not only isolated by the geography, but by conduits of information as well. Not all have internet connections, or access to PCA’s and consultants. Of special concern right now is the current drought. It has had a drastic impact on everyone and shown a need for improved irrigation and grass management practices.

Historically, the Farm Advisor’s position has been the link to the research efforts of the University of California, providing objective research based information to our communities. This has resulted in huge economic, environmental and social benefits. The need for this research link may never be more vitally important than it is right now.

On behalf of the Fall River-Big Valley Cattlemen, I am hopeful you will consider making this position a priority. Please contact me at 530-299-3464 if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
Kathy DeForest, President
Fall River-Big Valley Cattlemen’s Association
Posted Jul 16, 2014 8:51 AM by Kathy DeForest, President Fall River-Big Valley Cattlemen's Association
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My name is Craig McArthur and I am a fourth generation to farm and ranch in the Fall River Valley (1 ½ hour east of Redding). My son Kenny has just graduated from college and is working on the ranch with me. We expect that at some point he will take over the operation. We grow hay (alfalfa and grass), pasture, wild rice and cattle. Our operation also direct markets some specialized commodities that include certified weed free hay, beef and potatoes. I have worked with the local farm advisor on a variety of projects over the years. I am one of the founding members of the Northeastern CA Water Association. This organization was formed in 2001. Cooperative Extension provided invaluable advice getting the Association formed. Once we were up and running we immediately involved the local farm advisor to help us develop information to improve the water quality, reduce runoff and improve irrigation practices of farmers locally. Over my lifetime I have seen the economic opportunities in Northeastern CA dwindle. Agriculture is one of the key economic drivers locally. Having a farm advisor to work with farmers and ranchers on improving practices, testing new varieties and evaluating possible new crops for our short season climate is very important.

In today’s world of high tech, global economy and environmental concerns it essential to have well educated and hardworking farm advisor to educate and assist local growers.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment. If I can answer any questions, please call be at 530-336-6815.

Sincerely,

Craig McArthur
Posted Jul 17, 2014 11:57 AM by Craig McArthur
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Urricelqui Ranch
P.O. Box 74
McArthur CA
96056

To whom it may concern:

The replacement of the Farm Advisor is very important to the economic stability of the agricultural community which in turn helps supports the general community. The last farm advisor was very instrumental in the formation and support of the Intermountain Hay Growers, Fall River Wild Rice, and numerous other organizations. Also, helping to bring new crops to the Intermountain area such as Peppermint, Sugar Beets, Garlic, and a variety of different types of hay.

In closing, having a local Farm Advisor is essential for having up to date information for crop and livestock improvements.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment, any questions call 530-336-5313

Roger and Margie Urricelqui
Posted Jul 17, 2014 4:36 PM by Roger Urricelqui
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As a family owned ranching operation in the Big Valley area, we feel that it is very important that this area Farm Advisor position be filled. It is very critical to the area to have that "on the ground" contact with someone who has the knowledge and the access to the science and information that a farm advisor has. This area is a very diverse agricultural region and the assistance of a local farm advisor is very valuable.
As someone who deals with a lot of government agencies from the county, state and federal level, it is VERY important to have a local voice that can speak to the science and the facts about wide variety of topics, and have the respectability that comes with being part of the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Thank you for the chance to comment.
Buck Parks
Posted Jul 18, 2014 11:16 AM by Buck Parks, Parks Ranch Inc. P.O. Box 210 Adin, CA 96006
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Good grass is the foundation of the livestock industry – whether grazed directly or hayed. Yet for all its importance, there is scant research into improving production and nutrition of perennial grasses or into ideal irrigation practices for raising the best pastures. I hope the University sees the wisdom of filling this position so a solid adviser can set to work remedying these shortfalls in northeastern California’s Intermountain region.

This high plateau includes one of the largest swaths of perennial grasses in California – some 150,000 acres. It is also the headwaters of the Pit River, one of the largest tributaries feeding Lake Shasta and thus the federal Central Valley Project. Solid research into sustainable irrigation practices, potential drought-tolerant grasses, and nutrient management holds out the prospect of water-quality and -supply benefits not just regionally, but for all of California.

Northeastern California has a robust agriculture sector, but it is relatively small and geographically isolated, and there are few private advisers offering expertise to the family farmers of the region. The UC Cooperative Extension’s work fills a critical gap and is deeply valued by the region’s farm community and local governments.

I appreciate the University’s careful consideration of this position. If you need any further assistance, please contact my District Director, Bruce Ross, at (530) 223-6300.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 4:05 PM by Assemblyman Brian Dahle, 1st District
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I am writing in support of the allocation of the Intermountain Advisor position in McArthur. This position has been in the Intermountain area for over 30 years and has provided invaluable research, insight, and guidance to the producers in this very rich agriculture portion of the county and state. The Irrigated grass system Advisor is a valuable asset to this area which will reap rewards and efficiency for generations in this area. While the Intermountain area, including portions of Shasta, Lassen, and Modoc counties, produces many crops, it is hay crops that are some of the most prevalent. In Shasta County alone, over $23,000,000 in hay crops were produced in 2013.

Having an Advisor with a specialty in irrigated grass systems is vital to the continued production and improvement of hay and other crops in the county. The UC Advisor position impacts the entire community by bringing new ideas and cutting edge methods to the production of the Intermountain's economic engine; agriculture.

I highly recommend you allocate the Irrigated grass system Advisor position in the Intermountian area. If you have any questions, or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Paul Kjos
Shasta County Agricultural Commissioner
(530)224-4949
Posted Jul 21, 2014 8:09 PM by Paul Kjos, Shasta County Agricultural Commissioner

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