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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

010 Area Agronomic Cropping Systems/Nutrient Management Farm Advisor (Tulare/Kings/Fresno)

Proposed Location/Housing

Kings County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Kings/Fresno/Tulare Counties

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

7 Comments

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The California Dry Bean Advisory Board would like to offer its support to filling the proposed position “Area Agronomic Cropping Systems/Nutrient Management Farm Advisor (Tulare/Kings/Fresno)”. While dry bean production can be found throughout the state, Tulare, Kings and Fresno counties continue to experience a large percentage of the blackeye and garbanzo production. These varieties offer growers a useful rotation crop and would benefit from the critical research topics provided in the research description of the proposed farm advisor position.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 1:05 PM by Nathan Sano
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Tulare County Farm Bureau would like to offer its support to filling the proposed position “Area Agronomic Cropping Systems/Nutrient Management Farm Advisor (Tulare/Kings/Fresno)”. As stated by the CA Dry Bean Advisory Board, dry bean production can be found throughout the state, however Tulare, Kings and Fresno counties continue to experience a large percentage of the blackeye and garbanzo production. These varieties offer growers a useful rotation crop and would benefit from the critical research topics provided in the research description of the proposed farm advisor position. In addition, farmers need to have access to agronomic research and technologies and resources for managing nutrients on their farms. In today's regulatory climate, nutrient management is one of the most important areas of research and development that farmers need on the ground tactical support in managing and implementing as part of the regulatory framework they operate in here in California.
Posted Jul 15, 2014 12:09 PM by Tulare County Farm Bureau
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The California Alfalfa & Forage Association supports filling the proposed position “Area Agronomic Cropping Systems/Nutrient Management Farm Advisor (Tulare/Kings/Fresno)”. Tulare, Kings, and Fresno counties are important and economically significant areas of alfalfa and forage production. The proposed farm advisor position and associated research focus would strongly benefit growers of these important crops.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 9:22 AM by California Alfalfa & Forage Association
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As a forage and row crop producer in the San Joaquin Valley, I strongly support filling the “Area Agronomic Cropping Systems/Nutrient Management Farm Advisor (Tulare/Kings/Fresno)” position. Growers need all the knowledge tools available in order to produce high quality, low cost forage for our dairy industry. We also need agronomic know-how in learning how to cope with water shortages. A person in this position would be of enormous benefit, not just in my region, but statewide.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 9:30 AM by Philip Bowles
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On behalf of the Dairy Quality Assurance Workgroup the following comments are provided:
The workgroup identifies the Area Agronomic Cropping Systems/Nutrient Management Farm Advisor (Tulare/Kings/Fresno) as a high priority position. California dairy cows produce more than 20% of the US milk supply. The largest concentration of these cows and associated milk production is in the south San Joaquin Valley. Forage is a key ingredient in cattle diets both to control costs associated with feed production and to manage nutrients on farm. Key to dairies in the Central Valley is compliance with Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board Waste Discharge Requirements for Existing Milk Cow dairies. Dairy operators are obligated to not exceed nitrogen application of 1.4 times nitrogen removed on farm land where manure is applied. Key to this process is determining nitrogen mineralization rates and disseminating information to dairy producers. Equally important is irrigation water management to improve efficiency and distribution uniformity to keep plant available nutrients in the root zone while conserving valuable water resources. An Area Agronomic Cropping Systems/Nutrient Management Farm Advisor will fill a void in our ANR system. We currently have no specific individual identified for solely this purpose although there are/were some individuals who do parts of nutrient management. Having a dedicated individual will complement the UC ANR team. The individual will have a natural, logical connection to the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program’s Environmental module. The individual will work with existing alfalfa and forage advisors and specialists at Kearney (sorghum and corn expertise) to expand ANR visibility. Drought and climate change will alter the landscape of the San Joaquin Valley. As long as agriculture is present, a vibrant dairy industry is needed so cattle may consume by-products (almond hulls, cottonseed meal, distillers grains, wheat bran, cull produce, cull fruit, citrus pulp, etc.) thereby improving profitability of many farming operations by selling waste as feed. Absent the cows, these waste streams may yield reduced revenue or worst case scenario may require costs for disposal.
Posted Jul 19, 2014 10:50 AM by Deanne Meyer
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In my view, we have a severe lack of strength currently in the lower San Joaquin Valley with regards to agronomic crops, and their link to nutrient management and water quality. I feel that this is probably the most important position currently for agronomic cropping systems. This is the largest concentration of dairy cows in the nation. Solutions to nutrient management on an ongoing basis can be found in the cropping systems which support those industries. Crops can be managed to address issues of nutrient rich waters - particularly corn, sorghum, small grains, and alfalfa, which can be used to recycle nutrients. However, the management of those crops with consideration of groundwater pollution is subject to improvement and research. This position, along with the Northern SJ Valley position (Madera, Merced, Stanilaus, linked to waste water), are both very high priority, covering millions of acres of field crops as well as some of the most critical water supply and water quality issues in the state.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 1:18 PM by Daniel Putnam
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The California Dairy Research Foundation supports the Area Agronomic Cropping Systems/Nutrient Management Farm Advisor (Tulare/Kings/Fresno) as a high priority position. The California dairy industry produces more than 20% of the US milk supply and is a critical component to the state’s economy. The bulk of the state’s dairy operations are located in the San Joaquin Valley and are regulated by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board Waste Discharge Requirements for Existing Milk Cow Dairies. Their ability to grow forage is key to their ability to maintain affordable feed rations as well as implement nutrient management plans to comply with regulations. Dairies in the Central Valley are under some of the strictest water and air quality regulations in the nation. As a base funder of the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program, CDRF has been partnering with the University of California Cooperative Extension in supporting dairy producers in ongoing environmental stewardship improvement and compliance through its wide-spread education program and understands the dire need for additional expertise in this area. Since 2007, dairy operators in the Central Valley have been required to hit a 1.4 nitrogen ratio on a per crop, per field basis as part of their nutrient management plans. Subject matter experts on forage cropping systems, nutrient management and irrigation management are critical to assisting the dairy operators in continued nutrient management improvement. No current position within the UCCE exists to provide this combined package of service and focus. Continued unbiased, applied research and grass roots education will be paramount to supporting the dairy industry in improved nutrient management and ensuring their continued viability and economic contribution to the local and state economies. Such a position would be a welcome addition to the team working within the CDQAP.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 3:54 PM by Gonca Pasin, RD, PhD

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