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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

040 Area Vegetable Crops/Entomology Advisor – Kings, Tulare, and Fresno Counties

Proposed Location/Housing

Kings County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Kings-Fresno-Tulare County


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The California Tomato Research Institute, a crop improvement association active in supporting a variety of UC activities, appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed Vegetable Production Farm Advisor position in Kings, Tulare and Fresno Counties. As industry liaison to UCCE we are directly interested in achieving a quality UC advisor level in major processing tomato production areas. We also recognize UC must balance needs among a wide variety of crops and constituencies.
Taking a statewide perspective, processing tomato has a glaring and urgent need for an entomological focused advisor. Kings County is an excellent location as it serves a broad region of vegetable crops including the most difficult challenges for processing tomato. The IPM Specialist system is not filling the need of vegetable crops in the region. Previous vegetable advisors were highly successful in collaborating and leveraging individual skills and I believe that this tradition will easily continue. We encourage UC to fill this urgent and serious need.
Thank you, Charles Rivara, Director, California Tomato Research Institute.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 10:24 AM by Charles Rivara Director, California Tomato Research Institute.
As a grower in Fresno and Kings Counties and director on California Tomato Research Board (CTRI) I appreciate the opportunity to comment on the proposed Vegetable Production Farm Advisor position in Kings, Tulare and Fresno Counties. There is an urgent need for an entomology trained crops advisor for Kings, Tulare and Fresno Counties. Having been personally impacted by Curley Top Virus and Spotted Wilt Virus in the past and currently being severely impacted by consperse stink bug we are in dire need on this specialist.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 6:40 PM by Frank Coelho Jr.
Our company grows garlic, onions, tomatoes, and an assortment of other crops critical to the valley and our region. The last few years have been extensively challenging with the effects of beet leafhoppers and thrips in our vegetable crops. As a board member of the California Tomato Research Institute, I see the increased need for support and assistance in furnishing timely information to growers and ranchers on the westside of Fresno and Kings Counties. Our region is complex and as so requires professionals to assist in the diagnosis and solutions of problems.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 7:56 PM by Sal Parra, Burford Ranches
I strongly support an appointment of an entomology focused vegetable crops advisor. The three county area is a very important production area for tomato, garlic, onion, leafy greens and melons. Serious and threatening problems include whitefly, thrips, aphids, and leafhoppers, each with several vectored viruses. This appointment would greatly complement the current pathology trained vegetable crops advisor in Fresno County.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 10:10 PM by Darryl J. Bettencourt, J.G.Boswell Co.

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