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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

033 Area Orchard & Vineyard Systems Advisor for Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Contra Costa & Alameda Counties

Proposed Location/Housing

Stanislaus County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties

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Comments

3 Comments

1
The permanent tree and vine crops industries are vital to the local and State economies. We need talented and dedicated cooperative extension personnel to educate and advise area farmers, PCAs, and crop consultants. Filling this position should be a high priority. Thank you for considering my thoughts.
Posted Jul 15, 2014 7:38 AM by Brent Barton
2
The Stanislaus County Farm Bureau represents over 1,700 farm families and 3,400 members within the county. We ask the University of California to fill the position of Orchard & Vineyard Systems Advisor. Demand for the services of this adviser position have grown . Stanislaus County has quickly become a focal point in the tree and vine industries. For the first time in our history, we expect almonds to overtake dairy as our county's leading crop. We have had rapid expansion and conversion of rangelands into permanent orchard of almonds and walnuts and vine crops. The Stanislaus UCCE teaches our farmers and ranchers to move forward with the latest research and technology. We hope that UCANR shares the same vision for our communities and farmers. We urge the university to strongly consider Stanislaus County for filling this position.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 10:34 AM by Stanislaus County Farm Bureau
3
Stanislaus County is the third largest walnut producing county in the state. Along with the adjoining counties of San Joaquin and Merced, the northern San Joaquin Valley represents one of the three major walnut districts with nearly 70,000 acres and 30% of the state's walnut crop. Walnuts are high in demand and represent a rapidly expanding industry in California with production in the past ten years having increased more than 50% to almost 500,000 tons valued at over $1.5 billion. The state's walnut acreage has increased by a third over that same period to 325,000 total acres.

I wholeheartedly support the proposal to fill this position as a first step in replacing the Pomology/Viticulture advisors in the North San Joaquin Valley to be retiring in the next two-to-three years, but take exception with how it is presently described. It is unrealistic to expect this position to be responsible for covering all of the crops and counties assigned to it. I feel it is a mistake to include viticulture in the proposal. From my perspective, the importance of having this position to help serve the future needs/priorities of the walnut industry in this major and expanding area of production is unquestioned. However, more thought must be given to how those needs can best be covered on a cross county/regional basis.

Posted Jul 17, 2014 5:57 PM by David Ramos

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