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Position Details

051 Low Desert Weed Science Advisor-Imperial and Riversid Countie

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE-Imperial County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Imperial and Riverside Counties

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13 Comments

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Intensive farming practices require precision agriculture to perform at it's highest level. Weed control is critical to be able to keep these high standards. We are seeing resistance management a never ending program. A weed specialist in the Desert is the leading edge on keeping the Ag Community up to date on changing pests and resistance problems. The industry continues to develop new materials, but we need someone at the local level to verify those materials will work with our crops and our pests in the Desert. Please fill this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 9:03 AM by Bo Shropshire
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Environmental factors can make or break a farmer's crop. Having to deal with weeds, plant pathogens and insects can significantly increase the cost of production as well as severely damage the crop. As the significant other of a longtime farmer here in Imperial County I hear only too often about the challenges he faces when dealing with the problems I mentioned above. Agriculture is a nearly a two billion dollar industry in Imperial County as well as a major employer. Being able to deal with the problems the farmers face will help to keep it flourishing. A low desert weed advisor is most desirable to this region. Please seriously consider hiring for this very important position.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 11:37 AM by Trish Burich-McNeece
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UC Cooperative Extension’s role providing information to natural resource managers has become even more critical with the loss of state and federal agency positions. A UC regional advisor for invasive plants in Southern California recently retired. This position will make sure that local land managers and farmers continue to receive the advice they need. The California Invasive Plant Council works with land managers throughout California and relies on materials and expertise provided by UCCE advisors.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 3:12 PM by Elizabeth Brusati, California Invasive Plant Council
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The Imperial Valley weed management advisor position is of critical importance. To begin with the area has a year-round growing season and weeds never stop. The important vegetable crops in the low desert have been dependent on hand weeding for decades. However labor shortages will force changes to the weed management systems for vegetable crops to develop more efficient cultivator systems. The long distances and the relative isolation of the low desert make it imperative that a weed management Advisor be located there to give full attention to the industry needs.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 8:25 AM by Steven Fennimore
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Las regiones agrícolas del valle Imperial, USA y del valle de Mexicali, México, se encuentran en la misma región geográfica, comparten la misma agua del río Colorado y tienen los mismos cultivos. Un tema relevante de atención en ambos lados de la frontera es la atencion de malezas, mismas que se han incrementado de manera dramática, lo que afecta el rendimiento y calidad de los cultivos. Para el caso del valle de Mexicali, el gobierno del estado de Baja California tiene especial interés en fortalecer estrategias en ambos lados de la frontera para mantener en niveles aceptables la presencia de malezas. Un aspecto fundamental para lo anterior, es contar con personal técnico capacitado para interactuar en el valle Imperial y el de Mexicali.
Posted Jul 15, 2014 9:59 AM by Carlos R. Orozco-Riezgo, Director de Infraestructura Hidroagricola. Gobierno del Estado de Baja Califoria. Mexico.
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As a former farmer, I grew on average six different crops each year for 28 years. Dealing with new weeds and the new regulatory laws that came to be over the course of time, proved to be one of the most critical areas for the profitability of my farming operation. I cannot assert strongly enough as to the importance of having highly trained and certified specialists in the area of weed control to share this valuable information to the farmers involved in crop production. In this time of drought and water shortages, it is is even more imperative that the knowledge and expertise for weed control exist for the farming community to help assure the viability of Imperial county's $2 billion per year Ag Industry.
Posted Jul 15, 2014 2:45 PM by Douglas dahm
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As the Desert and Inland Natural Advisor also covering Riverside and Imperial Counties I see firsthand the importance of this position. My expertise in in plant management in wildlands and yet I receive significant requests from agricultural producers in this region for help with weed management. These two counties produce over $2 billion of worth of products, but do not have a dedicated advisor to assist growers managing weeds. Desert environments are unique and desert agriculture is also unique, having worked with local and state agencies in the area as well as with PCA's I know there is a strong need for this position. This much needed new UCANR academic would be able to integrate well with the community, should be very successful, and continue with the strong history of UCANR working with California's agricultural producers.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 12:48 PM by Chris McDonald
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The California Alfalfa & Forage Association supports filling the proposed position “Low Desert Weed Science Advisor-Imperial and Riverside Counties.” This unique, $2 billion growing region needs a weed science advisor focused on the needs specific to this area. The recent retirement of a UC regional advisor for invasive plants in Southern California makes this position all the more timely and important. Filling this position will ensure that local land managers and growers have access to the information they need when dealing with both weeds and invasives.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 9:50 AM by California Alfalfa & Forage Association
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Even though I farm in the San Joaquin, not Imperial, I think this is a very valuable position that ought to be filled. Many desert weeds are problematic in other regions as well. The efficacy of herbicides and non-chemical means of control in one region is not irrelevant in another region. In a larger sense, we need a profitable, progressive forage industry in California, and giving growers the knowledge and tools they need to control weeds is essential to that aim.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 1:19 PM by Philip Bowles
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With a $2 billion value, Imperial County is ranked 9th in California for crop and livestock production. Agriculture is the #1 industry and the foundation for Imperial County's economy. Located in the desert, Imperial County offers an uncommon climate and landscape for food production. With our ability to grow multiple crop cycles year around and our solid availability of water, maintaining our rich land and soil is vital to continuing our valuable production of the world's food supply. Understanding weed concerns and identifying solutions through research and weed management is vital for farmers to continue our level of production. The addition of a Low Desert Weed Specialist would greatly assist farmers to better understand weed management in our unique desert region. On-going research and an extensive education program for weed management is important for Imperial County farmers to continue growing the food, feed and fiber necessary for the world's ever growing population. Imperial County Farm Bureau supports the addition of a Low Desert Weed Science advisor and we respectfully request your support of this position.
Posted Jul 19, 2014 7:35 AM by Linsey Dale - Imperial County Farm Bureau
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Agriculture is the top industry and foundation for the Imperial County. This intensive, year-around farming environment presents unique challenges for growers and weed management. Understanding weed concerns and identifying solutions through research and weed management is vital for farmers to continue our level of production. In addition, our changing environment due to water shortages and fallowed land, can present new challenges of weed management to our Valley. Having a dedicated Low Desert Weed Science Advisor will support our industry in addressing these concerns using the latest research and technology. Please consider supporting this position.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 6:48 PM by Kelly Bishop
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I support the hiring of a full time weed science advisor for Imperial and Riverside counties.
It has been many years since Carl Bell left the Imperial Valley. Research is needed for our area in resistance management with older materials and the availability of untried new materials. We grow many speciality crops which lack adequate herbicides due to the cost of the registeration. A local weed science advisor together with the IR 4 program can help provide the information needed by chemical companies to pursue registration for these crops.
Please fill this position.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:33 AM by Ron Rubin
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Weed management is the most important pest management problem in low desert agriculture. Imperial County has 500,000 of irrigated form land all with serious weed management problems. UC ANR research is need to address the weed problems in Imperial County and Riverside County. Imperial County had not had any meaningful weed management research since Carl Bell transferred to San Diego County nearly 12 years ago. The weed Science Advisor position for Imperial and Riverside Counties should be given the highest priority.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:22 PM by Eric Natwick

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