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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

041 Area Vegetable Production and Irrigation Farm Advisor – Northern San Joaquin Valley

Proposed Location/Housing

Stanislaus County

Proposed Area of Coverage

North San Joaquin Valley


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As a former resident of Stanislaus County and employee at UCCE Stanislaus, I saw a real need for a vegetable production and irrigation farm advisor for the Northern San Joaquin Valley. This area has numerous growers that could greatly benefit from an advisor.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 10:20 AM by Anne Schellman
The West Side of Stanislaus County is the main producer of vegetable & row crops for the county. This area has not had an advisor for many years. The farmers in the area have no one to turn to when the need arises. It is very important to have this position filled.
Posted Jul 10, 2014 11:11 AM by Marie Harter
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed Vegetable Production Farm Advisor position housed in Stanislaus County. 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.
The Stanislaus proposal has great merit from the industry’s perspective as it is central to major processing demand – tomatoes are freight cost sensitive and demand is highest nearest the factories. Stanislaus has potential to become a greater source with increased productivity that would result from a re-establishment of a effective advisor. Nitrogen and water are inexorably tied and under heightened scrutiny and when combined with sources shifting to reclaimed water will pose a multiple of new challenges to vegetable growers. Irrigation management is critical in processing tomato production and the county has a history of successful innovation. We would like to see reestablishment of that ability in the transition to low volume irrigation.
While the position is proximal and relevant to processing tomatoes, additional vegetable crops including melons, market tomato, processing vegetables and leafy greens would gain a tremendous resource. The host county, Stanislaus has a grower base with a rich history of cooperation and support of vegetable crops advisors. With careful personnel selection and creative work sharing, an area vegetable crops advisor would add tremendously to the UC expertise and capability in the three county area.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 11:05 AM by Charles Rivara, Director, California Tomato Research Institute
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 Area Vegetable Production and Irrigation Farm Advisor. The services of this advisor position are critical not only to our row crop growing region on the west side but as water use and conservation become increasingly important and our crop base expands, the need for access to technology is imperative. Necessity is changing our practices in midstream and some of these methods are a result of the UCCE system. The Stanislaus UCCE teaches our farmers and ranchers to move forward with progress and research. 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 10:42 AM by Stanislaus County Farm Bureau
Stanislaus County and the Northern San Joaquin Valley's economies survive on the agricultural industry. The success, or failure, of vegetable crops can make or break our region's employment, consumer and human service sectors. It is crucial for us that the various farmers and food processors have the proper advice and resources to successfully plant and harvest crops. UC Advisors in the area of vegetables and irrigation are needed for the future of the industry and our regional economy. As we survive the third year of a drought this irrigation component has never been more essential. The successful hiring and management of a position in this area will support industry needs and enable our counties to continue to feed the world.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 4:40 PM by Michele Laverty
We are a fresh vegetable growing and packing operation in Modesto with ~ 1000 acres (time 2.5 cycles) of mainly specialty vegetables. We face constant challenges in our production because of the difficulty to find chemical labels for our specialties and because most vegetable research for our crops is done in Salinas, where the environment and climate is very different from Modesto, so the research results are not easily transferable in our conditions. Since Jan Mickler disappeared a few years ago we had basically to look around for help anywhere we could. Brenna Aegerter in San Joaquin was a big help but we have sometime to go as far as Salinas or Oregon for our vegetable problems. We would strongly support a vegetable farm advisor in Stanislaus.
Posted Jul 19, 2014 1:54 PM by Marco Turchetti, Ratto Bros Inc.

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