ANR Employees
University of California
ANR Employees

2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

056 Plant Pathology Farm Advisor-Imperial/Riverside/San Diego

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE-Imperial County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Imperial, Riverside, and San Diego


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From the farmers and growers I have spoken with in the Imperial Valley, we are in desperate need of a Plant Pathologist for our many diverse crops including melons and lettuce.
Posted Jun 9, 2014 12:30 PM by David Bradshaw
Most of the plant samples that come to our office from the surrounding community is mostly on crop diseases. A plant pathologist position is the most needed area to serve the needs of our clientels
Posted Jul 9, 2014 10:14 AM by Oli Bachie
As a PCA working in production agriculture Imperial County certainly needs a plant pathologist to serve the desert region. There is a vast amount of high value crops grown in this region. The micro-climate created by our intense planting and irrigation practice provides the perfect scenario for many diseases. Organic vegetable production is ever increasing in this county and the need for additional materials and cultural options is growing with it. We are striving to provide healthy, high quality fruits and vegetables to feed the nation. A pathologist has always been a needed position here. Please maintain this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 8:55 AM by Bo Shropshire
We having people coming in and get calls all the time with questions regarding Plant Pathology. As mentioned in previous comments, there are numerous high value crops grown here. Disease is always of concern both in the realm of safety and economics. As an employee of UCCE-Imperial County, I ask you to seriously consider funding the Plant Pathology advisor position for this area.
Posted Jul 11, 2014 11:10 AM by Trish Burich-McNeece
En agricultura y particularmente en la intensiva la presencia de enfermedades es un tema común de atencion, en el valle de Mexicali la siembra de hortalizas y otros cultivos, esta sujeta a enfermedades patogenas, el que la Universidad de California cuente con un Patologo que atienda al valle Imperial y pueda dar apoyo a los productores del valle de Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, sera de gran ayuda a la economía regional.
Posted Jul 15, 2014 10:11 AM by Carlos R. Orozco-Riezgo, Director de Infraestructura Hidroagricola. Gobierno del Estado de Baja Califoria. Mexico.
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. Vegetables grown in the desert southwest account for nearly 90% of the nation's winter supply and area farmers are responsible for supplying the world with food, fiber and feed year around. Located in the desert, with rich soil and availability to a secure water supply Imperial County offers an uncommon climate and landscape for food production. However, our proximity to the Mexican border and the ability for pest and disease to easily travel north into our region is of great concern for local vegetable, citrus and forage farmers. Knowledge of our unique growing conditions and location is important to developing research to combat pest and disease from damaging our crops. Considering the four positions currently requested in the Imperial County region, this advisor is the most important to area farmers and ranchers. Imperial County Farm Bureau strongly recommends that you approve the request for a Plant Pathology Farm Advisor for Imperial County to continue vital research and education to address local plant disease concerns. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Posted Jul 19, 2014 7:52 AM by Linsey Dale - Imperial County Farm Bureau
The Imperial Valley is a unique environment presenting pest and disease challenges for the agricultural industry here. The proximity to the border combined with changing farming and irrigation methods provide many opportunities for research and understanding of plant pathology in this area. The support of a plant pathologist is greatly needed to combat these pressures and the damage they cause to our crops and economy. I ask you to seriously consider funding the Plant Pathology advisor position for this area.
Posted Jul 20, 2014 6:57 PM by Kelly Bishop
Plant disease is a field most farmers know very little about. Most of the older farmers recognize some of the diseases that have been around for a while but there are always new ones coming in which we can’t identify. The current UC Farm Advisers try to help the best they can but it is not the same as having a specialist visit your field and walk it with you to help determine why plants are dead or dying.
Please support Imperial Valley agriculture by hiring a Plant Pathology Farm Advisor. Thank you for your consideration.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 11:50 AM by Ron Rubin
Plant diseases cause millions of dollars of crop losses in Imperial San Diego and Riverside counties annually. Plant pathology research conducted by a UC ANR Plant Pathology Advisor is a high priority for the aforementioned counties. As the Entomology Farm Advisor in Imperial County, I can attest to the high volume of field calls that need to be addressed weekly in Imperial County because I have had to try and deal with these problems even though I am not a Plant Pathologist. I definitely can not address the Plant Pathology research needs in Imperial County let alone the neighboring counties of Riverside and San Diego. Therefore, we desperately need a Plant Pathology Farm Advisor to address the research and education needs in Imperial, Riverside and San Diego counties.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:30 PM by Eric Natwick
Changing weather conditions and the need for the introduction of new crops makes it more important than ever for a Plant Pathology Farm Advisor to be available. San Diego County produces only specialty crops and the introduction of new crops is essential. Failure to identify and advise on disease control could lead to the loss of important new crops.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 4:28 PM by Eric Larson San Diego County Farm Bureau

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