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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

039 Area Vegetable Crops Advisor - Colusa, Sutter and Yuba

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE Colusa

Proposed Area of Coverage

Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties

Contacts

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Comments

7 Comments

1
As someone working within the ag department of a tomato processing facility in Colusa County I have called upon multiple existing area advisers in the past year on multiple occasions for extension needs and to explore the potential for research collaboration. Although these advisers have always been of great help and I continue to communicate with them regularly it is obvious that their time is constantly torn between the numerous stakeholders which exist within the region. Myself, Olam and by association the growers we partner with will continue to benefit from and seek to collaborate with area advisers. Our hope is that the knowledgeable and unbiased perspectives which come with extension will be around long into the future.
Posted Jul 1, 2014 4:14 PM by Zach Bagley, Ag Ops Supervisor
2
I am offering my complete support for the Area Vegetable Crop Advisor for Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties. With the overwhelming amount of new challenges these markets face, additional information coordination, data archiving and "early response" communications are critical for the success of these crops. The responsibilities should include a keen focus on practical problem problem solving based on grower economics.
Jim F. Cook - Director - Research & Technology - Colusa County Farm Supply
Posted Jul 6, 2014 12:15 PM by Jim F. Cook
3
The Sacramento Valley is a large and important production region in California with significant vegetable crop production that is long overdue for additional UCCE resources. For many years now it has had primarily 1 advisor (Gene); much of the Extension work has been handled thru the Davis campus. It's time for ANR to re-establish local connections with the grower community. Furthermore, it is very likely that California will see a dramatic shift of production of many crops, including vegetables, from the San Joaquin Valley to the Sac Valley in response to diminishing water supplies over the next 20 years. A new vegetable crop advisor should have tremendous opportunity to have large and significant impacts in the region. This is a high priority position for UC ANR.
Posted Jul 8, 2014 5:16 PM by Scott Stoddard
4
The California Tomato Research Institute, a crop improvement association active in supporting a variety of UC activities, would like to take the opportunity to comment on the proposed Vegetable Production Farm Advisor position in Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties. As industry liaison to UCCE we are directly interested in staffing effectivenes and 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.
This proposal presents an excellent opportunity for UC to leverage the extensive knowledge of a senior advisor into an important vegetable crops growing area the has been needing a UC presence for several years. From the relatively recent retirement of Murray to the long-ago transfer of Cahn, the wider area is chronically underserved. We cannot overstress the value this mentoring opportunity.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 8:57 AM by Charles Rivara, Director, California Tomato Research Institute
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The California Tomato Research Institute, a crop improvement association active in supporting a variety of UC activities, would like to take the opportunity to comment on the proposed Vegetable Production Farm Advisor position in Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties. As industry liaison to UCCE we are directly interested in staffing effectivenes and 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.
This proposal presents an excellent opportunity for UC to leverage the extensive knowledge of a senior advisor into an important vegetable crops growing area the has been needing a UC presence for several years. From the relatively recent retirement of Murray to the long-ago transfer of Cahn, the wider area is chronically underserved. We cannot overstress the value this mentoring opportunity.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 9:26 AM by Charles Rivara, Director, California Tomato Research Institute
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I strongly support the filling of this Farm Advisor position. The crops that this person would be responsible for are very important to the continued viability of agriculture in the area. There are numerous problems in producing the crops covered by this position that the farm advisor is uniquely situated to help growers solve. We must address challenges in water, nutrient management and disease management just to name a few. This individual would have an impact on the whole Northern California region.
Posted Jul 17, 2014 10:55 AM by Tony Turkovich
7
The Colusa/Sutter area has an environment (weather, water, soil) that differs a bit from other locales in the state. A farm advisor tuned into the peculiarities of this area would be highly beneficial in more accurately assessing the various problems encountered in tomato, vine seed, and bean production. This area has not had an active row crop specialist since Mike Murray and I have missed having a learned, unbiased source to bounce ideas off of. Mark Lundy has been extremely helpful in the last year, but his workload has doubled since the departure of Chris Geer. Also, there is potential for considerable growth occurring in this area as the advent of stevia production (1,000+ acres) is on the immediate horizon. A farm advisor developing insight into this new crop would be invaluable.
Thank you for considering my comments.
Posted Jul 19, 2014 9:50 AM by Scott Park, Park Farming

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