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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

032 Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County

The advisor would be primarily responsible for developing a research and extension education program to address high priority production and pest management issues in walnuts and sweet cherries in San Joaquin County. San Joaquin County is the statewide leader in both cherry and walnut production and the advisor would be expected to become a regional and statewide leader within ANR.  

This proposed advisor would represent one of the most diverse and important fruit and nut tree production areas in California.  San Joaquin County is home to roughly 65,000 acres of walnuts (approximately 20% of annual statewide production), 21,000 acres of sweet cherries (45% of California production), and 6,500 acres of apples and oil olives. These commodities are produced on over 1,100 diversified, mostly family-owned farms.  

Proposed Location/Housing

San Joaquin County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Northern San Joaquin Valley


Associated Documents



The California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC), a 501(c) 5 non-profit organization, is a trusted source of field based information spanning horticultural crop production, pest management, food safety and stewardship activities in fruit, root, vegetable, vine and berry crops (fresh, dried, and processed). Our diverse partnership of ag organizations also includes beekeepers. Combined, CSCC growers generate $4.1 billion annually on approximately 522,000 acres of California farmland. Our membership strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position. Many of the problems and challenges facing growers, such as with pests, water, air, labor, marketing, crop care materials, etc., are beyond their control, but through research solutions can and will be found that will have a positive impact on the CA specialty crop industry.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:29 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
I am a grower of apples, walnuts, cherries, and olives in San Joaquin County. I am writing to urge the UC ANR to fill the position for Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County.

San Joaquin County is the largest producer of apples, walnuts, and cherries in California and the second largest producer of olives for oil-- one of the most diverse and important fruit and nut production areas in California. Orchard production is vitally important to the economy of San Joaquin County. Agriculture remains the number one employer in this county. Our county has over 1,100 diversified, mostly family-owned farms. The farm advisor holds a pivotal role in sustaining the agricultural system in our county.

As farmers in California, we are continually required to produce more with fewer resources. Farm Advisors help farmers achieve this goal by assisting us with diagnosing and treating horticultural problems as they arise and provides outreach on current research and technological innovations. In addition, walnut, cherry, and olive acreage continues to expand in this county to fill the need to produce a healthier diet as consumers continue to move from an unhealthy diet of processed foods to one filled with fresh fruits, nuts, and olive oil. As a grower, I need information on current research and new technologies to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace.

The cherry, walnut, and apple industries fund substantial research projects many of which are undertaken by the San Joaquin County farm advisor. Without a farm advisor, these and future research projects will be in jeopardy.

For the reason stated above and many others, we desperately need an Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County.

Posted Jun 30, 2016 9:45 AM by Jeff Colombini
The California Cherry Board represents over 600 cherry growers and 40,000 producing acres of which over half are located in San Joaquin County. It is imperative that the Orchard System Advisor position is filled as this advisor would not only serve in a capacity to address production and pest management issues, but also to act as liaison between the cherry industry, the University of California, and other agricultural specialists in other cherry producing counties in the state. The Orchard System Advisor position bridges the gap between the work of the cherry research community, UC, government and regulatory agencies and the growers. They aid in the critical role of identifying and coordinating research and solutions to production and pest challenges that impact cherry orchards throughout the county and state.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 5:07 PM by California Cherry Board
We need this position filled, and we need it filled by a top-tier candidate.

I, along with my 2 brothers, our parents, and my nephew, represent the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations in a family farming operation here in San Joaquin (and Stanislaus) Counties. We grow primarily walnuts, along with olives for olive oil, and almonds. We also process, package, and market world-wide, walnuts not only from our own orchards but also from about 60 other farm families in the area.

The UCCE system is a key reason that California agriculture is a recognized world leader in the production and distribution of high quality food products. However, the margin of advantage that we've traditionally held over our foreign competitors is diminishing as they ramp up production volumes and also improve their quality. Due to our cost structure - largely related the extra steps we must take to ensure the highest quality and regulatory compliance on numerous fronts - maximizing production and efficiency is the only way we can compete on the global playing field. This Area Orchard Systems advisor will play a critical role in helping us do just.

The horticultural challenges we face are numerous and ever changing. Challenges such as walnut blight, botryosphaeria, limited availability of irrigation water, lack of effective soil fumigants, crown gall, phytophthora crown rot, codling moth, husk fly (on the increase!), and how to intelligently reduce labor inputs (due to the lack of ag workers) without compromising production or quality, represent important opportunities for local research and extension. Additionally, San Joaquin County - the State leader in walnut production - is one of only a handful of counties with a severe walnut blackline problem. Continued efforts on that front are needed as well.

I have used the services of our Farm Advisor an awful lot in the past. As our operation progresses, it seems like we rely on him or her more, not less. Please fill this position.

Thank you.
Posted Jul 2, 2016 11:59 AM by Brent Barton
The need for a replacement UCCE Advisor in SJ County is imperative. Over the last 35 years, my position as an Ag Advisor/Consultant has been reliant on our Farm Advisers, who quite simply, are the folks we go to for the tough questions. The research work that the this office has provided is undeniably important to California.
On a personal note, the rigors of pest control and fertility are sharing with, what I believe soon to be the majority of my time, time that I will spend doing reports on nitrogen management, erosion control, food safety certification, and global pest detection management. Growers and their industries face mounting pressures from increased regulatory and environmental compliance requirements and need the science-based and unbiased guidance that UC Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to provide. It is well understood that entry-level growers require an extensive extension effort on basic orchard culture and pest management while experienced growers need information on new technologies to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace.
I confidently look forward to working with the new Adviser and the research, mentoring and camaraderie that all of us working with California growers have enjoyed. Long Live UCCE in San Joaquin County!

Posted Jul 5, 2016 5:58 PM by Tom Gill PCA, CCA
The new UC Pomology Advisor in San Joaquin County needs to be prioritized in as high a position as possible. Our family farmed walnuts and cherries for the entire span of the previous Advisor, Joe Grant. He profoundly influenced the direction of our farming activities. The walnut and cherry industries are dramatically growing and we need a dynamic, energetic, intelligent, well educated and communicative individual to be appointed soon to help with today's pressing issues of climate change, compliance, worldwide competition, water conservation, and sustainability. In the walnut market today, every year is another record crop. San Joaquin County produces more walnuts with the highest quality in the State. It will take an Advisor to take on a leadership role to provide direction and answers in our highly challenging business. Our operation needs the help and guidance of a trusted Pomology Advisor to maintain our agricultural awareness and success. We learned a great deal from Joe Grant, a perfect example of Advisor excellence

Posted Jul 6, 2016 2:59 PM by Christopher Locke, 5th Generation agriculturalist in San Joaquin County at Locke Ranch
To Whom This May Concern:
I would like to start out by saying that farming has changed a lot in the past twenty years. Twenty years ago farmers could farm their crops without the pressure and scrutiny that we are receiving today. Today it is important to have an efficient way to produce a clean safe product and a high quality crop in the atmosphere of California. There are so many advanced techniques and scientific procedures that we, the farmers, need to access, to make sure that we can produce the best crop every single year. I farm across two counties and it is important to me and to California to have good information on technique and variety. Doing trials in the field from pruning, irrigation, pesticide, etc. are all important components that we need to have a successful clean, safe, efficient crop. California has some of the best agriculture and some of the highest regulations on Food and Personal safety.
Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties each have a position open in the UC system and it is imperative that both of these positions are to be filled with qualified personnel. Ag is good for the people of California and also for the entire United States. It is important to keep Agriculture a top priority and make an impact on our Nation.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 10:27 AM by Robert Longstreth
Dear Sir or Madam: The San Joaquin UCCE Specialist needs to be filled immediately with an individual of exceptional skills in walnut & cherry propagation. The fact that San Joaquin County is the leading acreage producer of walnuts in the state and centrally located demands that an influential leader in research be appointed. An effective UCCE specialist in San Joaquin County will have influence on all walnut growing regions in the great Central Valley.
The adoption of the federal Food Safety & Modernization Act, FSMA, will be a jolt to many walnut producers, processors and most likely the cherry industry. San Joaquin County can ill afford to be without the expertise critical to its farmers as they implement the new rules and regulations while attempting to be profitable enterprises. The California ongoing drought is driving change in orchard irrigation practices. Implementation of new techniques, technology and management requires out of the box thinking that Joe Grant practiced for so many years.
And continuing labor shortages with no relief in sight drive the need for research into production systems that will reduce labor needs for California's most labor sensitive specialty crops, cherries for sure.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 2:14 PM by R. Donald Norene
I farm apples and cherries in San Joaquin County along with my two sons. My sons represent the 5th generation of our family that has been involved in produce. I am writing to encourage the UC ANR to fill the position of the Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County.

The placement of an Area Orchard Systems Advisor is critical and supports many family farms in San Joaquin County who rely on access to the personnel and knowledge base of this position.

I can attest that we have reaped many benefits from the hard work and dedication our current retiring advisor Joe Grant has provided our operation. Research projects such as chemical thinning of apples has been key to our industry in developing the optimum protocol to achieve the best results. Our cherry and apple industries have funded several projects in the past headed by our current advisor, and in order to stay competitive domestically as well as internationally it is crucial we do not lose this very important resource. I foresee many future areas of focus this position can assist in our operation, as well as the many other crops produced in our area, such as;
-New technology’s, including Modern Orchard Systems and Mechanization to improve Labor efficiency,
-Control of Invasive Pest and Diseases as it relates to our specific area,
-Implementation of Precision Mapping Technology’s of Soils, Nutritional Applications, Irrigation, and relating it to Production and Quality,
-Improved sustainable horticultural practices.

This position provides the farmer the connection to the UC science based research that is needed to assure his or her success. Most crops grown in this area now compete in a global market place and it is crucial that we are able to compete now and in the future. Securing this position will certainly assist in achieving this goal. Our family operation urges you to fulfill this position of Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County.

Steve Chinchiolo

Posted Jul 7, 2016 2:27 PM by Steve Chinchiolo
San Joaquin County is one of the most diverse fruit and nut production areas in California supporting roughly 65,000 acres of walnuts that produce nearly 20% of the statewide supply. With a mixture of small acreage, part-time growers, to large, vertically integrated operations, the San Joaquin Area Advisor (AA) fills a critical role in reaching these constituents, ranging from basic information to the latest cutting edge techniques. As today’s growers face increased regulatory and environmental requirements, the AA is uniquely positioned to be a vital conduit of unbiased, practical information. As growers apply this information, benefits compound at every level, keeping agricultural businesses leaders in the global marketplace.

Headquartered in San Joaquin County, Diamond Foods is one of the largest walnut processors. As VP of Grower Services, I have directly experienced the benefits provided by an AA. They are an important component in a total crop system because they are “in tune” with the local growing area and understand the specific challenges and unique advantages. The AA is the pathway to relevant, regional research in: pest & disease management, improved rootstocks & varieties, irrigation & nutrient optimization, and general orchard management- interconnected areas resulting in high quality walnuts.

The AA is accessible. This is tremendously valuable to Diamond and our walnut growers as it develops strong community ties relevant to the area’s production. Diamond continuously reaches out for their expertise, advice, and content for correspondence. As the California Walnut Industry continues to flourish, new cultural issues emerge. The AA is often the first line of assistance growers turn to obtain meaningful solutions. These are a few of the many reasons why Diamond has a long history of support and cooperation with AA’s. The truth remains that retaining this position is crucial for the industry’s overall outlook. Thank you for your consideration.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 4:08 PM by Eric Heidman
The California Apple Commission strongly supports the need for a farm advisor position in San Joaquin County. This position provides a vital tool to apple producers in utilizing research to address critical apple issues. Issues such as pests and diseases, soils, irrigation, and continued improvement on growing quality apples are just a few of the programs that this position has provided expertise to apple producers.

As you may know, San Joaquin County is the largest apple producing county in California. In addition, California is the sixth largest producer of apples in the U.S. and the third largest exporter of apples in the U.S. With the amount of volume of apples produced in San Joaquin County, it is important that the apple producing industry have an advisor to continue to find innovative solutions to apple issues.

The California Apple Commission strongly supports the continuation of this position. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the Commission office.

Alexander J. Ott
Executive Director
California Apple Commission
Posted Jul 8, 2016 11:34 AM by Alexander J. Ott - Executive Director, California Apple Commission
It is critical that San Joaquin County have a orchard systems farm advisor. First, San Joaquin County is California's top producer of cherries. With the recent years' challenges in cherry production, having a local orchard system farm advisor is a must so necessary research and grower outreach can be conducted for the hundreds of San Joaquin County cherry growers. Second, San Joaquin County has the highest acreage of walnut in California. Like cherry, walnut production practices are ever changing. Having a local farm advisor to lead research projects is very important. San Joaquin County also has increasing almond acreage and steady apple and pear acreage. For this vital tree crop production area to have sustained crop production and resource management, the need for a local orchard system farm advisor to share knowledge about crop production is paramount. Even more important is the need to become innovative in the tree crop production sector. The ability to develop and implement the innovations has to start with the local orchard system farm advisor.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 3:23 PM by Ben Duesterhaus
San Joaquin County leads California in Cherry and Apple production, along with being the national leader in walnut production. Therefore, it goes with out saying that the Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County is extremely important to our county. As an independent pest management advisor my three major crops are cherry, walnut, and apples. I have been working closely with Joe Grant, our pervious farm advisor, since he began working in this position many years ago. His role in this county is that of one whose responsibilities range from research to education. He has served as a liaison between the commodity research boards and the researchers in all three crops previously mentioned. San Joaquin County is the most agriculturally diverse county in the state, so goes the need for the support that the Farm Advisor gives to the growers and industry in this position. The new position requires not only that one work in the capacity that Joe Grant has previously worked, but also to help move the industry into a whole new world of further government regulations, environmental regulations, and ever changing markets that require constant adjustments in farming practices. This along with the continuing need for improved scientific data in regards to pest management, cultural practices, plant nutrition, improved varieties, are all critical needs that would be left unaddressed if this position is not filled.
My support for this position to be filled is of the highest priority. Please contact me if any questions should arise.
Thank you

Michael A. Devencenzi

Devencenzi Ag Pest Management & Research
400 East Kettleman Lane, St 14
Lodi, Ca. 95240
Posted Jul 8, 2016 5:32 PM by Michael A. Devencenzi
As the Agricultutral Commissioner in San Joaquin County I have had the pleasure of developing a working relationship with the current staff of UCCE in the County. As the number one producer of cherries, walnuts and apples in the State of California it is imperative that a replacement for Joe Grant be appointed in order to help the growers of this as well as Sacramento County stay on top of the current pressures being faced by producers.

With ever growing pressures face of currently existing as well as newly introduced pests it is more urgent than ever that there be resources available to meet the needs of growers o make both economic as ell as environmentally sound decisions. I have had to depend on the UC Advisor to help make regulatory decisions that help to prevent the spread of invasive insect and diseases that have recently begun showing up in the County.

With the unique diversity in not only crops but growing Conditions in San Joaquin and southern Sacramento County it is important that we have an advisor who is in tune to the unique growing conditions of this area. There are many differences is water and soil quality from the foothills in the eastern part of the County to those in the Delta make it extremely important that an advisor be assigned to work in the very economically important area. Currently ther has been a great working relationship between UCCE and the various grower associations and the advisor has played a vital role in working with these groups to find new and innovative ways to battle the pressures on these industries.

I would also like to point out that we are seeing a new generation of producer entering the field due to the retirements of current producers. With the high costs of entering this way of life it is even more important that there be a resource to help this new generation find a way to economically compete in an ever changing regulatory world.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 9:21 AM by Timothy Pelican
This position is the walnut industry’s highest priority. San Joaquin County is the leading walnut producing county in the state with production in 2015 of 109,440 tons, about 20% of the state’s crop. As the largest walnut growing county and its close proximity to Berkeley and Davis, it is the focal point for most of the collaborative research activity with faculty and specialists from USB and UCD in the northern San Joaquin Valley, an area representing one-third of the state’s total walnut acreage. This is a key farm advisor position for UC and the walnut industry which contributed $1.8 million in 2016 for research and extension to address high priority production and pest management issues. The walnut industry is represented by more than 4000 growers and 365,000 acres producing a record crop in 2015 of 603,000 tons with a total value of more than $1.8 billion dollars. The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group representing the almond, pistachio, and walnut industries strongly support this position.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 9:56 AM by David Ramos and Joe Grant, California Walnut Board
This is a critical position for an important set of crops in a traditional farming region dominated by family farms. These growers need ANR support to stay viable.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 11:29 AM by Ted DeJong
Good Afternoon...Joe Grant has been an exemplary Farm Advisor since before I can remember...and I am old...Because of his hard work and dedication numerous sturdies that are critical to Pomology in San Joaquin County have been completed and implemented because they are practical, environmentally advantageous and keep competitive in a very competitive world. He will be greatly missed.
This leaves a large hole for the community, the state and the world that we charged to feed.
It goes without saying how important California Agriculture is to the above, regardless
of politicians concerns. If you are reading this you understand that research and development is most important and rests on your decision to full this position quickly with someone that has the necessary qualifications, enthusiasm, and practical knowledge to help us to continue the path that Joe has forged for us all.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and selection in advance.
all the best
Craig Podesta
feed the world
Posted Jul 9, 2016 1:44 PM by Craig Podesta Danamark Walnut
Our family farm has a long history of working with the farm advisers in San Joaquin County. As a fourth generation farmer in Linden I started working with Joe Grant in the late nineties and have continued to benefit from the advise and research provided by this position. For our operation our first introduction to sustainable farming was through the "Bios Project". We continued as contributors in root stock trials, mating disruption for codling moth and many other programs. When it came time to diversify our crops, it was with the help of the farm adviser that we were able to make informed decisions.
Agriculture is constantly under assault from every front, new pests to deal with, water issues, and a constant flow of new regulations. The farm adviser is the growers source that continually helps connect the dots between research and function. I cannot imagine how we would have kept pace with the ever changing farming environment.
We are celebrating over 100 years growing walnuts and cherries in San Joaquin County and the farm adviser has always been a valued resource for our family and other growers in the area. As one of the major areas for tree fruits and nuts, not only in California but the world it is imperative that this position be filled by a qualified and engaged person as soon as possible.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:54 AM by David Taylor
At this time it is critical that the position of San Joaquin UCCE Orchard Systems Advisor be filled: Orchardists have an overarching need for an unbiased third party that both has a knowledge of orchard production issues and can navigate producers through the new realities of the Food Safety Modernization Act and increasing regulatory actions guiding the use of irrigation waters, nitrates and soil erosion.

The advisor will be on the forefront of the implementation of new methods and technologies to maximize efficiencies in irrigation and the fertilization of orchard crops. This individual will also act as a conduit between the University of California and growers--thus facilitating dialogue and the exchange of information among these groups. This valuable position is the essential link in the formation of a partnership that benefits both parties: it is the point person that establishes the mutual trust between all stakeholders (As in the previous example that Joe Grant provided over the course of his career).

Now is the time when the advisor position must be filled, as the implementation of new regulations will certainly affect the cultural practices of orchard crops... and quite significantly, might I add. In fact, there is no doubt that a need exists for science based information; such information would be used to facilitate workable changes to cultural practices brought forth by means of regulatory amendments.

Accordingly, the methods of compliance developed that are based on this newly acquired University-driven data, would be practical and sound from an economic and agricultural standpoint, since they would be spearheaded by the UCCE Advisor.

Keep in mind that this advisor, backed by the University of California Extension, is the critical link providing the assurance that both growers and regulators need in order to trust the development and application of practices that are significantly sustainable.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:09 AM by Jim Ferrari - First Vice President, San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation
Our area, and San Joaquin County specifically, has been blessed for many, many years to have available to its farmers the expertise of several terrific farm advisors. Joe Grant has performed an incredible service to our ag community, and has been instrumental in developing and sustaining San Joaquin County's place as the leader in walnut and cherry production in California.

It is imperative that UCANR quickly fill this position with a highly competent, knowledgeable, and experienced advisor. California's place as a world leader in specialty ag crops is under significant pressure from our off-shore competitors. UCCE plays a critical in helping our farmers maintain a competitive advantage through their scientific and technological research. Our own family farming operation, now in its 104th year, has cooperated numerous times with UCCE, and the experience is invariably mutually beneficial. UCCE, through the very hard work of its advisors, is a shining example of government at its best: dedicated, cutting-edge, cooperative. It is a entity of which all Californians can be proud.

We work in an era of significant scrutiny of the products that we grow, process, and sell. And the regulatory burden on our industry shows few signs of abating. As well, growers in our area face a number of pest and disease pressures that many of our competitors do not. We need the dedicated assistance of a top tier UC advisor to keep us in our position as a world leader in the production of these healthy food products. And as we face future challenges such as water availability, air pollution regulation, and pesticide restrictions, UCCE will continue to play a critical and important role in San Joaquin County.

I urge UCANR to fill the position of Area Orchard Systems Advisor expeditiously. San Joaquin County farmers look forward to many more years of cooperative work with Brent Holtz' team, and with we hope the person replacing Joe Grant as our new Orchard Systems Advisor.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:08 AM by Gary Barton - Chair, San Joaquin County Agricultural Advisory Board
San Joaquin County is home to more than 1100 diversified family-owned farms and represents one of the most diverse and important fruit and nut growing regions in our state. This county advisor position will enable ANR to maintain its leadership and more importantly, their relationship with the cherry and walnut industries and a number of others. The position also enables collaborative research activities undertaken that benefit a number of Orchard based specialty crops. We have seen tremendous growth in both the Cherry and Walnut acreage in our region. With the new challenges in the form of food safety rules, environmental compliance and a variety of other challenges, we need science-based solutions to maintain the productivity and sustainability of our growers. Further there has been significant investment by new growers in our region into these key commodities and as a result, a greater need for education when it comes to orchard culture and pest management. As the retirement of our local advisor is pending, we urge you to fill this position in a timely manner.

Bruce Blodgett
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:11 AM by San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation
The San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalitions is responsible for helping growers comply with the Irrigated Land Regulatory Program implemented by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. As part of our mission we work with growers to improve water quality and implement management practices that are protective of water quality.

The Area Orchard System Advisor is an essential part of helping growers develop and implement those farming practices that are protective of water quality. The Coalition over the years has worked with the UCCE specialists to hold workshops, grower meetings and conduct research which would improve farming practices and improve water quality.

It is essential to have this position within San Joaquin County. The Area Orchard System Advisor’s knowledge and expertise allows the growers and the Coalition to develop comprehensive solutions to water quality and sustainable farming. Growers rely heavily on information developed by UCCE to meet the need of their farming operations. We urge you to fill this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:41 AM by Michael Wackman, Executive Director, San Joaquin County and Delta Water Quality Coalition
As a San Joaquin County Supervisor, I have the distinct pleasure of working closely with Brent Holtz at the UC Cooperative Extension and the members of his staff. Joe Grant, as the UC Pomology Advisor in San Joaquin County, was invaluable to the growers in the region with his expertise and willingness to provide critical information whenever requested or needed.
My district covers over 54% of the County and in addition to three of the seven cities, I have by far the largest representation of farmers and ranchers. Consequently, I am very active with the farm community including the Farm Bureau. I attend all their Board meetings and always appreciate Brent’s reports on what is happening at UC Davis. Our partnership with the UC Extension, whereby the County provides office space in our Robert Cabral Agricultural Center in addition to clerical and vehicle support, ensures the best strategies to increase our growers’ productivity.
Mr. Holtz and Mr. Grant started developing the position titled “Area Orchard Systems Advisor for San Joaquin County.” This would make the San Joaquin County advisor a statewide leader for both cherries and walnuts as well as a key link for UC to those industries. Therefore, the research, collaboration, technical assistance and guidance on orchard management will provide higher yields through greater efficiency in the future.
Consequently, I give my total support to Mr. Holtz’s proposal and believe the new position would be a tremendous benefit to our agricultural economy.

Chuck Winn
County Supervisor 4th District
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:35 PM by San Joaquin County Supervisor Chuck Winn
The San Joaquin County is the leading producer of Walnuts. It goes without saying it is essential to have this position within San Joaquin County. The Area Orchard System Advisor’s knowledge and expertise allows the growers and the San Joaquin County Resource Conservation District and Coalition to develop comprehensive solutions to water quality and sustainable farming. Growers rely heavily on information developed by UCCE to meet the need of their farming operations. We urge you to fill this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:55 PM by Richard Rodriguez and RCD Board of Directors
The California Cherry Growers and Industry Foundation representing cherry growers in California and San Joaquin County feel the position of System Advisor for San Joaquin County will be invaluable in keeping the cherry, walnut and apple growers with the latest in research and farming practices that help insure growers keep a competitive advantage in a world market.
Personally being a 4th generation cherry grower and a member of the California Cherry ,Board Research Committee,I have seen how important the position of Area Orchard Advisor is for San Joaquin County. Our industry needs an expert in soil, water, nutrition, farm practices and a liaison with the research community. I strongly urge the position to be filled.

Arnold L Toso
California Cherry Growers and Industry Foundation

Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:02 PM by Arnold Toso
Speaking on behalf of O-G Packing / Grower Direct Marketing, I would like to encourage U.C. A.N.R. Program Council to continue the U.C. Davis “cherry specialist position”.

O-G Packing / Grower Direct Marketing (which is a family-owned company) is a leading farming operation, a packer/shipper, and exporter of fresh cherries and walnuts.
San Joaquin County is our home base of operation.

Over the last 100 years we and many of our neighbors have expanded our growing acreage and packing facilities with the help of the U.C. Davis “cherry specialist position”.

If this position was to become vacant, the question I would have is who do we turn to when questions need to be answered about science-based issues, or where do we get unbiased guidance?

Michigan State University?

Washington State University?

Or does it come from California?
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:15 PM by Guy P. Cotton - Manager - O-G Packing / Grower Direct Marketing

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