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Agroecology and Organic Farming Systems

Summary The purpose of the Agroecology and Organic Farming Systems Workgroup is to create an interdisciplinary forum to share information on research and outreach in agroecology, biologically integrated and diversified farming systems, and organic farming systems in California, with a focus on enhancing the ecosystem services from agriculture and reducing reliance on toxic and/or unsustainably-produced, fossil fuel-based farm inputs. This purpose includes the following specific goals: • Educate Farm Advisors, CE Specialists and other interested UC and non- UC persons on agroecology, biologically integrated and diversified farming systems, and organic farming practices suitable for California conditions. • Share information about ongoing UC and external research relating to (but not limited to) crop and livestock production practices, communication and adoption of practices, and regulatory and institutional aspects. • Identify critical information gaps that are a barrier to further expansion of agroecologically-informed farming practices in California, and help to initiate research to solve these barriers. • Provide support to develop ANR publications on agroecology and organic production practices, prioritizing needs based on farmer interest, available knowledge and potential authors willing and able to contribute. • Identify funding opportunities for organic production research and convene multi-disciplinary research and proposal-writing teams. • Assist UC workgroup members to link with interested industry associations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Sonja Brodt (Co-Chair)
Phone (530) 792-8249
Unit: Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
Membership List, amber.sciligo
Ichikawa, Nina F.
  Executive Director food policy, agriculture policy
User, Unverified, sajeemint
AES Scientist
Bowles, Tim
  Assistant Professor agroecology, soil biogeochemistry, plant-soil-microbe interactions
DeMaster, Kathryn Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Professor of Agriculture, Society, and Environment Agrifood systems, rural sociology, the sociology and political ecology of agriculture
Horwath, William Soils & Biogeochemistry Program
  AES Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry Soil Biogeochemist Stable isotope studies, soil organic matter dynamics, soil fertility, sustainable agriculture, water quality, plant-microbe interactions, soil microbial biomass, denitrification, residue decomposition, root turnover.
Kremen, Claire Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
Scow, Kate Land, Air & Water Resources
  Distinguished Professor Soil Microbial Ecologist-AES Microbiology of carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural soils; impact of management practices on soil biodiversity; biodegradation and bioremediation of contaminants in groundwater and soil.
Tomich, Thomas Environmental Science and Policy
  Distinguished Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy Food systems, natural resource management, integrated ecosystem assessment, sustainability science and policy
CE Advisor
Bachie,, Oli Imperial County
  San Diego and Imperial County Director Agronomy / Field Crops
Culumber, Mae Fresno County
  Nut Crops Farm Advisor
Dahlquist-Willard, Ruth Fresno County
  Small Farms Advisor
Dara, Surendra San Luis Obispo County
  Cooperative Extension Advisor-Entomology and Biologicals Small fruits, vegetables, and other major crops - Entomology, integrated pest management, microbial control, biostimulants, biopesticides, and biocontrol; endemic and invasive pests; biological solutions for plant diseases.
Daugovish, Oleg Ventura County
  Strawberry and Vegetable Crop Advisor Ag and Environmental Issues for Veg Crops and Strawberries
Fake, Cindy Placer-Nevada Counties
  Horticulture and Small Farms Advisor, Placer and Nevada Counties Commercial Horticultural Production
Galla, Mariano Tehama County
  Agronomy & Weed Science Advisor
Gaskell, Mark San Luis Obispo County
  Emeritus - Farm Advisor Specialty crops, small fruit crops, vegetables, sustainable agriculture, small farms in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Gazula, Aparna Santa Clara County
  Small Farm Advisor Vegetable Production, Nutrient Management, Small Farms
Hasey, Janine Sutter-Yuba Counties
  Tree Crop and Environmental Horticulture Advisor Emeritus, Master Gardener Advisor Pomology, Horticulture, Master Gardener Program
Light, Sarah Sutter-Yuba Counties
  Agronomy Farm Advisor Alfalfa/Hay, Beans, Wheat, Corn, Sorghum, Sunflower, Safflower, Hemp, Soil Health, Cover Crops, Agronomy, Annual Cropping Systems in the Sacramento Valley.
Lloyd, Margaret Capitol Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Small Farms Advisor Organic
Long, Rachael Capitol Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Farm Advisor for Field Crops, Pest Management Pest management, agronomy, dry beans, alfalfa, water quality, oil seed crops
McGourty, Glenn Mendocino County
  Viticulture & Plant Science Advisor - Emeritus Plant science--all horticultural crops including wine grapes, vegetables; viticulture; nursery and floriculture (ornamentals); landscape; also sustainable agriculture and weed science
Reiter, Maggie Kings County
  Turfgrass and Environmental Horticulture Advisor Turfgrass management
Roncoroni, John Napa County
  Weed Science Farm Advisor, Emeritus Weed Control and Vegetation Management in Perennial Crops, Covercrops and Aquatic Weed Control
Smith, Richard Monterey County
  Farm Advisor, Vegetable Crop Production & Weed Science Vegetable Crop Production & Weed Science
Tourte, Laura Santa Cruz County
  Farm Management Advisor - Emeritus
Vossen, Paul Sonoma County
  Farm Advisor - Emeritus (Sonoma & Marin Counties) Fruits / Vegetables / Marketing Tree fruits and nuts, vegetable crops, small farm specialty crops; marketing, Master Gardener Program, organic - sustainable production, olive oil, chestnuts, apples
Wilson, Rob Intermountain Research & Extension Center
  Farm Advisor Pest managment in vegetable and field crops; Potato variety development; Production of potatoes, onions, peppermint, and small grains
CE Specialist
Fennimore, Steven Weed Science Program
  CE Weed Specialist Weed control in cool-season vegetables, weed biology, weed seed germination. Automated weed managment with intelligent weeders. Soil disinfestation with steam in strawberry and vegetables.
Getz, Christina Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist in Agriculture and Food Systems Political economy and governance of food and agriculture systems; farm labor movements; social certification; food safety; cannabis; organic agriculture; farmworker health and wellbeing
Jackson, Louise Land, Air & Water Resources
  Emerita Professor   CE Specialist   Plant Physiologist Plant and soil nitrogen dynamics; organic and conventional vegetable production; grassland restoration ecology; agrobiodiversity
Kaffka, Stephen Department of Plant Sciences
  CE Specialist. Production and resource use efficiency of sugar, oilseed crops and other agronomic crops; Cropping systems and agroecology; biomass, bioenegy, bioproducts and related public policy issues; irrigation, salinity and drainage
Lanini, W Weed Science Program
  CE Weed Ecologist Ecology, weed crop competition, weed biology and low-input agriculture
Mcgiffen Jr., Milton Botany & Plant Sciences
  CE Specialist and Plant Physiologist Vegetable Crops, Invasive Species, Weed Science, Sustainable Agriculture, and Alternatives to Methyl Bromide
Sowerwine, Jennifer Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  Associate Specialist Metropolitan agriculture, sustainable food systems, agroecology, food security, food sovereignty.
Other ANR
Bailey, John Hopland Research & Extension Center
  Director Sustainable enterprise, ecological horticulture, business planning
Brodt, Sonja Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
  Assoc. Dir. SAREP & Academic Coordinator, Agriculture & Environment Agriculture, Resources, and the Environment
Leff, Penny Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
  Agritourism Coordinator/Public Education Specialist Agritourism support
Peterson, Skyler Intermountain Research & Extension Center
  Senior Farm Machinery Mechanic
  Director, Statewide Programs and REC Operations ANR - Program Planning, Financial and Budget Management
Thrupp, Ann Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
Trotter, Vince Marin County
  Sustainable Ag Coordinator & Agricultural Ombudsman
Warnert, Jeannette Strategic Communications
  Communications Specialist Writing
Brown, Janet Organic Marin
Decock, Charlotte Natural Resources Management and Environmental Science, CA Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
  Faculty, kdelate@
Jonson, Tim California Rice Commission
Marrone, Pam, brise
Parr, Jessica
  Assistant Director Organic Agriculture
Shrestha, Anil Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  IPM Weed Ecologist Development and implementation of IPM strategies and tactics for vegetation management. Primary crops corn, cotton, tree fruit, grape, tomato.
Thrupp, Ann Industry
  Grower Representative Organic winegrowing and sustainable practices
Other UC
Muramoto, Joji
Perez, Gale Department of Plant Sciences
  Program Representative
Membership Totals
Number of Members56
ANR Members47
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