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Alfalfa and Forage Systems

Summary The California Alfalfa & Forage Systems Workgroup is the key UC contact point for alfalfa and forage crops. We address educational, research, and grower/public issues for the state's alfalfa and forage crops which occupy more than 2 million irrigated acres in CA. The Workgroup is the principal organizor and sponsor of the California Alfalfa Symposium, and has sponsored Western and National Forage Conferences. We provide an interdisciplinary approach to pest management, water resources, irrigation, forage quality, cropping systems, economics, alternative forages, seed genetics, biotechnology, and environmental issues as these relate to forage systems. We seek to envision more sustainable, lower impact forage systems for the future.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Daniel Putnam (Chair)
Phone (530) 752-8982
Unit: Department of Plant Sciences
Location: Department of Plant Sciences
One Shields Avenue
1210 Plant and Environmental Sciences Bldg
Davis, 95616-8780
Membership List
AES Scientist
Dahlke, Helen Land, Air & Water Resources
  Assistant Professor in Integrated Hydrologic Sciences physical hydrology, surface water - groundwater interactions, nutrient transport, stochastic hydrology
Dandekar, Abhaya Department of Plant Sciences
  Professor   Geneticist-AES Transfer expression and regulation of 'transgenes' in tree crops; identification/ modification of useful genetic traits through analysis/evaluation of transgenic plants; transgenes, gene transfer, transgenic plants, gene expression, gene regulation
DePeters, Edward Animal Science
  Professor Ruminant nutrition of dairy cattle; mammary gland synthesis of milk protein and fat; nutrient digestion, absorption, and metabolism; evaluation of by-product feedstuffs and forage quality.
Van Deynze, Allen Department of Plant Sciences
CE Advisor
Biscaro, Andre Ventura County
  Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor
Campbell, Marsha Stanislaus County
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Field crops
Canevari, Mick San Joaquin County
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Weed Control
Clark, Nicholas Kings County
  Assistant CE Advisor Agronomic Cropping Systems and Nutrient Management
Forero, Larry Shasta County
  County Director Livestock and Natural resources
George, Holly Plumas Sierra
  Livestock & Natural Resource- Emeritus Livestock, Multiple Use of Natural Resources & Community Development
Getts, Thomas Lassen County
  Weed Ecology and Cropping Systems Advisor
Hembree, Kurt Fresno County
  Weed Management Farm Advisor Weed management strategies in crop and non-crop settings
Leinfelder-Miles, Michelle San Joaquin County
  Farm Advisor Crop Production, Soil and Water Resources, the Delta
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
Mueller, Shannon Fresno County
  Agronomy Farm Advisor Agronomy, alfalfa seed, hay production, seed certification, forage crops, pollination and honeybee management, oil seed crop production, and dry beans.
Natwick, Eric Imperial County
  Entomology Advisor, emeritus Entomology, Pest Management
Orloff, Steve Siskiyou County
  County Director/Farm Advisor Conducts research & educational program with alfalfa, small grains, irrigated pasture, and noncrop weed control with emphasis on variety adaptation, pest management, irrigation, and general production practices
Sanden, Blake Kern County
  Farm Advisor Emeritus (Retired) Irrigation, soil, water, agronomy, blackeyes, sugarbeets, safflower, alfalfa
Snell, Laura Modoc County
  County Director and Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor Livestock & Natural Resources
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
Wright, Steven Kings County
  Farm Advisor- Tulare and Kings Counties Cotton, small grains, weed control
CE Specialist
Bali, Khaled Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  Irrigation Water Management Specialist Irrigation and water management, irrigation systems, soil salinity, drainage, infiltration, water quality, TMDL, biosolids
Butler, Leslie Agricultural & Resource Economics
  Specialist in Cooperative Extension Dairy Production, Marketing and Policy, Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy, Biotechnology, Technological Change, Public Policy Issues
Geisseler, Daniel Land, Air & Water Resources
  Cooperative Extension Specialist in Nutrient Management
Godfrey, Larry Entomology (UCD)
  CE Specialist Extension Entomology Specialist
Lemaux, Peggy Plant & Microbial Biology
  CE Specialist Interests in using genetic and genomic technologies to improve agricultural crops, using various ‘omic tools to understand abiotic and biotic stresses and nutritional characteristics. Also interests in developing educational resources related to agriculture and food, for varied audiences. Lead faculty for CLEAR, a grad student and postdoc group, developing effective strategies for communicating science to a broad public audience.
Lundy, Mark Department of Plant Sciences
  Assistant CE Specialist Grain Cropping Systems
Putnam, Daniel Department of Plant Sciences
  Cooperative Extension Specialist, Agronomist in the AES Alfalfa and forage crops systems, forage quality and utilization, alternative field crops, cellulosic energy crops (switchgrass, miscanthus) crop ecology.
Robinson, Peter Animal Science
  CE Specialist On-farm animal management systems; on-farm implementation of strategies to reduce the environmental impact of cows.
Westerdahl, Becky Nematology CAES
  CE Specialist   Professor Applied nematology, integrated pest management
Zaccaria, Daniele Land, Air & Water Resources
  Assistant Agricultural Water Management Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Other ANR
Holstege, Dirk UC Davis Analytical Laboratory
Bowles, Philip
Malkin, Richard
  Professor Emeritus Photosynthesis: energy transduction in biological membranes, tntcube
Malkin, Richard
  Professor Emeritus Photosynthesis: energy transduction in biological membranes
Membership Totals
Number of Members36
ANR Members32
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