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079 Orchard Systems (Sustainable Orchard Systems)

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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.

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17 Comments

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Growing tree fruit in the future is going to be more and more complicated. New regulations, pest pressures and environmental concers are driving these changes. The tree fruit industries have to be able to find answers to the new issues and help their growers change to meet the demands. This position is very important in making this happen. I want to encourage you to support this position. Thanks.
Posted Jul 12, 2012 11:54 AM by Gary Obenauf
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The Sacramento Valley, including Butte and Glenn counties, have seen significant increases in orchard plantings over the recent years with no signs of slowing down. Walnuts, almonds and prunes continue to be top ten, top five and even the number one crop in Butte and Glenn counties meaning their roles are significant to the economics of each county. The Butte County Farm Bureau supports the addition position #079 Orchard Systems to the UCCE system.
Posted Jul 13, 2012 10:13 AM by Butte County Farm Bureau
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Prunes and Walnuts are among the top 10 crops in Glenn County.
Our Walnut crop is growing in acreage every year.
We are centrally located in the Northern Sacramento Valley.
Our Cooperative Extension has a great staff and a very nice office outside of Orland in Glenn County’s scenic farmland.
Our dedicated and community conscious farmers are being challenged by increased regulation and costs on their farms. Environmental and safety concerns are being presented to the growers every day. The University is an excellent method to discover better ways to develop the Glenn County orchards and educate the growers on the Best Management Practices to keep their investments profitable, safe and environmentally sound. The Butte County office has worked well for the Glenn County Growers.
Posted Jul 17, 2012 12:31 PM by Jim Donnelly
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With the loss of so many farm advisors over the past few years it is critical to fill this position in the North Valley. At the same time that we have been losing farm specialists and advisors, the number of acres as well as the farm gate value of permanent tree crops has been increasing rapidly. The current staff of advisors, although doing the best they can, are stretched to their physical and financial limits. They are covering such a large area it is hurting their effectiveness.

I support filling this position as quickly as possible to keep our growing Ag economy thriving in the North Valley.
Posted Jul 20, 2012 2:43 PM by Bill Carriere
5
Of vital interest to our ag industry is the dissemination of timely information in order to successfully produce our tree crops. This position is necessary to meet that need. Primary research at the ranch level is the primary goal of a local farm advisor. Without this, other basic research that is not disseminated does us little good. Thanks for your consideration and support of an orchard systems advisor.
Posted Jul 23, 2012 2:36 PM by Doug Bentz
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These are very important crops for the North Valley, and with the loss of more and more adviors in that area, the research and extension activities are being diluted.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 12:02 PM by Ben Faber
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The relationship between the advisors and the Ag community works both directions. Not only is information disseminated from the university to growers, but the growers allow ample opportunity for continued research and replication over a very diverse area (soil, topography, irrigation, crop, etc.). The conduit (advisor) is crucial to not only educating the growers but providing the necessary avenue to the most appropriate site/venue to maximize university resources for study and trials.
While agriculture continues to utilize technology to remain efficient and viable - I doubt there is an "app" to replace the knowledge, wisdom and insight of a good farm advisor.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 1:02 PM by Stacy J. Gore
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The local farm advisor has been an intergral part of my development as an almond grower in the northern Sacramento Valley. With the retirement of seasoned advisors in our area, it is imperative that positions such as this get funded.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 3:51 PM by Larry Bradley
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The Sacramento Valley makes up 50% of California's walnut production and two counties (Butte and Glenn) comprise over 40% of that production.

Currently, there is no farm advisor in Butte County with significant research and extension responsibilities involving walnuts and the Glenn County farm advisor working on walnuts has just retired. With the retirement of one more farm advisor in the northern Sacramento Valley, there will be no one responsible for research and extension needs of the walnut industry for the three counties in the North Valley, an area that accounts for 60% of the walnuts in the Sacramento Valley and where acreage and production are rapidly expanding.

Butte County with the largest acreage is the obvious location for this position, particularly when coupled with the proximity to California State University, Chico. There are extensive experimental walnut plantings from UCD at the Chico State University farm and opportunities for collaborative research.

The California Walnut Board supports filling this position.
Posted Aug 5, 2012 11:03 AM by David Ramos
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Butte county, as well as the surrounding area, comprise a large percentage of the walnut acreage in the state. Butte County alone is the second largest walnut county, and well on our way to first.
Additionally, almonds, prunes and olives are key commodities for both growers, as well as the counties they contribute their tax dollars towards.
Every year, new problems arise including weather, insects, weeds, pathogens or viral, and the expertise of the Farm Advisors is essential in coming to a solution. We use the Advisors to maintain a consistant, healthy, and most importantly, safe crop to our consumers. Without these people, improvements would be slower to things such as water management, decreased pesticide use, and overall crop health.
As a PCA dealing with tree crops, I rely heavily on the studies and UCIPM website which our local Advisors contribute to.
With such a large percentage of ground in trees, and the number of local tree Advisors shrinking, these experts are spread too thin.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 10:17 AM by Lee Heringer
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Nut and fruit crops are a vital part of the economic engine that drive Butte and Glenn Counties and farmers have been short-changed by the reduction in the number of Farm Advisors they've had over the past several years due to budget cuts. With the retirement of Bill Kruger, it is essential to have additional support for Joe Connell to service the hundreds of nut and fruit producers in this area. As dean of the College of Agriculture at CSU, Chico, I understand and appreciate the important role Farm Advisors play in conveying research results and important market trends to their clientele. Please make filling this position a top priority.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 10:31 AM by Jennifer Ryder Fox
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As Vice Chairperson of the California Walnut Board Production Research Committee, I recognize the importance of having qualified walnut advisors and specialists serving in the northern Sacramento Valley. This region represents some of the most productive orchards in California.

Since the retirement of Bill Olson, this region has been under-served by U.C. Cooperative Extension. Now, with the new emphasis upon Sustainable Orchard Systems, it is even more critical that this position be fill.

I strongly support filling the 079 Orchard Systems position.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 1:54 PM by Robert Driver
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I manage the M&T Ranch SW of Chico in Butte County. We farm walnuts, almonds, prunes and rice. Since the retirement of Bill Olson I and many other Butte County farmers and concerned citizens have been meeting with UC Cooperative Extension administrators encouraging them to hire another orchard crops Farm Advisor for Butte County.We started a Butte County Friends of Cooperative Extension support group to raise funds for items/programs needed to run an efficient county extension office. It has been very successful and if I'm not mistaken the first one started in California to support and promote Cooperative Extension. Butte County farmers have rapidly been converting older orchards and open ground and rice ground to walnut orchards and will soon be the #1 walnut county in the state.Butte County still has many prune and almond orchards in production. Butte County is the largest agricultural county in terms of economic output, north of Sacramento. Butte County is the hub of the Northstate. The entire Northstate has seen many of our Farm Advisors retire and their positions left unfilled.
It is imperative that the walnut/prune Farm Advisor position be filled and the person be stationed in Butte County .
Posted Aug 6, 2012 4:58 PM by Les Heringer Jr.
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Orchard crops, especially walnuts, are an up and coming commodity that provides a stabel, econmic base for The Butte county and surrounding counties. Butte County is now the second largest county in the production of walnuts and growing.
I support the filling of this position to sustain the the use of sound Best management practices and availability of essential services to our growers for the continued growth of orchard crops in our Butte and Glenn. I also support housing this position in Butte County.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 10:11 AM by Richard Price
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As part of the California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group (almonds, walnuts and pistachios) the Almond Board of California and the California Walnut Boarr support this position as well as position #235– Sustainable Orchard Systems Advisor for Almonds and Olives. These two positions take a coordinated regional approach to serving nut crops – particularly almonds and walnuts in Glenn, Tehama, and Butte Counties. Furthermore they take a rationale approach to succession planning for nut farm advisors in this region. As noted in position description #235, Bill Krueger has retired and Rick Buchner and Joe Connell will likely retire in 3 to 5 years.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 10:17 AM by Bob Curtis, Associate Director Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California
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As part of the California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group (almonds, walnuts and pistachios) the Almond Board of California and the California Walnut Boarr support this position as well as position #235– Sustainable Orchard Systems Advisor for Almonds and Olives. These two positions take a coordinated regional approach to serving nut crops – particularly almonds and walnuts in Glenn, Tehama, and Butte Counties. Furthermore they take a rationale approach to succession planning for nut farm advisors in this region. As noted in position description #235, Bill Krueger has retired and Rick Buchner and Joe Connell will likely retire in 3 to 5 years.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 10:17 AM by Bob Curtis, Associate Director Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California
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As County Director, I can only tell you that this is a critical position for Butte County Cooperative Extension. Without a new Advisor posted here very soon the Agricultural program in the County will cease to exist in a relatively short period of time. Time is running out to fix this problem.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 7:38 PM by Joseph Connell

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