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210 Area IPM Advisor Northern San Joaquin Valley


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



The San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties area are currently underserved in this vital plant protection discipline. As a 4th generation farmer of tree nut and fruit crops, we depend heavily on local extension expertise to assist us with our integrated pest management program which emphasizes using the absolute minimum amount possible of synthetic insecticides. To be successful, we have to have the best, most current advice. Filling this position should have a high priority. Thank you for considering my thoughts.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 10:11 AM by Brent Barton
Stanislaus, Merced, and San Joaquin counties contain almost 25% of California's bearing walnut acreage and due to it's close proximity to the San Joaquin delta produce some of the best quality walnuts in the state. As the rural/urban interface becomes closer it is imperative that we implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices wherever we can.

Placing an Area IPM Advisor in Stanislaus County would provide service to all three counties in a cost effective manner. Whenever we can use safer, fewer, and less expensive spraying programs - everyone wins.

Spray appropriately, protect the environment, taking profit to the bottom line. That balance is absolutely necessary to be truly sustainable.

I support the 210 Area IPM Advisor Northern San Joaquin Valley position.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 2:24 PM by Robert Driver
Sound entomology and IPM research and extension have been instrumental in the success of the California almond, walnut and pistachio industries, who are working together as the California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group. We view continuation of strong programs in entomology and IPM as a high priority. Continued efforts are needed to develop and fine tune pest management programs that address a number of challenges: sustain profitability, quality, environmental stewardship, worker and public safety; rapidly changing regulations; invasive pests; shifts in pest populations; and market access to name a few. Accordingly it is critical to maintain research and extension capacity in this area.

However, as pointed out in a number of already posted comments a number of key personnel serving California nut crops have or will be retiring soon or are no longer in the UC system: Carolyn Pickel, Walt Bentley, Steve Welter, Bob Van Steenwyk and Frank Zalom.

There are 5 positions in this supplemental call pertinent to nut crops and should be given serious consideration:

#210 – Area IPM advisor North San Joaquin Valley
#211 – IPM Advisor Sacramento Valley
#212 – IPM Entomology – KAC
#252 – Management of Arthropod Vectors of Plant Disease Specialist
#256 – Orchard Crop Extension Entomologist

From an almond perspective, it is doubtful that all these positions – which are high priority -- can be filled at this time; therefore, it would be desirable for ANR and the submitting UC organizations (Statewide IPM, UCD and UCR) to prioritize and coordinate the scope and geographic distribution of these positions. In particular for almonds, it is important to have coverage throughout the almond growing region – from Kearney to the Sacramento Valley.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 1:56 PM by Bob Curtis, Associate Director Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California

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