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211 Area IPM Advisor Sacramento Valley


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



The Butte County Farm Bureau supports the addition of an IPM Advisor to the Sacramento Valley to lend help to the areas crops. Agriculutre is the foundation of the Sacramento Valley economies and this position will help to keep farmers farming.
Posted Jul 18, 2012 9:31 AM by Butte County Farm Bureau
We have recently lost Bob Van Steenwyk, Walt Bentley, Carolyn Pickle, and Bill Kruger. Steve Welter has moved to San Diego. We are in desperate need of filling this IPM Advisor postion in the North Valley. With the ever increasing pressure from regulation, pesticide resistance and higher costs we need to be on the cutting edge of controling pests in Agriculture. Agriculture has been the bright spot in our state economy, we need to keep CA Ag healthy for the long term.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 1:48 PM by Bill Carriere
As a 4th generation farmer of tree nut and fruit crops, we depend heavily on 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 research and advice. With recent retirements, we have lost a lot of expertise here; filling this position should have a high priority. Thank you for considering my thoughts.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 10:17 AM by Brent Barton
IPM isn't necessarily a choice for farmers any longer. The concept and the practice are integral parts of a successful farm operation. Solely having access to information and techniques won't make an IPM program successful; knowledgeable advice from people with field expertise is what takes an abstract to implementation. There isn't a glossy brochure, .pdf download or website that can take the place of an actual person. The true value of the University's work can't be realized until it can be put into practice; and an advisor is the fastest, most efficient way to accomplish that.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 1:19 PM by Stacy J. Gore
Entomological research on walnuts has historically been associated with UC Berkeley and UC Riverside with minimal involvement of UC Davis. Since 2000, all of the campus-based research on walnuts has been from UCB. This has been a workable arrangement largely because of two key Area IPM advisors stationed in the Sacramento Valley and at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE). They have provided the necessary collaboration and coordination for the UCB researchers to be actively engaged in field-oriented research in the Central Valley.

What had been a cohesive, well-coordinated research-extension program focused on walnut pest problems has now unraveled with the recent retirements of Carolyn Pickel, Walt Bentley, Bob Van Steenwyk, and the departure of Steve Welter from UCB to San Diego State University. It is essential that UCANR attempt to rebuild the research and extension capability to enable the walnut industry to address these serious problems including codling moth (CM), the key walnut pest. Our ability to sustain a project started seven years ago to reduce pesticide inputs in walnuts and demonstrate and increase implementation of pheromone-based mating disruption to manage CM is problematic.

This position to be located in Butte County fills a critical need and is well positioned to serve the needs of the walnut industry in the Sacramento Valley which makes up 50% of the state's production. It is adjacent to the other major walnut producing counties which allows close coordination with the farm advisors in the region to work on common problems. In addition, the Area IPM Advisor will have access to the Chico State University farm for research.

The California Walnut Board has been discussing our research and extension needs with the Almond Board of California, and we agree that filling this position should be considered a high priority.

Posted Aug 5, 2012 10:47 AM by David Ramos
The College of Agriculture at CSU, Chico has seen a tremendous increase in the number of students intersted in pursuing a career as a pest control advisor over the past five years. We have one faculty member who is responsible for all of our pest management teaching and research and her focus is on IPM practices. Having an IPM Farm Advisor with whom our faculty member could interact on a regular basis would increase our ability to reach even more students and introduce them to this important career opportunity. Please fill the IPM Advisor for the Sacramento Valley position.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 10:54 AM by Jennifer Ryder Fox
Agriculture is evolving rapidly. The approach most farmers take, and all should, is that which includes IPM.
This approach enables growers to work with natural beneficials in mind. Sprays have decreased which saves fuel consumption; passes which contribute to compaction and ultimately runnoff; chemicals which are now used exactly when and where needed and not just by the calender; and ultimately, money.
IPM is a win win, and with the direction of an Advisor in our area, which is spread very thin, the practice will continue to gain acceptance.
There are not enough Advisors in our area to cover the vaste aray of crops grown here, from row crops to trees, rice to timber.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 3:53 PM by Lee Heringer
IPM is a cornerstone to the continued success of agriculture in our region. An advisor in this arena will provide essential tools to keep growers on the cutting-edge to address new regulatory and research concerns such as surface water quality, nutrient issues (including potential groundwater contamination of nitrates), new technologies to use materials (especially pesticides) in more efficient manner and develop new IPM strategies to address new pests.
An IPM Advisor is also essential in providing current instruction growers and PCA's. I support the proposal for an IPM advisor porition to be filled in our region.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 10:35 AM by Richard Price
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 2:00 PM by Bob Curtis, Associate Director Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California
With the increasing emphasis on minimizing the use of pesticides, combined with the difficulty in obtaining registration for new materials integrated pest management is a necssity. I request that this position be maintained for the benefit of all of Californnia agriculture.

Jerry Barton
Posted Aug 7, 2012 3:03 PM by Jerry Barton
As County Director, I can tell you that we have excellent local support to be able to house this position in the Butte County Cooperative Extension office. From this base the Advisor will be able to effectively serve the pest management needs of the industry throughout the northern and central Sacramento Valley. This is a vital link between research conducted on our campuses and practical implementation to keep our agricultural industry on the cutting edge of utilizing environmentally sensitive pest management practices.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 7:50 PM by Joseph Connell

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