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212 CE Advisor, IPM Entomology


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



With the retirement of Dick Rice a decade ago, Walt Bentley now, and Marshall Johnson in the near future, the southern San Joaquin Valley will have only one IPM entomologist advisor. This is woefully inadequate to serve agriculture in this area and leaves the remaining advisor isolated. Rebuilding the IPM capabilities in the SJV is critical if we are to address the challenges we face in the near term with new chemistries, emerging secondary pests, invasive species, and increased environmental concerns. The California Pistachio Research Board supports filling this position
Posted Aug 3, 2012 2:21 PM by Bob Klein
The counties surrounding the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center conservatively produce $20 billion in agricultural revenue on an annual basis. With the retirements of Dick Rice, Walt Bentley and future retirement of Marshal Johnson, the need to rebuild the entomology IPM group is critical to provide the needed expertise, research, and education that will support farmers in the future as they deal with new chemistries, emerging and invasive pests, and increased environmental concerns. As increased pressure on farmers to produce food in a more environmentally sustainable way and to provide safe and secure food supplies, IPM strategies will be extremely important in assisting those farmers in meeting these growing pressures. This position will assist in providing valuable new research technologies to the farmers of the region and thus reduce the potential economic impact these insects could impose on the region.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 4:22 PM by Jeff Dahlberg
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. And, since we attempt to use the absolute minimum amount possible of synthetic insecticides, we must have the best, most current research and advice if we're going to be successful. 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 10:20 AM by Brent Barton
The walnut industry has lost virtually all of its UC entomological expertise and problem solving capability with the recent retirements of Walt Bentley, Carolyn Pickel, Bob Van Steenwyk, and the departure of Steve Welter from UCB to San Diego State University. We see the filling of IPM Advisor positions in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys as being vital to reestablishing the research-extension continuum that is critically needed to address insect and mite pest problems of walnuts.

Location is important because the walnut industry covers the length of the Central Valley and the pest complex in the southern San Joaquin Valley is different than the Sacramento Valley and even the northern SJV. The entomology/IPM affiliate advisor in Kern County is overloaded and not suitably located to work on walnuts. Locating this position at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center places it in close proximity to one of the three major walnut producing regions of the state. It also affords much greater opportunities for collaborative research both at KARE and the adjacent USDA-ARS field station.

The California Walnut Board has been discussing our research and extension needs with the Almond Board of California and the California Pistachio Research Board. We collectively recognize the critical need for filling this position and consider it a high priority.

Posted Aug 5, 2012 10:54 AM by David Ramos
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 2:06 PM by Bob Curtis, Associate Director Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California

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