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254 Agricultural Application Engineering CE Specialist

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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.

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8 Comments

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Regulatory issues like spray drift, off site movement of pesticides with drift or storm weathr events, ground water contamination and etc. will make this proposed position of great importance to agricultural commodities across the board. Growers want to be environmentally sound in their pesticide applications but still need to get the protection they need to be able to viabably market their commodity. I strongly urge to fill this position.
Posted May 14, 2012 3:47 PM by Gary Obenauf
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It is very important for us as industry to continue to support food safety, insuring the safest, cleanest, food in the world. This is the only way we will remain competitive in today's enviroment. I strongly urge the support of this position
Posted May 15, 2012 7:56 AM by mark kettmann
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Disagree with this position being housed at Kearney when all the collaborators are at UC Davis.
Posted Jul 4, 2012 1:34 PM by Joseph DiTomaso
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The potential impact of this important position will be across practically all commodities grown in CA. This is an area of work that has seen no significant additions to the base of practical knowledge in 30 years. I feel it is long overdue.

As for the location, it seems to me that Parlier is ideal due to the proximity to test locations and in-house support.
Posted Aug 2, 2012 10:46 AM by Brad Higbee
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We've got new chemistries, new technologies qand new pests like Asian Citrus Psyllid and Walnut Twig Beetle that are going to need new ways of treatment, in an environement/worker friendly fashion. Arguements can be made for the position to be housed either at Davis or Kearney, but it's a needed position.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 11:29 AM by Ben Faber
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There are new crops, new chemistries, new pests and new regulations but very little research has been done on application methods that reduce environmental and worker risk while maintaining efficacy. The California Pistachio Research Board supports this position request. While arguments can be made for locating the position at Davis, Kearney is central to the commodities this research will serve.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 1:44 PM by Bob Klein
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The California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC) is a grower supported 501(c)5 non-profit organization and considered a trusted source of field based information spanning horticultural crop production, pest management and stewardship activities in fruit, root, vegetable, vine, nut and berry crops (fresh, dried, and processed); also included are beekeepers and pest control advisors. CSCC growers generate over $5 Billion annually on approximately 600,000 acres of California farmland.

We support the Agricultural Application Engineering CE Specialist position due to the continued need to manage pests and minimize impacts to offsite targets. Application technology and spray drift management are critically important issues for our growers. We need the University to provide leadership in engineering, pest management and outreach on application technology.



Posted Aug 5, 2012 4:31 PM by Lori Berger
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The need for improved spray technology as well as improved grower outreach in spraying has been identified as one of almond growers’ key priorities. As someone who works on pesticide policy issues and with tree crops, growers are losing access to a range of pest control tools because of concerns about off-site movement of pesticides as we speak. Thus, prioritizing this position is key if California growers are to maintain access to a diversity of pest control tools as well as adapt to new pest control tool and application technologies. This position is critical to be able to deal with the ever evolving complex of pests that affect the food and fiber California produces.

The almond industry is already funding research to see what can be done with existing technology to improve both spray efficacy (critical for good pest control and resistance management), as well as reduce off-site movement. However, there has not been any focal point for consistent research and, especially, consistent outreach in this area for a long time. We are finding a profound need for more outreach to growers and applicators.

Locating the position at Kearney Ag Center would ensure access to a wide cross-section of California Agriculture nearby, including all the major tree crops. It also would ensure close contact with a range of agriculture associations and ability to really observe what growers/applicators are doing/not doing. The location would allow practical research and collaboration not only with UC-Davis, but other pest management specialists located at Kearney, and with USDA-ARS in Parlier that is doing relevant research in this area (but has no outreach mandate). The other beauty of the Kearney location is access to equipment manufacturers for collaboration. Thus, we support the prioritization of this position with location at the Kearney Ag Center.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 10:29 AM by Gabriele Ludwig

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