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218 Citrus, Olive, and Deciduous Fruit Farm Advisor


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



with new plantings of citrus,olives etc. in this area
this position is sorely needed
Posted May 18, 2012 9:51 AM by Dave Loquaci
Currently Fresno and Madera counties have no Farm Advisor covering the extensive citrus, olive, fig, pistachio, persimmon or pomegranate plantings in these two counties.
Posted May 30, 2012 12:49 PM by Louise FErguson
The citrus element for Fresno and Madera counties will continue to be a high priority for the Citrus Research Board and the industry. This postion has been vacant for the past few years and we have noticed the impact in reaching the vast nuimber of citrus producers in the 2 counties. ANR has continued to lose presence in this area throughout the San Joaquin Valley causing a decrease in the ability to extend critical information ot the growers. We fully support the filling of this vacancy as soon as possible.
Posted May 30, 2012 1:58 PM by Ted Batkin
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Posted Jun 4, 2012 12:17 PM by [Deleted]
IT IS IMPERATIVE that a Citrus/Deciduous Advisor be in Fresno/Madera

Fresno and Madera counties are the #1 producer of:
** Nectarines ** Peaches ** Plums/Pluots ** Asian Pears

Fresno and Madera Counties are the #2 producer of:
** Apricots ** Persimmons ** Pomegranates

There are more than 1,410 deciduous growers, 400 citrus growers, 53 olive growers. Of all of the deciduous fruits, 'PLUMS' have the highest value in the counties at $157,000,000 and 361 growers.

Statistically and logically it only makes sense Fresno/Madera be a high priority
Posted Jun 4, 2012 12:55 PM by Richard Molinar
On behalf of the Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB) and our 4,000 members, I would like to express our strong support for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Citrus, Olive and Deciduous Tree Fruit Farm Advisor position for Fresno and Madera counties.
The tree fruit industry is a leading economic contributor in Fresno and Madera counties with more than 120,000 acres, accounting for almost $1 billion in cash receipts in 2010. Many of these plantings are utilizing new and emerging production systems in a rapidly changing industry.
There is a great deal of potential economic growth in the tree fruit industry in Fresno and Madera counties. To realize this growth, it is vital that a UCCE advisor is in place to provide science based information to growers, consultants and support industries. The advisor acts as the lead research and educational resource for growers as they pursue economic and environmentally sustainable operations, while facing the challenges of water quantity and quality, invasive species and other production issues.
The advisor plays a key role as they collaborate in related university research and in turn disseminates that research based information to the appropriate agencies, advisory committees, industry leaders and individual farmers. The opportunity for the advisor to contribute to solutions to issues the tree fruit industry faces today is immense. Furthermore, these growers are currently only being served by farm advisors that specialize in other areas, advisors from neighboring counties and specialists at the Kearney Ag Center along with collaborative tools. This region is the number one or two producer of many the of tree fruit varieties, thus should have an advisor to serve the industry.
Therefore, FCFB strongly supports the UCCE Citrus, Olive and Deciduous Tree Fruit Farm Advisor position in Fresno and Madera counties.
Posted Jul 17, 2012 11:45 AM by Ryan Jacobsen
This is such an important county for these important crops and an adivsor has been absent for quite a number of years. It is such a huge job, that it is difficult for advisors in the surrounding counties to cover.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 2:05 PM by Ben Faber
As a nursery we constantly see a need for a citrus farm advisor that can assist our growers with cultural advise on establishing and maintaining an orchard. The need is especially critical as the size and type of nursery tree that will be available to growers will be a very drastic change from the typical tree available to them in the past. The planting methods, spacing, care, irrigation, pruning and other cultural procedures will be fundamentally different for most growers. Challenges for protecting orchards from new invasive pests and diseases also makes filling this position critical for citrus growers.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 5:19 PM by Bob Zuckerman

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