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261 Grain Legume-New Crop Systems Specialist

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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.

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6 Comments

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Gary Luckett
Cal-Bean & Grain Co-op, General Manager

With the retirement of Steve Temple it as left a large gap in the dry bean breeder program. I believe this a very important asset to our industry. A new grainlegume specialist should be hired as soon as possible.
Posted Jul 18, 2012 8:00 AM by Gary Luckett
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I feel industry should hire it's own plant breeder, so that if a new variety of beans is developed, it would belong to the bean industry of California. Too many times, we, California, have funded new varieties, only to have them get exported to other states, and now we are no longer able to use those varieties because some one else has taken that market. California Light Red Kidney, for example. If the California bean industry funds it's own plant breeding we can control the placement and use of the seed.
Thank you
Posted Aug 3, 2012 11:05 AM by Ron Oneto
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I have been a grower of dry beans for many years. I currently serve on the California Dry Bean Advisory Board as Chairman and I am also a member of our state's Large Lima Council. I think that it is important that this position be filled as soon as possible, preferably with industry input. I feel that the consumer interest in and awareness of dry beans as a component of a healthy diet is one good reason to have a public specialist on hand to continue the work that has already been done. The dry bean industry and the University system have partnered for many years to provide substantial improvements within the various bean varieties. I would hope that we can continue this partnership. A specialist with knowledge of our crop would be vary advantageous for not only the growers of the state, but the consuming public, too.
Thank you for your consideration.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 1:49 PM by Charles Cox
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With the retirement of Steve Temple it is very important that we hire a new grainlegume specialist ASAP. Not only from the point of creating new varieties Steve with his experience have given me a lot of information when issues come up with the current varieties during the growing season. Also when creating new varieties we have passed on the grower and warehouse needs to the legume specialist.
Thank you.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 8:20 AM by Larry Kubo
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As Manager of the California Dry Bean Advisory Board I work closely with several dry bean industry members who serve on the Board as well as the five dry bean varietal Councils. With the recent retirement of the industries long time varietal breeder Steve Temple it became obvious of the industry’s need for continued support and research from the University of California.

The dry bean industry in California encompasses several growing regions in California which translates to several research projects throughout the state. In the past Steve Temple was able to coordinate and work with the several researchers working for the industry, and with the loss of Steve, there is not one person to continue on with the coordination of projects forcing those who are doing the research to take time out of their busy schedules and away from their projects to work through the logistics of sharing information and equipment.

A new Grain Legume specialist could fill the gap left by Steve as well as begin looking into research areas which may be currently overlooked due to the shrinking availability of researchers. A new grain legume specialist would also bridge the gap between the current researchers and future researchers which for the dry bean industry could be instrumental in keeping the industry moving forward.

Traditionally legume specialty crops have been ignored on a national level with a majority of the federal research funding being focused on major crops such as corn, rice, wheat and even soy beans. Currently the U.S. Dry Bean Council and U.S. Pea and Lentil Council have worked together to push a program called the Pulse Health Initiative which has been recognized in the current farm bill that is currently under consideration. If passed as it currently stands, pulse crops such as dry beans, peas and lentils will receive $125 million over the next five years focusing on nutrition, sustainability and functionality research. Although the direction of research may not directly affect a grain legume specialist or the current research the Board is funding, it could indirectly affect the California industry by creating a demand for California dry beans and thus making the research that much more important to the industry.

Thank you for your consideration of a grain legume specialist.

Nathan Sano
CA Dry Bean Board
Manager
Posted Aug 7, 2012 8:25 AM by Nathan Sano
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The grain legume group is a very important component of human health and cropping systems, as well as on the sustainability of agriculture. However, this position would also be able to work on a wider range of innovative new crops that could be grown in California. Farmers are thirsty for new crop opportunities, and the process of introduction of new crops is a very important role of the University of California. There are agronomic, genetic and utilization impediments to the success of these crops. The many classes of dry beans are excellent examples of the innovation that the dry bean industry has demonstrated. This position would be anchored in the dry bean industry, but also be able to work on many other crops that could be introduced here.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 7:55 PM by Dan Putnam, UC Davis

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