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225 Dairy Advisor Fresno and Madera Counties


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



Sustainable Conservation strongly supports the creation of this position for Madera and Fresno counties to help dairies develop integrated approaches to addressing their impacts to air and water quality. Many producers need assistance with on farm management of nutrients to minimize impacts to air and water quality. Testing of new practices and how they perform under permit conditions is greatly needed. The dairy advisors are uniquely position to provide this kind of technical assistance given their connection to the university.
Posted Jun 18, 2012 12:21 PM by Kathy Viatella
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) Dairy Advisor position for Fresno and Madera counties.
The dairy industry is a leading economic contributor in Fresno and Madera counties, accounting for billions of dollars in cash receipts. In 2010, Fresno County was home to 118,546 dairy cows in 106 dairies and Madera County had 56 dairies with 74,411 dairy cows. These dairies face ever changing regulatory requirements they must meet while also maintaining sound herd health, being good environmental stewards and continuing to try to remain economically viable during these difficult financial times.
The UCCE advisor is vital in the future success of the dairy industries in Fresno and Madera counties. The advisor acts as lead research and educational resource for dairy producers and regulatory agencies as they move into compliance with new regulations. They play a key role as they collaborate in related university research, in turn disseminating that research based information to the appropriate agencies, advisory committees, industry leaders and individual milk producers. The opportunity for the advisor to contribute to solutions to issues the dairy industry faces today such as nitrates in groundwater, air quality and herd health are immense. Furthermore, there is currently only one dairy advisor for the entire south San Joaquin Valley. This region is the largest milk shed in the nation and faces some of the most critical issues.
Therefore, FCFB strongly supports the UCCE Dairy Advisor position for Fresno and Madera counties.
Posted Jul 17, 2012 11:47 AM by Ryan Jacobsen
My name is Carol Collar and I need your help. I am the only remaining UC Cooperative Extension dairy advisor in the south San Joaquin Valley, a region that is home to the largest population of dairies and greatest volume of milk produced in the entire world. Please help me by insisting that the proposed Fresno-Madera Counties dairy advisor position be elevated to the highest priority by the University of California. UCCE dairy advisors have played an integral role in the extraordinary success of dairying in California. Steady growth during the past 3 decades has brought challenges; environmental, animal health and welfare, food safety, and most recently, profitability. I have witnessed achievements and failures in the dairy industry throughout my career. But now I see urgency like never before for UCCE to engage with the dairy community, decision makers, regulatory agencies and others to provide leadership and guidance in addressing current and emerging issues. We need UCCE advisors “on the ground”- living and working in local communities, developing strong relationships and building trust with stakeholders. Those connections are difficult or impossible to cultivate from campuses at Davis, Berkeley or Riverside. Failure to fill gaping holes in UCCE dairy advisor staffing (Fresno/Madera and also Tulare/Kern), will send a strong message to California’s largest agricultural sector ($5.9 billion for dairy in 2010) that the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is completely out of touch.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 1:47 PM by Carol Collar
This is a very important position for a key location for the #1 agricultural enterprise in the state. This location is key since this is the epicenter of dairying. We have recently lost two positions in this subject area in this region, so this should be considered very high priority.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 7:35 PM by Dan Putnam, UC Davis

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