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227 Viticulture Farm Advisor – Tulare, Kings and Kern Counties
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- Viticulture Farm Advisor – Tulare, Kings and Kern Counties (pdf), uploaded 05/18/2012 by Mark Battany
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.
Grapes are a huge industry in this region with many small and medium sized growers. It is very diverse with wine, concentrate,table & raisin grapes produced. Formerly, each county had its own viticulture Farm Advisor. The research opportunities are huge. Currently there are no viticulture Farm Advisors in Kern nor Tulare Counties.
Kern County really needs to get a qualified University official. In the last few years, we have lost the interaction between academic research and grower relation on new product testing in the field. Growers are in need of current information on new varieties and cultural practices. The University should also become more familiar with the third party certification agencies that inspect fruit that gets shipped out to customers.
The single farm advisor positions for Kern and Tulare/Kings counties should be the preferred choice. This is two large an area for a single farm advisor to handle. I was Viticulture farm advisor in Kern County for 38 years and there is no way that a single farm Advisor could effectively serve cliental in both counties. travel time would eat up a large proportion of the advisor time. It is at least 80 minutes to Northern Tulare County and further to KIngs County. When multi-county farm advisors are considered travel time should be a major consideration.
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