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232 Weed Ecology and Cropping Systems Advisor


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



I strongly suggest changing the title of this position to "Weed management and cropping systems advisor". Weed ecology is a descriptive discipline that implies an academic slant. Weed management is practical/integrated systems to reduce crop loss to weeds and is a better description of what this position will do.
Posted Jun 27, 2012 1:31 PM by Steve Fennimore
I work in the Cooperative Extension Office in Lassen County. Rob Wilson used to be the Weed Specialist here and we still get lots of calls on his old phone line (re-directed to my office) requesting information. The position is a valuable resource for Lassen County and the whole northeastern California area. This Advisor position will fill an important need in research and methods for controlling invasive weeds in this region. I strongly support filling this vacant position.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 3:03 PM by Mary Ann Gollnick
The diverse Ag community’s of Lassen, Sierra, and Modoc County would benefit immensely by filling the Lassen Weed and Crop Farm Advisor position. With minimal Ag service support and few to no pest control advisers in these rural counties we rely heavily on our UC Farm Advisors to solve problems, test new technology, and aid our producers as advancements in agriculture continue to grow. Our previous crops farm adviser Rob Wilson is testimony to what a difference one person can make on our Ag region, from introducing new crops to testing herbicides Rob’s advice and experience was a great help on our ranch. I hope that you will give due consideration in filling the Lassen Farm Advisors position and find that he or she will be an important resource to the prosperity and advancement of our Ag community.

Lassen County Farm Bureau
Willis Dow
Posted Aug 6, 2012 9:23 AM by Willis Dow
To Whom It May Concern:

The Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District (HLV RCD) strongly supports the request for a Lassen County Weed and Crop Farm Advisor position. The HLV RCD works closely with the Lassen County UCCE office on a variety of projects, including Lahontan Basins Region Integrated Regional Watershed Management Planning (IRWMP), Susan River Watershed Group, and the Pine Creek CRMP, and appreciates the educational and technical services that are provided through the UCCE office.

Perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) has been identified as one of, if not the biggest, issues within the Honey Lake Basin. Perennial pepperweed now occupies over 35,000 acres in the Susan River Watershed alone, and continues to increase in abundance and invade into new areas. Monoculture perennial pepperweed stands are destroying the productivity and sustainability of our watersheds and reducing economic sustainability of agricultural lands, decreasing grazing land productivity, and depreciating land values.

The HLV RCD recently submitted a pre-application to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) to develop a Lahontan Basins Perennial Pepperweed Integrated Management Plan. This project initiates critical first steps of a watershed-based management approach for Perennial Pepperweed within the Susan River, Long Valley Creek, and Eagle Lake watersheds in Lassen and Sierra Counties. However the success of such an effort hinges upon locally based leadership in the development and demonstration of effective control strategies and restoration practices. The proposed new Advisor would be a critical leader (probably the critical leader) in such a project.

Please feel free to contact me at (530) 260-0934 or , if you have any questions regarding the HLV RCD’s support for a Lassen County UCCE Weed and Crop Advisor.


Tim Keesey
Watershed Coordinator
Honey Lake Valley RCD
Posted Aug 6, 2012 2:29 PM by Tim Keesey, Watershed Coordinator, Honey Lake Valley RCD

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