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206 San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz Livestock-Range Advisor

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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.

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13 Comments

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I strongly support filling the San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz Livestock-Range Advisor position. Until recently I worked in San Benito County as a rangeland management consultant. On several occasions I had questions that a local range advisor could have answered or could have begun to research if studies were lacking. Also, the livestock advisor in this area would be an integral partner in the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition and could begin to answer research questions posed by the group. This is an active coalition consisting of ranchers, agency personnel, scientists, and others. People in this group have sophisticated questions about how livestock grazing influences several natural processes.
Posted Jun 10, 2012 1:00 PM by Devii Rao
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I fully support the filling of the San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz Livestock-Range Advisor position. There is a strong desire for rangeland outreach and education. The Resource Conservation Districts in the area need a local range advisor to partner with to provide all of the resources and up-to-date information that is needed to best meet the needs of the landowners in the area.
Posted Jun 27, 2012 2:49 PM by Stacie Jagger
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This would be a fantastic position to assist with rangeland management. The various associations, nonprofits, agencies, and special districts in the tri-county area could use a local expert through UCCE. I have had very positive experiences with UC Cooperative Extension in other counties, and I hope that UCCE grows a stronger presence here. The natural resources and land managers will benefit greatly from this. The Central Coast could use a strong partner from a well-recognized organization to tie research to management implementation.
Posted Jun 27, 2012 3:16 PM by Jonathan Pangburn
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With shrinking budgets and increased workloads for technical providers it is critical to continue to provide additional support to the livestock community. A livestock and natural resource advisor is critical to existing and future programming in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Given the draws on current agencies/partners office’s discretionary budgets, this solution is critical for continuing to provide resources and assistance for these communities.
Posted Jul 17, 2012 7:41 AM by Nick Sudano
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A livestock range advisor in the San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties would be a great asset for livestock producers in this area. The Bureau of Land Management has over 100,000 acres of public rangeland which is used with adjacent private lands. Range advisors provide knowledge an expertise that asist landowners in developing management practices to protect wildife habitat and improve water quality. This three county area is also part of an America Great Outdoor Initiative for Monterey Bay with emphasis on outreach/eduation and water quality. The NRCS is the lead for the initiative with over 100 participating organizations and agencies. UC Extension participation would be a great addition.
Posted Jul 20, 2012 12:28 PM by Rick Cooper, Hollister Field Manager, Bureau of Land Management
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NRCS has been working extensively with ranchers in San Benito but have been limited by staff technical capacities. A UC range advisor would assist NRCS with improving range management assistance to ranchers and would be a valuable partnership to protect the wildlife and forage values on rangeland.
Posted Jul 20, 2012 1:57 PM by Athena Pratt
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I strongly encourage filling this position. Increased sharing of rangeland science will increase the viability of both food production and biodiversity conservation in Santa Cruz County.
Posted Jul 23, 2012 12:49 PM by Bryan Largay
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As a Natural Resource land manager that oversees cattle grazing without being a specialist in that field, it would be of great to have a local expert to turn to.
Posted Jul 23, 2012 6:35 PM by Wes Gray
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I would like to see more livestock advisory positions in this area. Livestock owners and managers are in need of educaters to help them learn the best way to manage their animals to protect water quality and protect their land, according to the latest research. Ranch water quality short courses are a good way to get the education, but there are not enough of these courses offered. It would be great to have another advisor in this area.
Posted Jul 31, 2012 11:45 AM by Kim Sanders
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In my opinion, a Natural Resources Advisor/Rangeland Expert in this service area would be a valuable addition from the perspective of the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Readily available technical assistance for ranchers and livestock operators in this area would help facillitate rangeland water quality protection and implementation of our water quality programs. -- Peter Osmolovsky, staff Engineering Geologist, Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Posted Aug 1, 2012 10:11 AM by Peter Osmolovsky - staff Engineering Geologist, Central Coast Water Board
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With the recent retirement of two long-time farm advisors, the UCCE does not currently have a full time presence in San Benito County. It is important that this position be filled to ensure that the extension office remains a viable location where our local producers can come for assistance. Livestock is a large segment of this region’s agriculture, and an advisor in this field would provide much needed leadership and expertise to the industry.

As the Agricultural Commissioner, I have noticed an increase in inquires from our livestock producers in regards to rangeland health and feed issues. Unfortunately, we do not have the expertise to assist these individuals. A locally based advisor in this field would greatly benefit the region. I fully support filling this position and urge the UCCE allocate an advisor to our area.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 6:01 PM by Ronald Ross, San Benito County Agricultural Commissioner
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As coordinator of a multi-stakeholder effort in San Benito County to improve coordination among agencies, non-profit organizations, and private landowners, for the benefit of local ranchers and the lands they manage, I strongly encourage UCCE to fill the the position of Livestock-Range Advisor for San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. A UCCE Range Advisor would be an extremely valuable partner in our work to keep San Benito rangelands economically viable while also providing important landscape-level habitat value.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 8:08 PM by Karminder Brown
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I will add my support of this new Advisor position to the list above. This is a particularly well-conceived and described Advisor position. As such, it suggests strong backing from within UCCE and ANR, which will be critical to the selected scientist's success in the ambitious roles proposed.

The relevance of the proposed Advisor position to the emerging conservation theory and analyses of ecosystem services and sustainable working landscapes is promising. This position could help to bridge the gap between modern, mostly international, conservation theory (sustainable development, community based conservation, food security, ecosystem health, ecosystem services) and the very popular coalitions that have brought together the professional managers grass-roots and the agency regulators top-down approaches. While the basic issue of misunderstandings about the role of science in practical management is daunting and frustrating, this Advisor position could bridge that gap, too.

Establishment of this new Advisor position would also signal to the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition (of which I am a leader) that UCCE is taking its role as provider of scientific support very seriously. Linking this new Advisor position to the new Specialist in Rangeland Soils position would be most effective.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 10:01 PM by Lawrence D Ford

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