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235 Sustainable Orchard Systems Advisor for Almonds and Olives


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



As of June 28th, 2012 there will be no Farm Advisor covering table or oil olives north of Sacramento
Posted May 30, 2012 12:52 PM by Louise Ferguson
Almond and olive acreage is increased significantly in Glenn and Tehama counties in the past couple of years. This position is critical for almond and olive growers in the North State.
Posted Jun 1, 2012 8:48 PM by Richard Rosecrance
It is essential to Glenn County and surrounding counties that a farm advisor be hired to replace the retiring Bill Kruger. As an almond, prune farmer and some olives, Bill Kruger's assistance and research has been invaluable to the local agricultural industry.
Posted Jun 18, 2012 10:02 PM by Mike Vereschagin
Table olive and oil olive growers in Glenn and Tehama need a farm advisor. Bill Krueger did a wonderful job, and we wish him well with a vote of thanks and gratitude, but we need support now more than ever. Our hope is that an individual will be appointed to advise all of us up here, almonds, olives, prunes etc., it is an important and vital position.
Posted Jun 29, 2012 1:58 PM by Dan Vecere
The table olive industry is facing many challenges today. Some of them are almost beyond our control (e.g. foreign subsidies, political, etc)........So when we do have issues or challenges that we can have some type of control over it is essential that we are proactive in those arenas (e.g. mechanical harvesting, olive fly, olive knot, etc.)....And without the help of people such a Dr. Louise Ferguson and Bill Krueger we would powerless in these arenas as well. Note: I have been in the Olive Industry for over 35 years and hold the positions of Vice Chairman of the California Olive Committee, Chairman of the Research Committee (COC), and Director of Field Operations for Musco Family Olive Company.
Posted Jul 7, 2012 7:58 AM by Dennis Burreson
Almonds and Olives are among the top 10 crops in Glenn County.
Our Olive and Almond crops are growing in acreage every year.
We are centrally located in the Northern Sacramento Valley.
We have a great UC Extension Office just outside of Orland in Glenn County’s scenic agricultural land.
Our dedicated and community conscious farmers are being challenged by increased regulation and costs on their farms. Environmental and safety concerns are being presented to the growers every day. The University is an excellent method to discover better ways to develop the Glenn County orchards and educate the growers on the Best Management Practices to keep their investments profitable, safe and environmentally sound.
Posted Jul 17, 2012 12:25 PM by Jim Donnelly
The Butte County Farm Bureau supports the addition of a Sustainable Orchard Systems Advisor. Almonds and Olives are in Butte County's top ten crops. This position will eventually cover Butte County and is critical to keeping our orchards healthy and productive.
Posted Jul 18, 2012 9:38 AM by Butte County Farm Bureau
Tehama and Glenn counties need a farm advisor that can cover orchard crops like almonds and olives. When we as growers have questions and need information the farm advisor is the first place we go. We depend on the UC extension office and will greatly miss Bill Krueger. Filling his position is vital to growers.
Posted Jul 31, 2012 5:40 AM by Kathy Coatney
Almonds and olives are generally the top 2-4 crops produced in Tehama County. Almond acreage has increased 20.5% in the last five years and olive acreage has increased 13.3% in the same time period. With recent increased plantings of olive hedge varieties for oil production; acreage and values will continue to increase. UCCE research and support is invaluable to our local producers. With new and emerging pests and diseases; and our ever present water issues, the loss of a local Farm Advisor will be a major blow to Tehama County almond and olive producers.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 12:12 PM by Rick Gurrola, Tehama County Agricultural Commissioner
Having a "local" farm advisor is critical for the north state. Many advisors can know the same information, but understanding the needs of a particular area intimately gives a greater benefit when the knowledge/information is applied in the field.
Posted Aug 4, 2012 1:26 PM by Stacy J. Gore
Almonds are one of the staple crops of this area. The acreage is increasing, and with the help of local farm advisors, yields have increased as well.
With this bump in yield came new problems, such as huge disease pressure and increased insect populations.
Together with the farm advisors, growers are taking care of their orchards to produce a clean, healthy crop for the consumers. All the while chemical usage has decreased and irrigation practices have become more efficient.
As as staple commodity in both Glenn and Butte Counties, an almond expert is necessary to continue the path growers are on to "sustainability" and efficiency.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 4:04 PM by Lee Heringer
As part of the California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group (almonds, walnuts and pistachios) the Almond Board of California supports this position as well as position #079 – Sustainable Orchard Systems Advisor Walnuts and Prunes, which is also being supported by the California Walnut Board. These two positions take a coordinated regional approach to serving nut crops – particularly almonds and walnuts in Glenn, Tehama, and Butte Counties. Furthermore they take a rationale approach to succession planning for nut farm advisors in this region. As noted in position description #235, Bill Krueger has retired and Rick Buchner and Joe Connell will likely retire in 3 to 5 years.

The position description covers many key points with respect to almonds: 1) Within the three county region, there are over 74,000 acres of almonds; 2) There are a number ongoing research projects and needs being supported by the Almond Board which require guidance and collaboration of a pomology farm advisor. As such, the incumbent can expect engagement and support from the Almond Board. A number of these are referenced in the position description. In addition, an almond regional variety trial is being planned within the next three years; and 3) As noted in the position description, there are several new almond growers (and PCAs) in this region. Many have transitioned to almonds from row crops and do not have orchard experience – particularly in Glenn County. This new acreage underscores the need for an effective extension program.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 10:01 AM by Bob Curtis, Associate Director Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California
Almonds and olives are a staple of the agriuclture industry in the the northern Sacramento Valley region. With emerging issues of new pests concerns, water quality issues, and increased production, a local advisor in this position is needed to provide needed support and research to growers to maintain an effective, well-manage orchard program for the future.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 10:45 AM by Richard Price
Although the pistachio acreage in the Sacramento Valley is limited, production is expanding. There is some need for an Advisor with some pistachio responsibility in these and surrounding counties.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 1:31 PM by Bob Klein, California Pistachio Research Board
As the Butte County Cooperative Extension County Director, I know the Extension research and education needs for growers of almonds and olives in Glenn and Tehama counties are currently unmet. Without a local Advisor, UCCE is also unable to support the research mission of the Agricultural Experiment Station. In addition, this position is a crucial part of succession planning for tree crop Farm Advisors in the northern Sacramento Valley. Once again, time is running short if a tree crop agricultural extension program is to be maintained in the northern Sacramento Valley.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 8:16 PM by Joseph Connell

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