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Conservation Agriculture

Summary Develops knowledge and exchanges information on conservation tillage production systems, coordinates related research and extension programs, responds to needs for information on reduced tillage production alternatives, and plans and conducts statewide and regional conferences, workshops and training demonstrations as well as produces publications and internet materials that summarize research that the workgroup conducts.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Jeffrey Mitchell (Chair)
Phone (559) 646-6565
Unit: Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
Location: Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
9240 S. Riverbend Ave.
Parlier, 93648
Membership List
Jackson, James
Stewart, Donald
  SRA Ag Issues Center Crop study reports
AES Scientist
Ferris, Howard Nematology CAES
  Professor   Nematologist-AES Nematode biology and pest management, population biology, population assessment, ecology, integrated pest management
Horwath, William Soils & Biogeochemistry Program
  AES Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry Soil Biogeochemist Stable isotope studies, soil organic matter dynamics, soil fertility, sustainable agriculture, water quality, plant-microbe interactions, soil microbial biomass, denitrification, residue decomposition, root turnover.
Scow, Kate Land, Air & Water Resources
  Distinguished Professor Soil Microbial Ecologist-AES Microbiology of carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural soils; impact of management practices on soil biodiversity; biodegradation and bioremediation of contaminants in groundwater and soil.
Singer, Michael Soils & Biogeochemistry Program
  Professor   and   Soil Resource Scientist-AES, emeritus Soil genesis, classification, land use and resource development; soil erosion and conservation
Southard, Randal Land, Air & Water Resources
  Professor  and Soil Genesis /Morphologist-AES    Pedology
Summers, Charles Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  Entomologist, emeritus Pest management of field and vegetable crops, biology, ecology and management of aphids, aphids as virus vectors
Upadhyaya, Shrinivasa Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  Professor Tillage and traction, soil dynamics, soil crusting and compactional; site-specific crop management, soil and yield sensors, GIS, precision planting of propagules; and mathematical modeling of biological problems.
van Kessel, Chris Department of Plant Sciences
  Emeritus Professor, Department of Plant Sciences Agronomy, soil fertility, nutrient cycling, cropping systems, international agriculture.
CE Advisor
Aguiar, Jose Riverside County, Palm Desert Office
  Farm Advisor Vegetable crops and small farms
Brittan, Kent Sacramento County
  Emeritus Farm Advisor for Field Crops Small grains, corn and biofuel crops
Cahn, Michael Monterey County
  Farm Advisor, Irrigation and Water Resources Irrigation & Water Resources
Frate, Carol Tulare County
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Alfalfa, dry beans, sugarbeets, corn, plant pathology
Hembree, Kurt Fresno County
  Weed Management Farm Advisor Weed management strategies in crop and non-crop settings
Marsh, Brian Kern County
  County Director/Farm Advisor Agronomy, cotton, small grains, corn and silage, weed control
Mickler, Jan Stanislaus County
  Farm Advisor Vegetable Crops
Miyao, Eugene Capitol Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Emeritus Farm Advisor, Vegetable Crops Processing tomato production.
Molinar, Richard Small Farm Program
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Small farms, vegetable crops, organic farming, insect/weed management, specialty crops, sugar peas, strawberries, eggplant, squash, Asian vegetables such as basil, lemongrass, green beans, long beans, gailon, bittermelons, refugee farmers, Hmong, Lao, fluent in Spanish
Mueller, Shannon Madera County
  Emeritus Agronomy Farm Advisor Agronomy, alfalfa seed, hay production, seed certification, forage crops, pollination and honeybee management, oil seed crop production, and dry beans.
Munier, Douglas
  Retired Farm Advisor Agronomy-cotton, corn, wheat, clover seed, safflower, sunflower, and dry beans
Munk, Daniel Fresno County
  Farm Advisor Irrigation, crop nutrient management and cotton production systems
Smith, Richard Monterey County
  Farm Advisor, Vegetable Crop Production & Weed Science Vegetable Crop Production & Weed Science
Vargas, Ronald Madera County
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Field crops, cotton production, weed control
CE Specialist
Goyal, Sham Department of Plant Sciences
  AES   Specialist Regulation of nitrogen uptake, metabolism, and usage efficiency, physiology of abiotic stress (e.g., salinity) and tolerance, site-specific tillage for reduced energy input, and research and analytical techniques and instrumentation.
Hartz, Timothy Department of Plant Sciences
  CE Vegetable Crops Specialist Improved management regimes for commercial vegetable production, cultural practices for warm-season vegetable crops
Hutmacher, Robert Department of Plant Sciences
  Cooperative Extension Specialist / AES Agronomist (retired) cotton production issues, irrigation mgmt, drip irrigation, sorghum, industrial hemp, water stress, nutrient mgmt
Jackson, Louise Land, Air & Water Resources
  Emerita Professor   CE Specialist   Plant Physiologist Plant and soil nitrogen dynamics; organic and conventional vegetable production; grassland restoration ecology; agrobiodiversity
Kaffka, Stephen Department of Plant Sciences
  CE Specialist. Production and resource use efficiency of sugar, oilseed crops and other agronomic crops; Cropping systems and agroecology; biomass, bioenegy, bioproducts and related public policy issues; irrigation, salinity and drainage
Klonsky, Karen Agricultural & Resource Economics
  Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Emerita Farm Management and Production, Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Agriculture
Lanini, W Weed Science Program
  CE Weed Ecologist Ecology, weed crop competition, weed biology and low-input agriculture
Mcgiffen Jr., Milton Botany & Plant Sciences
  CE Specialist and Plant Physiologist Vegetable Crops, Invasive Species, Weed Science, Sustainable Agriculture, and Alternatives to Methyl Bromide
Mitchell, Jeffrey Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  CE Cropping Systems Specialist Vegetable cropping systems, irrigation management, soil quality, organic soil amendments, extension models, postharvest physiology
Temple, Steven Department of Plant Sciences
  WOS   CE Specialist III & Lecturer Agronomy and host plant resistance breeding of grain legumes, legume cover crops, sustainable farming systems; fluent in Spanish.
Other ANR
Andrade-Sanchez, Pedro Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of California, Davis
Baker, Julie Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
Broome, Janet Plant Pathology - CAES
  Project Scientist Plant Pathology, Sustainable Agriculture, Integrated Pest Management, Viticulture
Bryant, Dennis Department of Agronomy and Range Science
  Associate Director
Bugg, Robert Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP)
  Information Analyst Develop, gather and disseminate information on cover cropping, pest management and restoration ecology
Chaney, David Agricultural Sustainability Institute
  "Education Coordinator, Farm Advisor" Sustainable agriculture information development and distribution; educational programs and materials; administer competitive grants program for educational events; state leader for Western Region USDA SARE Professional Development Program
DeMoura, Richard Agricultural & Resource Economics
  Staff Research Associate Cost Production Studies
Kearney, Tom UCCE Yolo County
  Farm Advisor Cereal and oilseed crops
Kirby, Donald Intermountain Research & Extension Center
  Center Superintendent
Madden, Nicholaus Dean's Office CA&ES (UCD)
Ngouajio, Mathieu UC Riverside Department of Botany
  Post Doctoral Researcher
Schlosser, Mary (Kitty) Department of Plant Sciences
  Retired Seed certification
Solorio, Jaime UC WSREC
  Ag Technician
Van Horn, Mark Agricultural Sustainability Institute
  Director, Student Farm
Abubu, Fred Helena Chemical Co.
Aleman, Manuel Lost Creek Canyon Ranch
Alvare, Trini Ames Management
Andrews, Nick
Andrews, Susan USDA
Arias, Heather Air Resources Board
Armendariz, Juan Foster and Gardner
Aschmann, Stephanie USDA-NRCS
Avila, Jon Farming D
Baird, James
Baley, Kevin Baley Farms
Bastida, Henry Cocopah, Inc.
Becerra, Francisco
Berry, Will Unverferth Mfg.
Bishop, Alan Monsanto Chemicals
Blankenship, Rick Woolf Enterprises
Bojorguez, Gerardo Torres-Martinez EPA
Boyd, Mark
Braden, Chad John Deere Equipment Co.
Branham, Larry USDA-NRCS
Brase, Ron
Brostrom, Peter Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis
  Post Graduate Researcher Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems
Burke, Tim Laflin Burke LLC
Butler, Steve Santa Cruz County
Campbell, Mark
Carian, Blaine
Carpenter, Jim
Carrall, Kimberly Oasis Date Gardens
Carter, Lyle USDA ARS Shafter Cotton Field Station
  Agricultural Engineer Shafter, CA
Charlton, Brian
Cheechev, Walt USDA-NRCS
  District Conservationist
Chin, Dan
Clay, Pat University of Arizona
  Plant Sciences
Cohen, Dan
Cordova, Darrell
(info only) Crowell, Gib Bio, Inc.
Cummings, Clint
Currey, John USDA-NRCS
Davies, John
Delchaiw, Larry
Dennis, Steve
Dickson, Lane Soil and Water Science
Ditman, Craig
Dolan, Jeff California Tomato Commission
Dowdd, Edwin
Dudley, Chuck Joe Heidrick Farms
Dufaur, Rex NCAT
Dumble, Tom Quail Mtn. Herbs
DuSault, Allen Sustainable Conservation
  Program Developer
Dyer, Dave USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plant Materials Center
  Director, Lockford, CA Cover crop germplasm evaluation
Edwards, Wayne Monsanto Chemicals
Espinosa, Tish USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plant Materials Center
  Field Conservationist, Lockford, CA Cover crop germplasm evaluation, dust mitigation technologies
Fisher, Ralph USDA-NRCS
  State Agronomist
Fleming, Ross
Ford, Don Horizon Ag. Products
Fortner, Steve Sun Pacific Farms
  Farm Manager
Foster, Ed
  Foster & Gardner
Freesing, Erik
  Freesing Farms
Friberg, Jack
Fry, Robert
Gadoy, Chad Ag. Commissioner;s Office
Gasser, Bill
Gillespie, Cydean USDA-NRCS
Giovannoni, Ed
Gnos, Craig Batavia Farms
Goorahoo, Dave California State University Fresno
  Soil Scientist
Gottlieb, David RCD Santa Monica Mtns.
Griffin, Anthony Golden State Herbs
Guemmer, Phil Johnson Farm Machinery
Guerena, Martin NCAT
Hahn, Cliff Hahn Tractor
Hamilton, Neil
Hanson, Emily Monterey County RCD
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Harben, Ron Conservation District
Harding, Ron Western Farm Service
Hechtman, Ned
Heidrick, Joe Heidrick Enterprises
Heidrick, Tim Heidrick Enterprises
Herrero, Enrique Department of Vegetable Crops and Weed Science, University of California, Davis
  Post Graduate Researcher
Hertle, John East Stanislaus RCD
Hodges, Dale
Hogan, Phil
  District Conservationist
Holcomb, Diane
  NRCS State Resource Conservationist Supervisor-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Husman, Steve University of Arizona, Plant Sciences
Huyck, Leisa SAFS UCD
Irion, Clyde Actagro
Ishizuka, David
Jasper, Valerie Vasto Valley
Jeffredo, Jeff
Jeffredo, Ron
Jerkins, Diana Cal Poly Pomona, Plant & Soil Science
Johnson, Walter The Lyman Group, Inc.
  Vice President
Jones, Ron UCCE Lake
  Program Representative Outreach
Jorgensen, Gary Pacific Agronomics
Keck, Albert
Kellogg, Bill
Kerns, Martin
Kizirian, Don
Koller, Dave Central Valley Water District
Krauter, Charles Calif. State Univ., Fresno
Kutzner, Barbara Monsanto Company
  Technical Program Representative
Laflin, Ben
Leap, Jim Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis
  Manager, Center for Agroecology Organic farming systems
Leavitt, Fred Sun Pacific Farming
  Vegetable Division
LeBeouf, John California Tomato Commission
  Marketing order
Lehar, Kevin Woolf Farming
Lemunyon, Jerry USDA-NRCS
  Conservation Agronomist
Lewis, Daryl Pioneer Equipment Co.
  General Manager
Lomeli, Arturo Ag Commissioner's Office
Longfellow, Bill Excelsior-Kings RCD
Lum, Paul Peaceful Glen Farms
Luna, John Oregon State University
  Sustainable Ag. Coordinator
Luong, Phil
Lyles, Troy Air-Way Farms, Inc.
Machado, Mike P&M Farms
Macy, Nick
McAuliffe, Ryan
McCloskey, Bill University of Arizona
Moore, Tom USDA NRCS
Moyer, Jeff The Rodale Institute
Muller, Tom Joe Muller and Sons
Negroni, Sally USDA NRCS
Newton, Dick Jones Farms
  Farmer Stratford, CA
Nishikawa, Ted GF
Nutcher, Mike Hidden Valley Dairy, Modesto, CA
Ostrom, Mark Helena Chemical
Ottman, Mike University of Arizona
  Extension Agronomist
Pajarillo, Jovita USDA - EPA, San Francisco
Park, Scott Park Farming
  Farmer mixed farming
Perry, James
Quist, Pat Eastern Kern RCD
Rackerby, Dale
Ramos, Alfred USDA-NRCS
Richardson, Gene
Rickert, Randy Unilever Corporation
Robbins, Paul USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Resource Conservation District, Yolo County
Rochin, Hector Real Pro Farm
Rodrigues, John J.G. Boswell Co.
  Manager - Harvest/Equipment
Rodriguez, Monica
Rominger, Bruce Rominger Brothers Farms
  Farmer Winters, CA
Rominger, Richard
Rosenzweig, Marcie Full Circle
  consultant marketing
  Soil Conservationist
Ruozi, Al Interstate Equip. & Mfg.
Ryan, Matthew The Rodale Institute
Saulman, James Cumood
Schallberger, Joe
Schmidt, Scott Farming D
Schneider, Jim USDA NRCS
Malkin, Richard
  Professor Emeritus Photosynthesis: energy transduction in biological membranes
Shrestha, Anil Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
  IPM Weed Ecologist Development and implementation of IPM strategies and tactics for vegetation management. Primary crops corn, cotton, tree fruit, grape, tomato.
Singh, Gurpal
Smith, David USDA-NRCS
  State Soil Scientist
Smith, Jim
Smith, Roger
Souza, Jeff Vestra Resources, Inc.
Sporcic, Mike USDA, NRCS
  State Agronomist
Staunton, Marshall
Strait, Daniel US Fish & Wildlife Service
Struckmeyer, Chip Colusa County RCD
Sullivan, Rachel Colusa County RCD
  Watershed Manager
Summers, Matt CDFA
Szechtman, Alejandro
Taylor, John Plant & Micro Bio. UCB
Thomas, Fred
  Cover Crops
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Valencia, Jesus UCCE Stanislaus County
  CE Advisor Production
Van Anne, Lou Bigham Bros./Krause Corp.
Walther, Donald USDA, NRCS
  Cropland Specialist
Watkins, Joe
Wegener, Randy
Wilcox, Alan Wilcox Agriproducts
Wolfshohl, Karl Progressive Farmer
Woodley, Rick
Wrysinski, Jeanette Yolo RCD
Wu, Henry Monsanto Company
  Technical Program Representative
Young, D. J. University of Arizona
Zelinski, Lowell Precision Ag Consulting
  Precision ag, cotton
Zemenchik, Robert Case/Int'l Harvester
  Agronomy Research Manager
Other UC
Shennan, Carol UC Santa Cruz, CASFS
  Professor and Director
Wrobles, Jon UCCE Fresno County
Membership Totals
Number of Members231
ANR Members50
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