Going Organic Keeps Going
As consumer interest in organic and pesticide-free produce increases, growers are offering alternatives by responding to health concerns with organically grown fruits and vegetables. Organic research and education is important to consumers for their family health and to the grower whose family works on the farm with less exposure to toxic chemicals. Richard Molinar has received approval to organically farm 10 acres at the Kearney Agricultural Center. These 10 acres allow Molinar to grow crops organically and conduct field days for growers and consumers to see, feel, and taste the fruits of the research.
Early in the growing season, Molinar demonstrates soil solarization and the use of different colors of plastic to maintain effective organic weed control. As the season progresses, field day participants have an opportunity to experience pest management of crops and at harvest the fruits of the labor are enjoyed with taste testing.
Serving Fresno County
New Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor
Rebecca Ozeran is the new Extension Advisor for Livestock and Natural Resources in Fresno and Madera counties. Rebecca grew up in Yuba City, CA with a passion for animals and the land that supports them. She majored in Animal Science at Cal Poly for her Bachelor’s degree and attended Montana State University for her Master’s degree in Animal and Range Sciences. Rebecca will focus her research, outreach and extension education efforts on current issues impacting livestock producers and land managers in both counties. Topics of interest could include 1) management of forage and water during drought, 2) ranch economic sustainability, 3) livestock/wildlife coexistence and conflict, and 4) targeted grazing and grazing systems.
Rebecca Ozeran es la nueva Advisor de Ganado y Recursos Naturales en los condados de Fresno y Madera. Rebecca creció en Yuba City, California, y tenía una pasión por animales y la tierra silvestre. Ella estudió las ciencias animales en Cal Poly y asistió Montana State University por su título de máster en las ciencias animales y pastizales. Rebecca enfocará sus esfuerzos de investigación, educación y extensión a la comunidad en los problemas actuales que afectan a los productores de ganado y a otros que toman decisiones respecto a la tierra en ambos condados. Temas de interés puede incluir 1) el manejo de forraje y agua durante la sequía,
2) la sostenibilidad económica de ranchos, 3) la coexistencia y los conflictos entre la vida silvestre y el ganado, y 4) pastoreo dirigido y los sistemas de pastoreo.
UCCE welcomes new Nut Crop Advisor to the Fresno County team!
Mae Culumber is the new UC Cooperative Extension Advisor for Nut Crops in Fresno County beginning July, 2016. As Nut Crop Advisor, Mae’s program will consist of locally-based extension, education and applied research efforts to address production issues encountered by almond, pistachio, and walnut growers in the area. The UC Cooperative Extension Nut Crops research and extension programs for Fresno and Madera Counties will focus primarily on:
- Dissemination of information related to orchard planting and establishment
- Integrated Pest Management
- Disease management
- Variety and rootstock trials
- Research on irrigation scheduling
- Managing proper nutrition and fertilization program
- Harvesting and post-harvest handling of nut crops
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In the News
On Tuesday, September 1st Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chairman Debbie Poochigian sponsored an agenda item proclaiming September 13 through 19, 2015 as “4-H Club Week” in Fresno County.
We Deliver the Future!
The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is a statewide network of campus based Agricultural Experiment Station researchers and Cooperative Extension specialists located on the Berkeley, Davis and Riverside campuses working collaboratively with county-based Cooperative Extension advisors located in 50 county offices throughout the state.