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Celebrating with Farm Bureau as they begin their Centennial year by receiving a proclamation from the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.


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Welcome Mandeep Virk-Baker to UCCE!

Dr. Mandeep Virk Baker is the Area Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences advisor for Fresno and Madera Counties. She received her Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. She also received her MPH degree and a Global Health Graduate Certificate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013.  

She received her Registered Dietitian certification from the Commission on Dietetic Registration in 2014. Prior joining UCCE, Dr. Virk-Baker completed a post-doctoral Cancer Prevention  training at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health. At NCI, Dr. Virk-Baker’s research was focused in the areas of dietary carcinogens, tobacco, nutrition, and global health. Dr. Virk-Baker has expertise in basic lab science, epidemiology, community nutrition, public health & policy.

She is excited to join our Fresno team and is looking forward to building collaborations for extension and research in Fresno and Madera. She is passionate about utilizing her scientific skills for improving health and wellbeing of our local communities.

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Improved Weed Control Benefits Growers and the Environment

Improved Weed Control Benefits Growers and the Environment

Improved Weed Control Benefits Growers and the Environment

Grower costs have been reduced by more than $30/acre thanks to Kurt Hembree’s research on improving herbicide performance on tree and vine crops. Weeds compete with crops for important resources such as irrigation water, fertilizers, and nutrients. Weeds also harbor harmful insects, rodents, and interfere with harvest efficiencies. Weeds increase labor and supply costs while reducing crop quantity and quality. Key treatment methods developed by Hembree include:

• Treat weeds when they are less than 4” tall
• Use appropriate spray nozzles for the conditions
• Increase the spray volume to improve weed coverage
• Combine herbicides to broaden control and reduce weed resistance

The potential savings on Fresno County’s 460,000 acres of fruit and nut crops using these treatment methods is nearly $14 million. The impact of improved weed control includes fewer weeds; fewer herbicide treatments needed; and reduced costs associated with equipment, fuel, and labor. This benefits both growers and the environment.

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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.



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