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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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Advisors Collaborate to Provide Training to Apiary Inspectors

Advisors Collaborate to Provide Training to Apiary Inspectors   


The services of county apiary inspectors are in demand as a result of issues impacting the beekeeping industry. Inspectors are called upon to evaluate hives for colony strength and examine them for disease, pest, and parasite infestations. In cooperation with the Fresno County Agricultural  commissioner’s office, Shannon Mueller and Richard Molinar offered training for 105 apiary inspectors in the Central San Joaquin Valley. The agenda included bee biology and activities within the hive and commonly occurring pests, predators, and diseases that may be encountered. Inspectors were taught how to properly wear bee suits and veils and how to light a smoker. At the Kearney Ag Center, commercial beekeepers provided hands-on instruction to small groups. Participants learned to open and inspect beehives without damaging the queen or hive parts. On-line training is now being developed by Shannon to aid apiary inspectors as well as crop producers who rely on honeybees for pollination.

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