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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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Evaluating Herbicides in Blackeye Beans May Save Substantial Expenses

Evaluating Herbicides in Blackeye Beans May Save Substantial Expenses

Kurt Hembree conducted field trials to look at herbicides and application methods for controlling weeds in blackeye beans. Weed control is necessary in blackeyes to preserve yield and bean quality. However, since so few herbicides are registered in this crop in California, growers must have their fields hand-weeded, increasing the cost of production by at least $200/acre. In 2010 field trials, some herbicides tested provided economical control of weeds, but caused damage to the bean plants. When spray shields were used to help keep the herbicides off the crop foliage, crop injury was minimal and yields were excellent. If some of the herbicides tested become registered in California, it would help eliminate the necessity for hand-weeding in most fields and save growers at least $150/acre or about $1.2 million annually.

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