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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.  

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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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Going Organic Keeps Going

Going Organic Keeps Going

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.

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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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