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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.
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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Dairy Manure Handling Systems Decrease Fly Production
Stable flies and houseflies are economically-hindering pests on dairies, inflicting damage in different ways. The stable fly sucks blood from dairy cows, which can causes milk production losses due to altered cow behavior during periods of high fly activity. Houseflies become a nuisance to the dairy producer when excessive fly numbers result in complaints from neighbors. As dairy farms grow larger, producers struggle with handling large volumes of manure that is generated by dairy animals and which also can produce excess fly populations. Various manure handling systems exists for dairy producers to handle the manure waste generated on the dairy. Gerald Higginbotham has been evaluating fly production from manure handling systems on local dairies. These systems consist of different types of settling basins where the dairy waste accumulates with the liquid portion draining off with the remaining solid portion used as fertilizer for cropland. Of the systems evaluated, composted dairy manure produced fewer total flies. Dairy producers who utilize this type of manure handling system may generate less fly production from their dairy facility
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