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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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Advisors Collaborate on Beekeeping Project
The recent media focus on the impact of colony collapse disorder to
the nation’s beekeeping industry increased the public’s awareness
of the importance of honey bees to agriculture. Shannon Mueller
and Richard Molinar began keeping bees to gain hands-on experience and to have access to colonies for educational activities with their clientele. Shannon serves as a resource on bees and pollination in Fresno County. Richard is exploring beekeeping as an opportunity for family farms/specialty crops clientele. Together, they manage five colonies and give presentations throughout the year covering basic beekeeping and the importance of bees and pollination in agriculture. Because they maintain their own colonies, they are able to bring bees in an observation hive to clientele meetings. Adults and children are fascinated watching the various activities of the inhabitants of the hive. This activity has resulted in significant improvement in interactions with local beekeepers and has potential as a new opportunity for small farmers, given the shortage of bees for pollination in California.
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