2012 Call for Supplemental Positions
111 Subtropical Horticulture Advisor
Proposed Area of Coverage
Riverside and San Bernardino
- Etaferahu Takele - Main Contact
- Subtropical horticulture advisor position for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties (docx), uploaded 04/10/2012 by Etaferahu Takele
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.
I support this position. It would have been totally inactive, had not been for a staff person filling in. This is an active region for citrus, avocado and new upcoming crops in the area.
Riverside County's citrus and avocado industry needs the support of this position. The county has over 17,000 acres of citrus planted with a value of $140 million. Riverside County relies on agriculture as a major contributer and employer in the county. We urge you to fill this position.
This is an industry that is very active and is facing many challenges that threaten its future. A Farm Advisor is needed to address the problems and link the industry with University Researchers.
The California avocado industry needs the support of this position. The ability to conduct outreach and implement research in avocado groves is an increasingly important consideration when the California Avocado Commission is making funding decisions. The avocado industry is facing increasing pressure from issues that directly affect the profitability of growing avocados through the high cost of water necessatating changes to growing practices. Advisors remain the most trusted source of information for growers and the best link between the University and researchers. The California Avocado Commission supports the position of a subtropical horticulture advisor
Critical position addressing production issues for several key subtropical crops (dates, citrus and avocado). This person is an important part of the continuum with strong presence at UCR, linkage to the counties is very important. This person could serve a regional niche bring research and education to the growers that addresses statewide issues. Strong commodity board support for the three main commodities. There is also very strong county government support. We are at a critical juncture in production, county-based research and educational programs are needed.
The 7 county area of Southern California has (200) over 8,000 growers growing citrus and avocados alone worth $M 860,000. But many other crops are grown, such as bluebrry, dates, mango, persimmon, jujube and other niche crops that can compete because of our climate. The three adviors in this area, somewhat share cross-county responsabilities for generating new research and extending it. It's also an aging group and will not be serving this area for many more years. When Nick Sakovich left in 2002, he took a wealth of knowledge that no one else new. We can't continue to lose this knowledge.
This region has substantial production of subtropical crops and UCR has recently hired a CE Specialist in this area. An Advisor position is essential to build the teamwork we need to address the major pest, disease, and water issues facing these industries.
I strongly support this position because we have some major problems with the subtropical tree crops in Southern California. The most important problem is the entry of Asian Citrus Psyllid into the citrus and the HLB disease is probably not far behind. We need an advisor leading the educational and applied research program on these problems. Without a strong effort these problems will go into the San Joaquin Valley with disastrous results for California. We also have problems with other invasive pests such as Diaprepes root weevil and the ambrosia beetles attacking the avocados. And, we have major problems with irrigation scheduling and salinity accumulation. We have good industry support for the advisor, and good county support. I plan to retire in two years and if an advisor could be hired now, I could work with advisor to introduce the person to the industry and the problems.
This position becomes even extremely important as we lost the staff support funding
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