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UC Walks 2018
The County Director, Advisors, Community Education Specialists and County Employees took part in the 2018 UC Walks. This is a UC system-wide wellness event, which promotes wellness and an active lifestyle. The participants collectively walked a total of 306 minutes. Congratulations to all who participated.
On the Spot Award
Congratulations Chris Wong for receiving the "On The Spot Award" for all your hard work and dedication.
Visit from Chairman of Board of Supervisors and CEO
The chairman of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, Ray Castillo and new CEO Tony Rouhotas, met with the academic staff and community education specialists to learn more about the many programs going on at UC Cooperative Extension-Imperial County. The agronomy, low desert weed, irrigation & water management, and livestock advisors spoke about the current projects they're working on and their goals for the future. The CalFresh education specialist gave updates on their programs which include reducing childhood obesity, better nutrition for low income families, improved physical fitness and community gardens. The 4-H Youth Development CES emphasized the goals of 4-H is to build leaders for tomorrow through citizenship, community involvement and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) model. UCCE-Imperial County would like to thank Supervisor Castillo and Mr. Rouhotas for taking time out of their busy schedules to learn more about the research and programs that we do here.
UCCE Agronomic Crops & Irrigation Water Management Field Day/Workshop
University of California Cooperative Extension - Imperial County held its annual "Agronomic Crops and Irrigation Water Management Field Day/Workshop combination" at UC Desert Research and Extension Center on April 18th. At this combined event, 26 researchers from UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC Merced, UCCE Imperial and Riverside Counties, the University of Arizona, progressive farmers, the water industry and private sector came together to bring innovative ideas and solutions and to disseminate the outcomes of their recent studies in the desert region. Dr. Mark Bell, UC ANR Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs delivered the opening comments. Twenty-four (24) presentations were given during three sessions of field demonstrations, an indoor workshop, and industry update. The event was organized by UCCE Imperial County advisors; Ali Montazar, Pratap Devkota and Oli Bachie and was sponsored by the Toro Company and AquiMax Company. We thank all presenters, the sponsor(s), growers, DREC and all of the participants for making this event successful.
Mark Bell, UC ANR Vice Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs, is delivering opening comments at the Field Day/Workshop.
Dan Putman, UCD Statewide Alfalfa and Forage Extension Specialist, talks about alfalfa variety performance for the low desert during the field demonstration session.
Charles Brummer, UCD Director of the Plant Breeding Center, talks about alfalfa improvement for future California Environments and pest management during the field demonstration session.
Local farmer, Ronnie Leimgruber shares his experience on automation of flood irrigation during the field demonstration session.
Ali Montazar, UCCE Irrigation and Water Management Advisor, talks about sunflower as a low water user crop and ongoing crop water-use studies for the low desert cropping system at the workshop session.
Pratap Devkota, UCCE Weed Science Advisor, talks about evaluation of residual herbicides for weed control in low desert alfalfa at the field demonstration session.
Mark Roberson and his team, Environmental Consultant Group, talk about Lidar and drone technology during the field demonstration session.
Steve Kaffka UCD Extension Agronomist and Director of California Biomass Collaborative, talks about the causes of sugarbeet seedling mortality and emergence failure in the Imperial Valley at the workshop session.
Oli Bachie, UCCE Imperial County Director and Agronomy Advisor, talks about Alfalfa selfing and pollinator management at the workshop session.
Fred Ahnert, The Toro Company's District Sales manager, talks about optimizing irrigation uniformity and water use efficiency at the industry update session.
Kyle Harrington, Program Coordinator Field Crop IPM at the University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension, talks about alfalfa and sorghum pest management for 2018 at the workshop session.
Congratulations Andrea Ramirez on 10 Years
Andrea Ramirez was recently honored by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors for her ten years of service to the University of California Cooperative Extension office. Ramirez began working for the County as an Extra Help employee before being hired on full time as an Office Assistant III on March 19, 2008. In 2014, she was promoted to Office Technician. Thank you and congratulations on your 10 loyal years of service with the County of Imperial.
2018 Guidelines - Price increase July 1, 2018
Desert Research and Education Center
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Insights: Water and Drought Online Seminar Series
The latest research-based advice on weathering a drought is now available free online. The UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is working to help farmers cope with the unwelcome outcome of historically low rainfall the last three years. UC scientists, with support from the California Department of Water Resources, have recorded video presentations on high-priority drought webpages.
Each presentation is about one half hour in length and are available at the link below:
The University of California has been extensively involved in research and implementation of water conservation/management strategies throughout the state. A lot is knows about when and how to most effectively use limited water supplies. The links below contain a brief introduction. Additional information is available at UC ANR drought website. http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/California_Drought_Expertise/
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