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Welcome New Advisor


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                          UCCE-Imperial County Hires New Advisor


The University of California Cooperative Extension office near Holtville welcomes Apurba Barman as the new low desert integrated pest advisor.  Barman comes to UC Cooperative Extension from the University of Georgia, where he was in charge of a whitefly monitoring and management program targeting cropping systems in the southern region of the state.


“I am very excited for my new role as IPM advisor based in Southern California and for the opportunity to serve one of the most important vegetable production regions in the state,” Barman said.  The diversity and intensity of crop production in this region demand targeted research to solve pest management issues and effective extension programs to reach out to diverse clientele.  I feel prepared for this job with my experience and passion to serve the community.”  He looks forward to meeting with local growers.


Barman earned a bachelor’s degree at Assam Agricultural University in India, and a master’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.  He completed his doctoral degree in 2011 at Texas A & M University at College Station, where he worked as a cotton extension entomologist with Texas AgriLife Extension Service and developed a research program to understand the extent of damage and management of thrips in the Texas High Plains region.


Barman began his new onsite Feb. 1, 2021.  He can be reached at (209) 285-9810 or by email at akbarman@ucanr.edu.