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Northern Cooperative Extension Advisors Serve Ranchers from the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association This article is the third in a series to showcase individuals within the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) who bring practical, science-based answers to ranchers across the state. This article showcases the UCCE advisors in Southern California and along the coast.
Cooperative extension advisors work hand in hand with agricultural producers to address local issues and create a nexus between fellow extension advisors and the researchers at the University of California campuses. “I have had the opportunity to work with a handful of cooperative extension advisors in Northern California on different projects at the ranch, feedlot and rice farming operation,” said Jerry Maltby, Broken Box Ranch, Williams. “This series of articles on the cooperative extension network provides ranchers the opportunity to learn about the breadth of issues advisors are working on up and down the state and expand our resources to be more productive cattle producers. I encourage fellow cattlemen to contact their advisors about specific issues or ideas to improve their ranch.” This article features the eight cooperative extension advisors who work with ranchers to address animal welfare, livestock production and rangeland management issues to build prosperous ranching businesses. We are excited to introduce you to the coastal and southern advisors below, with contact information, areas of specialty, along with highlights from one of their recent projects. 1 Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino: David Lewis
Phone: (415) 473-4204 • E-mail: email@example.com
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Office Location: 1682 Novato Boulevard-Suite 150-B, Novato, CA 94947 Area of Specialty: Water quality; conservation practice effectiveness; land use policy; and climate resiliency. Current Research and Topics of Interest: Documenting the carbon and nitrogen stocks in revegetated streams and rivers and the role of ranch stewardship in accomplishing these projects that have beneficial impacts for the environment and climate. Also, conducting long-term water quality data analysis for indicator bacteria in the Tomales Bay Watershed. This project complements more than 20 years of ranch water quality planning education and on-ranch implementation by analyzing in-stream water quality to identify changes over time in response to stewardship efforts. 2 Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and San Francisco: Sheila Barry Phone: (408) 282-3106 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Location: 1553 Berger Drive, Building 1, San Jose, CA 95112 Area of Specialty: Working rangelands outreach, grazing management for biodiversity and special status species, conservation land management, watershed management and rangeland monitoring. Current Research and Topics of Interest: Promoting an understanding of beef production and the value of cattle grazing and the ecosystem services it provides to an urban public. 3 Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties: Theresa Becchetti Phone: (209) 525-6800 • E-mail: email@example.com Office Location: 3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite A, Modesto, CA 95358 Area of Specialty: Invasive species, ecosystem services, rangeland management and water quality. Current Research and Topics of Interest: Investigating practical management options for a variety of invasive species on rangelands. Working collaboratively with others in Cooperative Extension, we have been able to identify management practices that are cost effective at managing Medusahead on rangelands. 4 El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne: Scott Oneto Phone: (209) 223-6834 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Location: 12200B Airport Road, Jackson, CA 95642 Area of Specialty: Weed science, rangeland management, home horticulture and small farms. Current Research and Topics of Interest: Developing chemical control strategies for the invasive weed oblong spurge (Euphorbia oblongata).