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Agricultural Resources

Agriculture & Climate

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The Agricultural and Climate Program focuses on the impacts of climate trends on agricultural production and farm enterprises in San Diego County.

We are developing information resources about the policies, research, programs and strategies available to support sustainable agriculture and contribute to soil, water and energy conservation. Our clients include agricultural producers, policy makers, government agencies, researchers, educators, consultants and other public and private agricultural service providers.

Visit the Statewide Climate Smart Ag Website

Visit the Climate and Agriculture in San Diego County Website

Ag Water Quality Research & Education

The Agricultural Water Quality Research and Education Program assists growers and the general public by researching and developing farming practices that protect water quality, and fostering the implementation of these practices in the field. As part of the University of California, Cooperative Extension in San Diego County, our programs are based on sound scientific research and cooperation with the participants in our programs.

Visit the Ag Water Quality Website


Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. IPM can be used to manage all kinds of pests anywhere—in urban, agricultural, and wildland or natural areas. This section covers some work and information from Area IPM Advisor Cheryl Wilen, Ph.D. She works primarily with professional ornamental plant growers, pest control advisers, landscapers, and public agencies. Cheryl is also the Area Integrated Pest Management Advisor for Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties.

Visit the Integrated Pest Management Website



Human & Wildlife Interactions

The Vertebrate Pest Control Education Program provides flexible multimedia outreach and education focused on agricultural vertebrate pest control including pesticide application and trapping practices of wildlife in the state of California. Here you can also find information on acquiring study materials to assist you in preparing for the Private Applicator Certificate (PAC) exam as well as links to various handbooks for species specific Best Management Practices (BMPs). PLEASE NOTE: Our Online course certification is currently unavailable for both Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB).

Visit the Human and Wildlife Interactions Website



Ag Economics & Small Farms

The Agricultural Economics & Small Farm Program focuses on the challenges and opportunities of California's small-scale farm operators.

We develop field and marketing research aimed at the needs of small- and moderate-scale farmers, and provide that information to farmers who are often not reached by traditional extension programs. Our clients include farmers of many different cultures who operate a wide variety of farming operations, often with limited resources.

Visit the San Diego County Small Farms Website

Floriculture & Nursery

The Floriculture and Nursery Farm Advisor Emeritus, James A. Bethke conducts applied research, education and outreach programs to improve production and viability of the floriculture and nursery industries in San Diego and Riverside Counties. Environmental issues such as water quality and exotic pests are challenging the viability of the industry. If you are among those affected, join us at one of our workshops or seminars and find out what we're doing to help you.

Visit the Floriculture & Nursery Website

Subtropical Fruit Crops

The Subtropical Fruit Crops program works closely with growers (old and new) on a wide range of issues affecting mostly avocados and citrus. Dr. Gary Bender has been the Subtropical Fruits Advisor in San Diego since 1985 and has conducted research to help growers with such issues as irrigation requirements for avocado and citrus, fertility projects, canopy management, and rootstocks and insect and mite control. He has also helped develop the blueberry industry in San Diego County with variety trials and irrigation trials. He has also done research projects on some of the minor subtropical fruits, which show promise commercially, including cherimoya, litchi, carambola and pitahaya (dragon fruit).

Visit the Subtropical Fruit Crops Website


The viticulture program addresses critical needs and issues that affect wine grape and table grape production in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. The overall goal is to develop a program to maintain vineyards with a more sustainable approach that includes the control of pests and pathogens and the efficient management of irrigation, fertilization, and floor management.

Commercial growers contact:
Carmen Gispert PhD
Area Viticulture and Pest Management Advisor
81-077 Indio Blvd. Suite H
Indio, CA 92201

Ph: 760-342-2466
Fax: 760-342-6490

Email: cgispert@ucanr.edu
Visit the Viticulture Website