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University of California
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
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.
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Floriculture & Nursery
The Floriculture and Nursery Farm Advisor, 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.
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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).
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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
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