University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Centennial Staff Profiles


 Name Richard Molinar
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 Title Small Farm Advisor Emeritus
 Location UCCE Fresno County
 Time with ANR 27 years
 Typical Day Every day was different and unique. One day I would visit farms to help with their food safety issues, insect/disease/weed identification and management, or to help them with regulatory issues related to OSHA or Labor enforcement. On another day I may have organized a meeting with 40 strawberry growers to help them with best management practices to optimize production. I also spoke at many weed/small farm, PAPA, or CAPCA conferences and UC Master Gardener trainings. The whole day might also be spent harvesting fruit from a strawberry irrigation or variety trial we initiated to help the growers in our county.

 Most Memorable Moment My most memorable moment with UCCE was receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Hmong farmers I work with and an honorary Hmong name from them, Vam Meej (which means to give prosperity).

 What I love Most About Working for ANR Being in the field and actually helping a farmer resolve a particular problem.

 My Story While teaching as a Peace Corps volunteer (2 years) and at a community college (6 years), I realized that I got a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction helping people. I saw what farm advisors did in my home town of Bakersfield (Walt Bentley and Pete Goodell) and decided that is what I wanted to do. In addition to teaching for the 8 years, I worked in private industry for 10 years and finished a Master's degree to work towards becoming a farm advisor.

Here's to another 100 years of science and service!

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