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

Eric Natwick

Cooperative Extension Imperial
Farm Advisor
Time with ANR
32 years
Typical Day

I diagnose insects and insect related disease problems brought to my office or on field calls from filed crops, vegetable crops and from homes and business offices. I write reports on insect management research and management of insect transmitted disease research for both field crops and vegetable crops grown in the Imperial Valley, CA. I write grant proposals for insect management research and insect transmitted disease research for vegetable crops and field crops grown in Imperial County. I write, update and/or review UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines for various vegetable crops and field crops grown in California. I prepare educational materials for my clientele by writing newsletter articles and preparing PowerPoint presentation for delivery to clientele via our web-based newsletter or at educational meetings.

Most Memorable Moment

My most memorable moment working for UC ANR was when I received the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Research - Advisor because this was an honor bestowed on my by my colleagues.

What I love Most About Working for ANR

I enjoy working on a research farm where I'm privileged to conduct research on insect management problems related the the needs of our local clientele. I also enjoy the personal interaction with clientele and with fellow researchers.

My Story

After graduate school I was looking for a full time job in entomology. I was living in Tucson, AZ as a newly wed and working part time at the USDA ARS Forage Insect Laboratory in Tucson. I applied for a couple of position with UC Cooperative Extension because there weren't many entomology jobs available at that time an received an invitation to be interviewed in Imperial County. I was fairly certain that I was not going to be interested in the position and that they would not offer a salary that would at lease match what my new bride was making working for IBM. When I saw the agriculture in the Imperial Valley, learned of the potential to conduct research as well as extending knowledge, met the UCCE Imperial County Advisors and staff, and was informed that UCCE could match my wife's salary I got very excited. So much so that we drove from Tucson to the Imperial Valley the next weekend. I was very fortunate to be selected for the job and have enjoyed working here ever since.


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