Centennial Staff Profiles
UCCE San Benito County
Farm Advisor Emeritus
Time with ANR
38 plus years
I am a retired Farm Advisor who is still working. Most of work time is now spent doing applied research projects on fruit and nut crops in the Central Coast area. I think you need a plan to be a successful retiree and what better work than doing the parts of your job with ANR that you loved the most. Currently I am working on projects concerning walnut husk fly, walnut anthracnose disease, blackline-resistant walnut varieties and spotted wing drosophila in cherries. I am still writing reports, attending meetings and visiting farmers but I don't need to worry about budget, personnel and a plethora of other things.
Most Memorable Moment
The recognition that I got upon my retirement from the walnut industry, Farm Bureau, local growers and my family.
What I love Most About Working for ANR
I love working with tree fruit and nut growers and with some of the Cooperative Extension colleagues that I have become friends with over the years.
I grew fruit trees in my backyard when I was a child and visited the Cooperative Extension office in Bakersfield to obtain publications. I attended UC Davis for my BS and MS degrees in pomology with the intention of working for Cooperative Extension. San Benito County was supposed to be a training position but I ended up staying there for my whole career.