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 Karen Giovannini
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Karen Giovanni, Agriculture Ombudsman for UCCE Sonoma County
 Title Agriculture Ombudsman
 Location UCCE Sonoma County
 Time with ANR 4 years
 Typical Day

I assist farmers and ranchers who would like to diversify their operations, usually with value-added products. I help them determine the regulatory requirements. I also work with the regulatory departments in order to try to streamline process and support ag businesses and diversification.

 Most Memorable Moment

Giving my presentation about a regulatory success story at Agriculture Innovation Network's Regulatory Summit in Davis. That story became Success Story #1 in the resulting publication, Regulating for Agricultural and Public Outcomes.

 What I love Most About Working for ANR

The feeling that I am contributing to the support of agriculture and agricultural businesses in Sonoma County.

 My Story

I was hired to look at Ecosystem Services on Rangeland in California. I worked on that project for about a year and created a website to share much of the research I conducted. When that grant ended in 2012, I started working on Ag Ombuds-type projects. The ombudsman position had been called for by many in the ag community. The UCCE office worked with Sonoma County to make this a permanent position. I also work on our website and social media. You can follow us on Facebook (UCCE Sonoma) and on Twitter (@UCCESonoma) and on YouTube (UCCE Sonoma)!

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

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