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 Rhonda Smith
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Rhonda Smith, Viticulture Farm Advisor.
 Title Viticulture Farm Advisor
 Location UCCE Sonoma County
 Time with ANR 27-plus years
 Typical Day There isn’t one—which is a beautiful thing. I could be in a vineyard setting up or collecting data in a field trial, going on farm calls at the request of growers to meet them or to diagnose or provide suggestions, or I could be in meetings planning or conducting collaborative activities with agencies, organizations, colleagues and/or growers.

 What I love Most About Working for ANR I love collaborating with growers, industry members and UC colleagues to address issues related to vine health, production and fruit quality. I enjoy interacting with people who strive to obtain and develop information that will help growers successfully navigate issues related to production, the environment and the community.

 My Story The first time I knew I wanted to be a farm advisor when I “grew up” was when, as an undergraduate, I first worked in field trials in several counties that were collaborative projects with a UC Davis plant pathologist and UCCE viticulture farm advisors—all of whom are now retired. It was obvious those advisors had a commitment to help growers be successful. Years later (and, now, years ago), I was chosen to fill a farm advisor position. I still consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to work with and for people who are committed to the development of knowledge that can help people succeed.

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

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