I am very happy to be the new UCCE orchard Systems Advisor for Kern and Kings Counties. Prior to joining UCCE Kern County, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Davis Department of Plant Pathology, performing research on fungal diseases of orchard crops with an emphasis on stone fruit diseases and thousand cankers disease of walnut. I completed my Ph.D from UC Davis and I received my M.S. from Fresno State. Before coming to the USA in pursuit of graduate studies, I finished my undergraduate studies from The University of Jordan gaining hands-on training in plant production (Horticulture).
My interest in agriculture started at a very young age and I followed in my father’s footsteps and worked with my family growing potatoes under center pivots. I was also lucky to intern for a whole season pruning peaches and nectarines among other orchard crops. I am very excited to be able to return to the central valley serving the growers and the agricultural sector, believing in our contribution to food security and human prosperity. I am also a strong believer in the mission of UCCE to provide the growers with the latest information based on applied research geared towards addressing local issues. I can be reached at UCCE Kern County office at: 1031 South Mount Vernon Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93307, phone: 661-868-6211. I can also be reached through email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editors note: We welcomed a new almond advisor this to the Kern County Office. Mohammad Yaghmour started in the fall of 2015. We are happy to have Mohammad on board. Please feel free to contact him for assistance. I am looking forward to the expertise and experience he brings to UCCE.