This is the second in a series of blog posts to highlight individuals within the UC Cooperative Extension (CE) working to bring science-based solutions to challenges facing rangeland stakeholders.  This post features 7 county-based CE Advisors in Central California.

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County-based Central California CE Advisors listed from North to South…

Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and San Francisco: Sheila Barry, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor

Contact: (408) 282-3106 ● Ÿ Ÿ ● 1553 Berger Dr., San Jose

Highlight: Promoting an understanding of beef production and the value of cattle grazing and the ecosystem services it provides to an urban public.


Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties: Theresa Becchetti, Livestock and Natural Resource Advisor

Contact: (209) 525-6800 ● Ÿ Ÿ● 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto

Highlight: Investigating practical management options for a variety of invasive species on rangelands, including Medusahead.


El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne: Scott Oneto, Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisor

Contact: (209) 223-6834 ●Ÿ ● Ÿ 12200B Airport Rd., Jackson

Highlight: Developing chemical control strategies for the invasive weed – oblong spurge (Euphorbia oblongata).


Mariposa, Merced, and Madera: Fadzayi Mashiri, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor

Contact: (209) 626-9449 ●Ÿ Ÿ ● 5009 Fairgrounds Rd., Mariposa

Highlight:  Comparing the effects of different spring and fall application rates of Aminopyralid (Milestone) on medusahead.


San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz: Devii Rao, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor

Contact: (831) 637-5346 x 14 ● Ÿ ●Ÿ 3228 Southside Rd., Hollister

Highlight: Setting up forage production plots across counties to understand how forage production changes between years and across regions. 


Monterey and San Luis Obispo: Royce Larsen, Watershed and Natural Resource Advisor

Contact: (805) 434-4106 Ÿ● Ÿ● 350 North Main St., Templeton

Highlight:  Created the Rancher Sustainability Self-Assessment Project – a voluntary self-assessment of all aspects of livestock operations to ensure the sustainability of production, lands and families.

Kern, Tulare, and Kings: Julie Finzel, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor

Contact: (661) 868-6219 ●Ÿ ●Ÿ 1031 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., Bakersfield

Highlight:  Working on a project that will quantify the economic impact mountain lions have on livestock production.