When farmers have questions, University of California Extension farm advisors find answers.
UC Extension farm advisor Ruth Dahlquist-Willard says, “The purpose of the cooperative extension system is to link the land grant universities with ordinary people.”
Dahlquist-Willard says, “Sometimes we have a farmer that has a disease on a plant and we send it to UC Davis so that they can find out exactly what it is and sometimes they have to do DNA tests or grow it out in a petri dish to really know what disease it is.:
UC Cooperative Extension Interim County Director Rebecca Ozeran says advising is only one of the services provided through the UC Extension, “We have four major categories in Fresno County. One is 4-H program which is a youth development and leadership program. One is our master gardener program which involves a lot of volunteers helping folks to garden. we also have a calfresh and extended food nutrition education program, our nutrition branch, and then we have what are called farm advisors.”