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Kari Arnold joined UCCE as an area orchard and vineyard systems advisor in Stanislaus County on Nov. 1, 2017.

Prior to joining UCCE, Arnold was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis, where she participated in a statewide extension and outreach program involving viruses in grapevines and the certification program, collaborated with county viticulture advisors and industry leaders to facilitate grower workgroups for regional management of grapevine viruses, and provided presentations at grower meetings.

As a graduate student researcher from 2011 to October 2016, Arnold participated in individual grower meetings and surveys, facilitated and collaborated with a grower workgroup for areawide disease management in Napa vineyards, and conducted statistical characterization of spatial and temporal patterns of insect-vectored plant viruses. From 2009 to 2011, Arnold also worked as a staff research associate and nursery technician for Foundation Plant Services at UC Davis, where she provided employee training; worked on team oriented projects; provided tours, conducted virus indexing, and collected and analyzed data.

Arnold completed an M.S. and a Ph.D. in plant pathology from UC Davis and a B.S. in horticulture from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Walnut News & Fruit For Thought Newsletter

Issue Articles Type Date Added
Smoke Impact on Grapes

Good afternoon all:


Please see link for information about smoke impact on grape crops.

PDF 9/14/20
USDA Flyers concerning COVID-19

Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. Options to apply are available on https://www.farmers.gov/cfap and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has launched a call center to help answer questions. FSA staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications.

We need your help. We want to ensure producers are aware of available online tools and the call center, as well as how FSA is working virtually with producers to complete applications. This toolkit is meant for producers and agricultural organizations to use to share information in their networks. This toolkit includes:

  • Key messages 
  • Newsletter article
  • Social media posts
  • Social media story posts
  • Posters

The deadline is September 11, 2020.

PDF 8/28/20
The Scoop Volume 25.3 July 2020

In This Issue:

  • IPM Task at Harvest: Identifying Insect Pest Damage Through Harvest Sampling
  • Managing Walnut Mold
  • Walnut Rootstocks
PDF 7/29/20
Establishing Nut Crop Orchards - Summer 2020 Webinar Series

Register today to learn about  Establishing Nut Crop Orchards from experts with the University of California and USDA. Different topics will be presented during each session. $10 registration fee will allow you to attend any or all of the sessions from 3-5 PM on July 29, August 5 and August 12. CEUs have been obtained from CCA for all 3 sessions and have been applied for from CA DPR for Aug. 5 (1.0 Other). For more information on registration, contact anrprogramsupport@ucanr.edu, 530-750-1361 or for course content, contact Phoebe Gordon, pegorden@ucanr.edu, Orchard Crops Farm Advisor, UCCE Madera (detailed agenda at //ucanr.edu/sites/PSU/files/329744.pdf)

PDF 7/14/20
Scoop: Volume 25, Issue 2 (Colloboration with Roger Duncan and Jhalendra Rijal)

In This Issue:
• Delayed irrigation in walnuts
• Compost may not improve orchard performance
• Managing true bugs in almonds

PDF 4/15/20