University of California

USDA in Parlier could lose a year of science

When ABC Action News could find no one at the USDA's San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center in Parlier for comment on the federal government shutdown, reporter Brian Johnson turned to Jeff Dahlberg, director of the UC Kearney Research and Extension Center, which is located across the street.

USDA's ag research facility moved to the Parlier location from Fresno in 2000 to enable collaboration between the two organizations, which work together closely to improve California agricultural production and minimize its environmental impacts.

However, due to the shutdown, virtually all communication has stopped.

Dahlberg said he believes a few USDA employees are still allowed on site for some basic maintenance, such as keeping plants and insects alive. Other important tasks, like irrigation and pruning, have been delayed.

"I don't know what kind of impact this is going to have on them but I would have to venture to guess that it's going to set them back potentially for a year, because they could have lost some really important experiments right now," Dahlberg said.

The UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, shown, is across the street from the USDA San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Research Center, allowing for close collaboration.



Posted on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:23 AM
Tags: Jeff Dahlberg (8)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture


I strongly feel a follow-up that includes information sourced directly from the USDA-ARS San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center would be appropriate since the information provided so far is speculative but makes strong suggestions about the success of ongoing research projects. Please follow-up on this story.

Posted by Nicholas Clark on February 8, 2019 at 11:34 AM

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