A significant portion of the agricultural industries in California is
centered in "desert" regions of the State. In order to address issues
pertinent to these regions, a new academic unit, known as the Agricultural
Research Institute for Deserts (ARID), was formed at UCR. One of the objectives
of ARID is to form a DANR workgroup, which would focus on agricultural
issues/problems in desert regions. The specifics of the workgroup are listed
Name of Workgroup: Workgroup on Desert Agriculture
Topical workgroup areas: Ag Policy and Pest Management/Ag Productivity
Co-chairs of workgroup: Milt McGiffen (Assoc. CE Specialist, Vegetable
Crops, UCR) and Mike Stanghellini (Professor of Plant Pathology, Director of
Level of activity: Stage 1 --start-up activities to get organized and
established as a workgroup. Initial objectives are to:
- identify and prioritize critical agricultural issues
(aesthetic/amenity/production) in desert regions,
- initiate and expand linkages with other stakeholders in desert
- serve as a focal point for agricultural research, service and education
programs in desert agriculture.
Pertinent question: Would you like to be a member of the Workgroup on
Desert Agriculture? If interested, please submit the information on this form
by August 30, 1999.
Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please contact
either of the above co-chairs of the workgroup. Please feel free to distribute
this information to other interested parties.
Thank you for your consideration,
Milt McGiffen, Assoc. CE Specialist,
Vegetable Crops, UCR.
Mike Stanghellini, Professor
of Plant Pathology, Director, ARID, UCR