UC Cooperative Extension - Kern County
2018 Southern San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium
In cooperation with the Consolidated Central Valley Table Grape Pest and Disease Control District, our viticulture advisor, Ashraf El Kereamy, will be hosting this informative symposium.
When: Thursday, January 18th, 2018 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Kern High School District Ag Pavilion
3300 E. Belle Terrace, Bakersfield CA 93307
Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Online registration is available here.
Horticulture for Landscapes, Gardens and Orchards
Ridgecrest and Vicinity
In cooperation with Indian Wells Valley Water District (IWVWD) and East Kern RCD, our Environmental Horticulturist, John Karlik, will be offering this 12 week course beginning February 13, 2018. The class will meet at the IWVWD offices on Tuesday evenings at from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.
The syllabus for the course can be found here.
For more information, contact John Karlik at 661-868-6220, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Southern San Joaquin Livestock Symposium
The symposium will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 8 AM - 12 PM at the UC Cooperative Extension office in Bakersfield. This year it is all about getting back to basics. For more details, you can access the flyer and the agenda.
The pre-registration fee is $15 per person and you can pay on-line with your credit card (preferred) at http:/ucanr.edu/livestock2018. You can also register by mail with check or money order by using the mail-in registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check and registration form no later than February 15th. Late registration will be $20 per person at the door.
Kern County is located in the southern Central Valley of the state of California. Established in 1866, it extends east beyond the southern slope of the eastern Sierra Nevada range into the Mojave Desert, and includes parts of the Indian Wells Valley, and the Antelope Valley. From the Sierras the county extends across the floor of the San Joaquin Valley to the eastern edge of the Temblor Range, part of the Coastal Ranges. To the south the county extends over the ridge of the Tehachapi Mountains. According to the 2009 census, its population was 807,407. The county seat is Bakersfield (since 1874) with the original county seat being the former mining town of Havilah in the mountains between Bakersfield and Tehachapi.
The county has a large agricultural base and is a significant producer of oil, natural gas, hydro-electric power, wind turbine power, and geothermal power. As of 2009[update], Kern remains California's top oil-producing county, with 81% of the state's 52,144 active oil wells. The county accounts for one-tenth of overall U.S. oil production, and three of the five largest U.S. oil fields are in Kern County. Kern is also noted for its mineral wealth, including gold, borate, and kernite. The largest open pit mine in California, which mines borax, is at Boron in Kern County.
Cooperative Extension is the informal off-campus educational arm of the University of California. It is a part of the Land-Grant College System, that since 1914, has provided the citizens of California and Kern County with the following programs to improve their quality of living.
4-H Youth Development
Saving Water in Turf and the Landscape: A Seminar Series
The two seminars held in June were very well received and had great attendance. We plan to offer more sessions in the near future, so check back for specific dates.
The seminar topics were:
Strategies for saving water in turfgrass
Landscape water conservation.
Register at: Online registration will be available for future seminar dates.
The University of California has been extensively involved in research and implementation of water conservation/management strategies throughout the state. A lot is known about when and how to most effectively use limited water supplies. The links below contain a brief introduction. Additional information is available at the UC ANR drought website, which is located at: http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/California_Drought_Expertise/
All donations will be used exclusively for the delivery of Cooperative Extension programs in Kern County, including 4-H Youth Development, Food and Nutrition Education, and agricultural research.
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Cooperative Extension Kern County
1031 South Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
Phone: (661) 868-6200
Fax: (661) 868-6208
Dr. Brian Marsh