Affiliate Advisors

Wild Famlands Advisor Affiliates fall under two categories: Agronomists and Advisors.

Agronomists are agricultural scientists. Although agronomists are also considered experts and advisors, they typically have college degrees and agricultural certifications that set them apart from other experts and advisors, who may be experts or advisors in a narrow field or by experience only. Agronomists are soil and crop scientists that look for ways to improve the productivity of farmlands. Many agronomists specialize in specific areas such as irrigation and drainage, plant breeding, plant physiology, soil classification, soil fertility, weed control, and insect and pest control. An agronomist often acts as a liaison between our farmers and the crop researchers. He or she will review research findings and use this knowledge to help recommend solutions to farmers. Agronomists make recommendations to the farmer regarding new scientific developments.

Experts and Advisors are people with extensive knowledge or ability based on research, experience, or occupation. Like the agronomist, agricultural, wildlife or evnironmental experts and advisors look for ways to improve the productivity of farmlands and preserve local ecosystems. Also like agronomists, experts and advisors specialize in specific areas, but many experts and advisors specialize in very narrow areas, such as a particular plant, animal or insect, technology, product, material or farming practice.

DR. MIGUEL DUARTE

MiguelDuarte 112Dr. Miguel Duarte received his degree as an Agronomist with emphasis in Pomology and Viticulture from the University of Sonora, in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. He earned a Master’s Degree in Viticulture & Enology at The University of California, Davis. He also earned a Ph.D. in Horticulture with emphasis in Plant Physiology and Viticulture from The University of Arizona.

Dr. Duarte has over 25 years of professional experience in Viticulture; he has consulted extensively in the domestic and international arenas, with well-known Viticulturist & Enologist such as; Dr. Harold P. Olmo, Dr. Lloyd A. Lider. Dr. Mark W. Kliewer and Wine Microbiologist Dr. Ralph W. Kunkee. He currently consults for large wine and table grape operations in California, Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

MiguelDuarte 112Dr. Miguel Duarte received his degree as an Agronomist with emphasis in Pomology and Viticulture from the University of Sonora, in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. He earned a Master’s Degree in Viticulture & Enology at The University of California, Davis. He also earned a Ph.D. in Horticulture with emphasis in Plant Physiology and Viticulture from The University of Arizona.

Dr. Duarte has over 25 years of professional experience in Viticulture; he has consulted extensively in the domestic and international arenas, with well-known Viticulturist & Enologist such as; Dr. Harold P. Olmo, Dr. Lloyd A. Lider. Dr. Mark W. Kliewer and Wine Microbiologist Dr. Ralph W. Kunkee. He currently consults for large wine and table grape operations in California, Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

Mark Gaskell
Mark Gaskell

Dr. Mark Gaskell of the University of California Co-Op Extension focuses on specialty crops, small fruit crops, vegetables, sustainable agriculture, small farms in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Mark graduated with his M.S. in Crop Physiology and Production from Iowa State in 1978, and earned his Ph.D. in Crop Physiology and Production from Iowa State University in 1980.

SurendraDara 180Dr. Surendra Dara of the University of the California Co-Op Extension focuses his work on strawberries, vegetable crops, general plants and their systems, insects, mites, and other arthropods affecting plants.

Dara, an Extension entomologist since January 2009, serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and is an affiliated UC IPM advisor, part of the UC Statewide IPM Program. He is also affiliated to the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis.

     

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