New Farm Advisor Introduction

Sacramento, Calif., (June 19, 2017) – We are pleased to present Luke K. Milliron, as the UCCE Farm Advisor Butte, Glenn, and Tehama Counties.

I am ecstatic to be working as the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) orchard systems Farm Advisor for Butte, Glenn, and Tehama Counties. I am based out of the Butte County Cooperative Extension Office in Oroville. I grew up in Chico and studied Crop Science at Butte College and Chico State. While attending Chico State, I worked as a Student Assistant to Tree Crop Farm Advisor Bill Krueger, out of the Glenn County Cooperative Extension office.

In 2013 I left Chico to pursue a Master of Science degree in Horticulture and Agronomy at UC Davis. While at UC Davis in the midst of drought in California, I studied the measurement of almond tree water stress during dormancy. In 2015, I was selected as the UCCE Horticulture Intern, an internship program funded by the Almond Board of California and the California Dried Plum Board aimed at training the next generation for UC Cooperative Extension. In this internship I worked on UC field trials in Sutter, Yuba and Colusa County almond and prune orchards with Farm Advisor Franz Niederholzer.

I have most recently been working as an Agronomy Technician at Dellavalle Laboratory, Inc. in Davis. At Dellavalle, I worked for the past year to assist growers with analytic crop nutrient management through soil and plant tissue sampling and irrigation management support in almond, walnut, grapevine and processing tomato systems. At each step in my journey I have greatly enjoyed working with growers and other agriculture professionals. I am humbled and very excited to work as your almond farm advisor. I encourage you to contact me by sending me an e-mail at lkmilliron@ucanr.edu, giving me a call at (530) 538-7201 or stopping by the office at 2279-B Del Oro Avenue in Oroville.

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