California scientist to speak at A&M Uvalde center March 13

University of California-Davis scientist Jeffrey Peter Mitchell will be in Uvalde on Tuesday to discuss the evolution of vegetable cropping systems in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Mitchell, the guest of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Uvalde director Daniel Leskovar, will speak March 13 at 11 a.m. at the Uvalde center, 1619 Garner Field Road.

The seminar is open to the general public but is specifically designed for vegetable farmers, agricultural producers and irrigation-related industry representatives.

Mitchell is a cooperative extension cropping systems specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences Science at UC-Davis. According to his faculty page, Mitchell’s work addresses water management, resource use efficiency and post-harvest product quality.

He is a proponent of no/low-till agriculture and conservation agriculture.

His research and extension education programs focus on conservation agriculture systems and their potential benefits for air, water and soil resource management, soil quality assessment and interpretation, and the development and evaluation of sustainable crop production systems.

Mitchell also works with California’s Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation Center, which has over 2,200 university, farmer, Natural Resource Conservation Service, public agency, and private industry members and affiliates.

Mitchell received an undergraduate degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles and graduate degrees from UC-Davis.

Before beginning graduate school, he was a teacher and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, in Southern Africa. He has been involved with several long-term cropping systems projects including the Biologically Integrated Farming Systems program in the Central San Joaquin Valley and the Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Project in the Sacramento Valley.

He is involved with many pioneering farmers throughout the Central Valley on a variety of conservation agriculture systems. He is also working with several San Joaquin Valley farmers to develop conservation farming systems that encompass other aspects and technologies as well. He also teaches courses on agronomic and vegetable crop systems at the UC-Davis.


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